Smith Gilbert Announces Track & Field Staff Additions
July 25, 2013
David Freeman has been named head women's cross country and distance coach, Berry Shumpert has been named jumps coach and Mary Angell has been named the director of operations for the USC track and field program, announced Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert today (July 25).
Freeman will take over the reigns of the USC women's cross country program and be in charge of the distance runners, following two seasons at TCU. While at TCU, Freeman was an assistant coach for track and cross country and served as the director of operations. Prior to that, Freeman was the head coach at Freedom High in Orlando, Fla. for one season and at Tates Creek High in Lexington, Ky. for two seasons. In 2001, Freeman was named the Area 6 Girl's Track and Field Coach of the Year as he led the Commodores to a state runner-up finish in Class 3A.
Freeman worked with the Florida track and field team as a volunteer assistant for three seasons and at his alma mater Kentucky for one season. He had an accomplished track career at Kentucky, highlighted by a trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to compete in the 1500m race. He represented Puerto Rico and finished 10th in his heat and 24th overall. Freeman graduated from Kentucky in 2005 with a degree in business management and earned his masters in business education from UK in 2009. While competing at Kentucky, Freeman was a three-time indoor All-American in the 800m and mile run. He still holds the Kentucky school record in the indoor 800m.
"I'm excited to add David to our staff," said Smith Gilbert. "He has Olympic-caliber experience and has worked his way up through the ranks as a coach. He will coach the middle distances and cross country. He is a great recruiter and can recruit the entire country as well as internationally. He will fit in nicely with the philosophy we have of `building the whole person'."
Shumpert spent the 2013 season at Purdue as the jumps and multi-events coach where he helped lead senior high jumper Geoff Davis to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships and to first team All-America honors for the first time in his career.
Shumpert spent the previous six seasons as the associate head men's and women's track and field coach at Coastal Carolina. Shumpert helped lead Coastal Carolina to eight big South Conference Championships (indoor and outdoor titles). He was in charge of the sprints, jumps and hurdles groups which produced between 60-80 percent of the team's points at the conference meet during his tenure. In 2008, Shumpert was named the NCAA South East Region Coach of the Year. Shumpert also coached at Coastal Carolina from 1997-99 and 2000-01, where he helped the program set 20 new school records, had 35 All-Big South performers, 10 Big South Conference title holders and three Big South records.
Prior to his stint at Coastal Carolina, Shumpert served for two seasons as the assistant women's track and field coach at Miami. He helped lead the team to four straight Atlantic Coast Conference team titles. While 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 led the team to a fifth place finish at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships with All-America performances in the long jump, triple jump and pentathlon. One of his student-athletes, Tabia Charles, triple jumped 46-7 which ranked at the time as one of the top 10 jumps in NCAA history. Shumpert was named the 2005 and 2006 National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to Miami, he spent three years at the University of Tennessee as a volunteer assistant track and field coach while he earned his master's degree in sport management. Shumpert assisted one NCAA Champion, 13 All-Americans and nine All-Southeastern Conference performers. Shumpert also helped coach Tianna Madison, who was the 2005 World Champion in the long jump. He also worked in the Office of Academic Enrichment Programs as an education counselor, advising low-income, first-generation college-bound students.
In between his times at Coastal, he was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Big South-rival Radford during the 1999-2000 season. He assisted in all phases of the program, while also producing four Big South champions, six All-Big South performers and 14 new school records. He also coached at two different high schools in Alabama, producing state champions in 1994 at Blount High School in Mobile and 1996 at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville.
Shumpert, who has his USATF Level II Coaching Certification in the jumps, earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Alabama A&M University in 1993. He was a member of the track and field team, competing in the sprints and jumps. He received All-Conference honors in the long jump and triple jump.
"I've known Berry for a long time. We worked together at Tennessee," said Smith Gilbert. "I've always been impressed with his integrity, vision and ability to communicate with the athletes and to get them to perform at their best. He was very successful at Miami, Coastal Carolina and Purdue and has developed conference champions and All-Americans everywhere he has been. He will be a great asset to the USC program and I'm looking forward to the impact he will have on our team."
Angell comes to USC after serving as the director of operations for Smith Gilbert at UCF last season. Angell graduated from Kentucky in 2011 where she competed in the throws, earning honorable mention All-America status in the discus as a senior. Her specialty was the shot put and the discus throw with best marks of 56-3.25 (16.31m) in the shot put and 184-7 (56.26m) in the discus throw. Angell was a 2010 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic honoree. Angell reached the finals at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the discus throw. She placed 11th with a throw of 174-4. Angell had a throw of 176-11 to reach the finals.
"Mary worked with me at UCF and has shown a great ability to coordinate the operation of a successful program," said Smith Gilbert. "She is a very smart person and understands what it takes to provide the best environment for the student-athletes to become successful."
Smith Gilbert hopes to complete the USC track and field staff by early August.