Nikki Nunn jumped the third-best distance in Purdue history on Saturday.
Rolando Greene was named the head coach of the Purdue men's and women's track and field and cross country teams on July 3, 2012. Greene came to Purdue from the University of Arkansas where he worked with the women's program for 16 seasons. Most recently, he was the associate head coach in charge of sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and multi events. He was named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
While with the Razorbacks, Greene coached four student-athletes to five NCAA event titles, 29 athletes who earned 96 All-America honors, 16 Southeast Conference champions, two SEC Runners of the Year, an SEC co-Freshman Runner of the Year and two U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region Runners of the Year.
Arkansas finished in the top 25 at both the NCAA Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in five of the last six seasons with the help of Greene's direction. The Razorbacks finished fourth in 2011 and tied for fifth in 2012 at the indoor meet, while posting three top-15 finishes outdoors.
In more than 20 years of coaching at collegiate level, Greene has mentored eight Olympians, including two from the 2012 London Games, and three student-athletes who have competed at the World Championships. Additionally, his student-athletes have competed at the World Junior Championships, World University Games, Pan Am Games, NACAC U-23 Championships and Central American Championships. He has served on the coaching staff for the NACAC U-23 Championships and was selected (but did not serve) as an aide for the Central American Championships.
Greene was promoted to associate head coach in 2000 and put together back-to-back unprecedented seasons in 2004 and 2005, when two of his student-athletes swept the 200-meter national championships at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor meets the first year, then followed it with an Aneita Denton sweep of the 800-meter titles in 2005. The 2004 200-meter duo, Veronica Campbell-Brown and La'Shaunte'a Moore, were participants at the Athens Olympics.
Greene was recognized by his peers with the 2004 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association National Assistant Coach of the Year award. He also was named the USTFCCCA's Mideast Region Sprint Coach of the Year in 2007.
Prior to his stint at Arkansas, Greene was an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota women's program in 1995-96. He was a men's and women's assistant at what is now Missouri State University from 1991 to 1995.
A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Greene earned his B.S. from Murray State University in 1989. He is married to former Razorback LaTayna Stewart. The couple has a daughter, Charisse; three sons, Cameron, Isaiah and Jacob; and two grandchildren, Tylan and Caleb.