Blockburger Named USC T&F Assistant Coach For Jumps|
July 14, 2015
Sheldon Blockburger has been named as the assistant coach in charge of jumps and multi-events for the USC Track & Field program it was announced by Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert today (July 14).
"This is a huge coup for USC Track & Field. Sheldon is, arguably, one of the few premier jumps and multi-events coaches in America and we are very pleased to be able to add such a great coach and mentor to our staff," said Smith Gilbert. "He brings a wealth of experience, success and passion along with him to USC and we are excited to welcome him into the Trojan Family."
Blockburger comes to USC after 10 seasons as the combined events/jumps coach at Arizona where he guided athletes to 11 NCAA titles and 16 Pac-12 conference titles. He had 39 athletes garner All-America honors during his coaching stay in Arizona. Last season, Blockburger guided Pau Tonnesen to the Pac-12 Decathlon title and to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a school-record 8,247 points.
Prior to coaching at Arizona, Blockburger coached nine seasons at Cal Poly where he led athletes to 14 Big West outdoor titles and two NCAA titles. He coached 15 All-Americans while at Cal Poly.
Many of the athletes Blockburger has coached have gone on to achieve international success, including 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Brigetta Barrett in the high jump.
Blockburger was an outstanding decathlete himself, placing second in 1989 and third in 1990 at the USA Track & Field Championships. He also placed third in the decathlon at the 1991 Pan American games in Cuba. He posted a personal best in the decathlon on 8,301 points at the USA Championships on June 13, 1990.
Blockburger attended Orange Coast College and won the 1985 California Junior College decathlon title. He then transferred to LSU and placed fifth in the decathlon at the 1987 NCAA Championships. He graduated from Newport Harbor High in 1983 and won CIF division titles in both the long jump and triple jump during his senior season, one year after joining the track and field team.
Blockburger and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of twins, Johnny and Alyssa.