Aug. 8, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue track and field program hired two assistant coaches, head coach Lonnie Greene announced on Wednesday. Norbert Elliott takes over the men's sprints, hurdles, and relays while Berry Shumpert III will handle the men's and women's horizontal and vertical jumps as well as coordinator for the multi-events.
"It is with pleasure and excitement to announce that Norbert Elliot and Berry Shumpert III will be joining our staff," head coach Lonnie Greene said. "These two outstanding individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise and I am very excited for the opportunities that lie ahead."
Elliott brings a wealth experience to the Purdue track and field program. He has over 20 years of experience with major division I universities. Elliott comes to Purdue most recently from Campbell University where he was the head track and field and cross country coach last season. Prior to his stint with the Camels, he was an assistant track coach at the University of Tennessee for seven years. He also served as the head track and field and cross country coach at Murray State University for two years, assistant track coach at the University of Georgia for nine years, and an assistant track coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for three years.
"Coach Elliott brings many elements to the table. He has a worldwide recruiting base and is excellent at identifying and evaluating talent," said Coach Greene of his new assistant. "He brings great things to Purdue University and is an outstanding coach, teacher, and mentor. To add him to our staff is exciting. I very much look forward to the future of Purdue track and field with Coach Elliott on staff."
While with Tennessee, Elliott was the recruiting coordinator for Caribbean student-athletes. He also helped coach his student-athletes to 29 All-America certificates, two NCAA Championships, eight SEC individual championships, and five school records. His excellence with the sprints led Elliott to be named the 2007 Mideast Assistant Sprints Coach of the Year.
In all, Elliott has coached over 50 All-Americans and eight individual NCAA Champions.
In 2001, Elliott was selected the head men's team coach of the Bahamas at the World Championships in Canada. There, he coached the men's 400m World Champion, the women's 200m World Champion and bronze medalist, and the men's 4x400m silver medal team. Elliott's international experience doesn't stop with the World Championships.
In 2000, the new Purdue men's sprints, hurdles, and relays assistant coached the 4x100m relay Olympic Gold Medal team in Sydney, Australia. He also coached finalists in the 100m and 200m dashes in those Olympics. Elliott has also coached the World Junior Champions Team for jumps for the Bahamas in 2000 and the Bahamian World Championships women's finalists in the 100m and 200m in 1999. He has also coached numerous World Championships medalists from the Bahamas and Iceland including in 1995 when he was the Head Coach of the Bahamas National Team at the Central America and Caribbean Meet in Guatemala.
Elliott's coaching techniques have been used at clinics and camps across the country. In 1998, he presented his triple jump techniques and analyses at the MF-Athletics All-Star Clinic as well as at the USA Track Coaches Convention. Elliott's coaching techniques and recruiting are renowned throughout many of the nation's best conferences including the SEC and the Ohio Valley Conference.
Shumpert comes to Purdue after spending the last six years as the associate head men's and women's track and field coach at Coastal Carolina University. There, he 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.
The new Purdue jumps and multi-events assistant 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.
"I have many of the same sentiments for Coach Shumpert as I do with Coach Elliott," Coach Greene said. "Coach Shumpert brings a national and international recruiting base which is an awesome attribute to bring to Purdue. 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."
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.
"These two men will help take Purdue to new heights," Coach Greene reiterated. "So, I would like to be the first one to welcome both coaches and their families to the Boilermaker family."