Kareem Streete-Thompson, an 11-time All-American at Rice, is one of three assistant coaches being added to the revamped men’s and women’s track and field team at Texas, the Longhorns announced Tuesday.
New head coach Mario Sategna revealed the hiring of Streete-Thompson, who will coach horizontal jumps and assist new associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey with the sprints, as well as Ty Sevin (field events) and Brad Herbster (distance/cross country).
Sategna has one vacancy yet to fill. Under NCAA rules governing combined men’s and women’s track and field programs, there can be six full-time coaches.
“The foundation that will start with the staff will have a ripple effect …” Sategna said in a statement. “It’s a win-win for all of us, and they are excited to hit the ground running.”
Streete-Thompson, who was born in New York state but raised in the Cayman Islands, was a two-time NCAA long jump champion and a silver medalist at the 2001 world indoor championships. He also competed in the 100 meters at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
He coached at Missouri this past season after spending four years at Florida State, coaching the women’s team in the sprint, hurdle and relay events. He called coaching at Texas, “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“I spent over 10 years of my life between Houston and Austin in my collegiate and professional running career,” Streete-Thompson said in a statement. “I consider Texas to be my second home.”
Sevin, who attended both LSU and Texas A&M, served as an assistant at Oklahoma State, A&M and Michigan State before being the head coach at McNeese State from 2005-07. He spent the past five years as a field-events coach for the U.S. national team. His pupils have won eight national titles and set two American and one Canadian record.
Herbster, a Kingwood native who graduated from South Carolina, has spent the past four years as an assistant track coach and associate head cross country coach at Clemson.