Althea Thomas completes the Purdue track staff that brought in five new coaches this season.
Berry Shumpert III came to Purdue after spending six years as the associate head men's and women's track and field coach at Coastal Carolina University.
"Coach Shumpert brings a national and international recruiting base which is an awesome attribute to bring to Purdue," head coach Lonnie Greene said. "I believe we can take the program to great heights with him on staff. Everywhere he has been, he has left a lasting impression, from the ACC, to the SEC and the Big South Conference. Shumpert has coached National Champions, Conference Champions, and Olympians. I am very excited for the opportunity to have him on staff."
With Coastal Carolina, Shumpert helped lead the team to eight Big South Conference Championships. He was in charge of the sprints, jumps, and hurdles groups which produced between 60% and 80% of the team's points at the conference meet during his tenure.
Shumpert also coached the first student-athletes in Coastal Carolina history to NCAA National and Regional meets in the pole vault, long jump, triple jump, high jump, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 100m and 200m dashes. For his efforts, Shumpert was named the 2008 NCAA South East Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Coastal Carolina, Shumpert was the assistant women's track and field coach at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Fla., for two years. There, he helped lead the team to four straight Atlantic Coast Conference team championships with back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. With the Hurricanes, Shumpert was in charge of the jumps and multi-events group that set the conference and university records in the long jump, triple jump, and pentathlon. He also helped lead the team to a fifth place finish at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships with All-American performances in the long jump, triple jump, and pentathlon. One of his student-athletes, Tabia Charles, leapt 46'7" in the triple jump under his direction which ranked among the top 10 marks in NCAA history. For his efforts at Miami, Shumpert was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
Shumpert also has experience coaching in the SEC as he was a volunteer assistant track and field coach for the University of Tennessee women's program from 2001-04. There, he helped lead nine All-SEC performers.
From 1999-2000, Shumpert was the head men's and assistant women's cross country and track and field coach at Radford University in Virginia. There, he coached four league champions, six All-Conference performers, and set 14 new university records. Shumpert also took Radford to new heights in terms of recruiting.