Jerel Langley coaches jumps and multi-events at the University of Miami, joining the track and field program in September 2013.
Langley came to Miami after spending three years at Eastern Michigan. He has also been an assistant coach at Kennesaw State and saw his student-athletes excel at both universities.
The 2015 season was a strong one for Miami's jumpers as Alysha Newman and John-Patrick Friday were national qualifiers, with Newman earning Second Team All-America honors in the women's pole vault.
Langley had three athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary as Newman competed in the pole vault, Friday in the men's long and triple jump and Dakota Dailey-Harris in the women's high jump.
The Hurricane jumpers had a lot of success at the ACC Outdoor Championships with Newman and Dailey-Harris earning silver medals in the pole vault and high jump, respectively. Friday also scored in the long jump and triple jump, while Bailey Vitatoe scored for the men in the high jump. Newman and Dailey-Harris were named First Team All-ACC, while Friday earned Second Team All-ACC honors in both the long and triple jumps.
Freshman Amy Taintor also made an impact in the heptathlon, placing seventh at the ACC Outdoor Championships with 4,997 points. Taintor, who was in her first season as a heptathlete, moved into third place in school history after her stellar showing at the conference meet.
Friday also had a strong showing at the ACC Indoor Championships, setting a school record while earning a bronze medal in the high jump and also scoring in both the long jump and triple jump. David Njoku also picked up points for the Miami men at the ACC Indoor Championships, placing sixth in the high jump to earn Second Team All-ACC honors.
In his first season at Miami, Langley guided two student-athletes to appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Alysha Newman earned first team All-America honors after placing seventh at the NCAA Championships in the women's pole vault, while Dakota Dailey-Harris was All-America honorable mention after finishing 19th in the women's high jump.
Langley guided both female jumpers to unprecedented levels of success. Newman set both the indoor (4.35m) and outdoor (4.41m) school records in the pole vault, while earning first team All-America honors for the indoor season. The sophomore also earned All-ACC honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Dailey-Harris climbed up to the second spot in Miami history in the women's high jump with a personal-best mark of 1.80m. The sophomore showed significant improvement in her first season under Langley's coaching, advancing to the finals of the NCAA Championships in just her second collegiate season.
On the men's side, Langley coached All-ACC selection and NCAA qualifier John-Patrick Friday to a second place finish in the men's triple jump at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Timothy Richardson also had success under Langley, placing fifth in both the triple jump and long jump at the ACC Indoor Championships and finishing fifth in the triple jump at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
At Eastern Michigan, Langley helped high jumper Tatijana Jacobson earn a spot in the field at the 2013 USA Outdoor Senior Nationals. Langley also coached Alysha Newman to Canadian Junior National records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault, as well as the Pan-American Junior Championship meet record at 4.40m. Newman also earned second team All-America honors at the 2013 Indoor Nationals.
Langley also coached Kate Wolanin to Eastern Michigan’s first MAC Indoor Pentathlon Championship and guided Meghan Powers to a second place finish in the indoor pole vault at the MAC Championships. In Langley’s first year at EMU, he coached Jessica Hemingway to second team All-America honors and helped her break the school’s records for both indoor and outdoor pole vault.
Overall, Langley coached five MAC individual champions, 10 All-MAC performers, had six student-athletes qualify for the NCAA East Regional and guided his student-athletes towards setting seven school records at Eastern Michigan.
While at Kennesaw State, Langley was the program’s recruiting coordinator and also coached javelin, pole vault and multi-events. Fifteen Owls were named All-Atlantic Sun in Langley’s two years at Kennesaw State. Additionally, twelve school records were broken in those two years and five conference championships were claimed. The men’s team won the conference Triple Crown in Langley’s first year on staff.
Langley attended Gardner-Webb University, where he was a member of the school’s track and field team. After graduating from GWU in 2008 with a degree in sport management, Langley went to Kennesaw State where he received his Master’s degree in Applied Exercise and Health Science. A native of Cumming, Ga., Langley is married to the former Ashley Hall and they welcomed their first son, Jaxon, in April of 2014.