Golden Eagle Track and Field Teams Travel to UAB Invitational; Women's Team Moves Up in the Rankings
Women's team jumps three spot to No. 10 in national rankings
Kevin Stephen became the school's third head track and field coach of the modern area July 25, 2007.
Kevin Stephen just completed his fourth season as head track and field coach after serving eight seasons as an assistant with the Southern Miss track and field program.
Prior to taking the head coaching position, his main coaching responsibility included working with the throwers and the multi-event athletes, the team's strength and conditioning program, meet management as well as recruiting.
Stephen's teams produced a record-setting season in 2011 on the women's side as four student-athletes garnered All-American status including two first team selections during the indoor season and three first team selections during the outdoor season. Tori Bowie became the first Southern Miss athlete in track and field to win a national championship in any event in school history as she took the title in both the indoor and outdoor long jump. Ganna Demydova finished fourth in the indoor triple jump and third in the outdoor triple jump and established school records in both while Ke'Airra Jones earned second team honors during the indoor high jump with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Chastity Riggien also earned second All-American honors in the 60 meters. Jones earned a fourth-place finish in the outdoor high jump to earn first team All-American honors. Riggien recorded a time of 11.52 in the 100 meters and placed 13th overall to earn second team All-American accolades.
Stephen's efforts in the area of recruiting have produced several all-conference, all-regional athletes which consist of Jason Wilson, Ashley Reyer, Conrad Chanove, Jeb Meschke, Hana Prudilova, Tamara Dayes, Noah Bryant, Tanika Liburd, Ashley May, Ke'Airra Jones, Tori Bowie, Kyle Smith and Marcus Norwood. Wilson, Liburd and Bowie earned All-American honors.
Stephen's athletes have set or broken school records in men's indoor shot, weight throw and heptathlon, men's outdoor shot, hammer, discus, javelin and decathlon, women's indoor 60-meter dash, shot, weight throw, pentathlon, high jump, long jump and triple jump and women's outdoor shot, hammer, discus, pole vault, heptathlon, high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin.
Last season, Stephen's had a combined record 50 athletes that placed in the top eight during the C-USA indoor and outdoor meets that included three champions. One Golden Eagle competed in the indoor National Championship and 12 athletes competed in the NCAA Preliminary round with four advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Tori Bowie earned All-American honors with her sixth-place finish in the long jump. In 2009 combined 37 of Stephen's athletes nearly matched the 2008 group that placed in the top eight during the C-USA indoor and outdoor meets that included two champions. A total of eight outdoor performers qualified for the NCAA regional competition and two advancing on the NCAA National Championships.
In 2008, Stephen had a combined total of 39 athletes place in the top eight during the C-USA indoor and outdoor meets, including one champion. Six outdoor athletes qualified for NCAA regional competition with two advancing to the NCAA National Championships.
In 2007, Stephen coached two national qualifiers in Prudilova in the javelin and Reyer in the heptathlon for the second straight year.
In 2006, Stephen coached the C-USA heptathlon champion in Reyer, whose performance was good enough to qualify for the NCAA National Championship, where she finished 14th overall. His throwers scored 11 points for the men's team. Marcus Brown recorded a regional qualifying mark in the hammer.
For three consecutive seasons, Stephen coached the C-USA champion in the javelin. Chanove won the javelin title two straight years, while Prudilova captured the women's event in 2004. In 2003, Meschke won the event and he and Chanove went on to qualify for the regional meet for two straight years. Chanove finished fourth at the regional meet and advanced to the national meet in 2005. Prudilova and Kate Juedes qualified for the regional competition in the javelin and Noah Bryant qualified for the men's discus.
During the nine years, Stephen has coached at least one conference champion and his athletes have scored points in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, hammer, javelin, shot, weight throw, heptathlon and decathlon at the C-USA meet. He also coached the current C-USA record holder in the decathlon (Jason Wilson, 7,521) and both former (Hope Sinclair, 5,361) and current heptathlon winner (Ashley Reyer, 5,392).
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Stephen was an undergraduate assistant at the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, he assisted in the field event areas of the jumps and throws, as well as with track meet coordination. He also assisted with several All-America throwers and jumpers.
Stephen received a track scholarship to Alabama after graduating from Queen's Royal College. He was captain of the Trinidad and Tobago junior national track and field team for two years. At the Central American and Caribbean Games, he became his country's first gold medal winner in the decathlon. He also competed in soccer and basketball and was named Queen's Royal College Sportsman of the Year.
Stephen earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in general business from Alabama in 1997 and an MBA from Southern Miss in 2001.
The Trinidad and Tobago native is the son of Joseph and Mary Stephen.
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