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Marlo Vinson
Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)
Alma Mater: Georgia Southern, 2004
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 404-413-4076

Marlo Vinson joined the Georgia State staff in 2014 and assumed the lead role in coaching sprints, hurdles, relays and horizontal jumps, while assisting in the overall operations for the program.

2015 Season

Junior Ravin Gilbert was the Sun Belt Most Outstanding Track Performer with a 23-point performance at the Championship Meet. Gilbert won the 100m, the 200m and was on the winning 4x100 team, while also running on the third-place 4x400 team. Gilbert qualified for the NCAA East Preliminaries and had two second-best performances in school history (11.48 100m and 23.50 200m, which were both in the top 25 in NCAA East). Gilbert finished 21st at the NCAA East and was 17th with the relay team. Gilbert also was the Sun Belt indoor 60m champion.

Senior Carole Idolphine was second in the 400m hurdles at the Sun Belt Championships. Senior Wande Brewer was fifth in both the 100m and 200m sprints. Junior Katherine Randolph was sixth in the 100m and 200m events at the Sun Belt.

Coaching Career

She is a former head coach at both Georgia Southern and Fort Valley State and a veteran of seven seasons as a track and field coach. As a student-athlete at Georgia Southern (2000-04), Marlo Mincey won six Southern Conference titles and was a 12-time All-SoCon honoree, while qualifying for the NCAA Regional and setting the SoCon record in the 400m hurdles.

As the head coach at Georgia Southern during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, the Eagles saw Ebony Carter earn Most Outstanding Track Performer at the SoCon outdoor championships, while Jasmine Walker was named the Freshman-of-the-Year at the SoCon indoor championships. The Eagles set two school records during the indoor season and two school records in the outdoor campaign. Jasmine Billings 8.49 60m hurdle indoor time was second all-time in SoCon history.

Prior to taking the head position at Georgia Southern, Vinson spent two years at Georgetown as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. As the leader for the student-athletes who competed in sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays. Vinson helped guide the Hoyas to 20 school records, including Georgetown’s first NCAA qualifying team in the women’s 4x100m relay. Her 4x400m relay unit recorded the third-fastest time in school history and became the first national meet qualifier in a decade.

The achievements of the Georgetown programs during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons included the recognition of four indoor and one outdoor track and field All-Americans, 14 NCAA championship qualifiers (8 indoor, 6 outdoor), 19 NCAA regionals qualifiers and seven Big East champions. Her 400m student-athlete became the third individual in Hoya history with that distinction. A male sprinter set a Hoya mark in the 500m dash and a national record in that event for his native Great Britain.

Vinson’s first head coaching job was with Fort Valley State in 2007-08 and 2008-09. She headed both the track and field and cross country teams for the Division II SIAC school. She helped 22 student-athletes qualify for the D-II national championship meet, with two competitors winning national titles in the men’s 200m and the women’s triple jump.

Fort Valley had 19 All-America student-athletes under her guidance, while having two region Athlete of the Year winners and 29 SIAC champions. In those two seasons, the Wildcat track and field team broke 14 school records. Vinson was selected the SIAC Coach of the Year winner in 2009.

She is USA Track and Field Level II combined event certified and completed the USTFCCCA program from spring, hurdle and relay specialist education.

 

Student-Athlete

 

As a student-athlete at Georgia Southern, Vinson represented the Eagles in the NCAA outdoor regional from 2001-04 and held five combined school records, with three outdoor and two indoor marks at the time of her graduation. She finished her competitive career with six Southern Conference titles beside her name, including performances in the 400m hurdles and as a member of the Eagle 4x440m relay team that set SoCon records.

 

The 12-time All-SoCon honoree earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science in 2004 and completed her master’s degree in sport management in 2007.

Personal

 

Vinson hails from Hazlehurst, Ga., where she had been the 2000 high school state Class AA state champion in the 300m hurdles for the Yellowjackets of Jeff Davis High School. She is married to Terrance Vinson and the couple’s first child will be born in the fall of 2014.