Aug. 17, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- - Southern Miss head track and field coach Kevin Stephen announced the hiring of former Golden Eagle standout Shane Brandford as an assistant track and field coach.
"I am very pleased to have Shane Brandford return to Southern Miss to be my assistant," Stephen said. "While here as an athlete then as a student assistant, Shane proved to be hard working, dedicated and loyal. He is a man of strong character and positive energy. I am very excited to work with him because he brings valuable experience from his previous coaching position as well as the ability to recruit first class student athletes to our track and field program."
Brandford comes to Southern Miss after a two seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he coached javelin throwers and assisted with sprinters, jumpers and throwers. He also assisted with team equipment purchasing, lettering, and coordinated home cross country meets and team travel.
"I am excited about having the opportunity to return to Southern Miss as a coach," Brandford said. "Not many coaches get to work at their alma mater, and I appreciate Coach Stephen for allowing me to contribute further to the continued success and growth of the Southern Miss track and field program."
Prior to his UALR position, Brandford spent one season as a volunteer assistant with the Southern Miss program, where he coached sprints and relays and assisted with general operational duties including video taping, equipment management, and other duties.
The St. Philip, Barbados native graduated from Southern Mississippi in May of 2005 with a degree in journalism and public relations.
Brandford, a three-year letterwinner, had a very successful career in track and field at Southern Miss. He won a bronze medal in the javelin at the 2004 Conference-USA meet, and he qualified for the NCAA regionals in the he 4x100 meter relay. He recorded a personal best in the 100 meters at 10.52 seconds and in the javelin at 61.52 meters. Brandford won the CARITA gold and the Central American and Caribbean silver in the javelin in 1998. He was a junior national champion in the 100 meters and javelin in 1999 and 2000.
Brandford is currently completing his master's degree in arts and journalism at UALR.