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Ricardo Page
Assistant Coach (Throws/Jumps/Multi)
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach (Throws/Jumps/Multi)
Alma Mater: Southern Miss, 2008
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 404-413-4127

Ricardo Page became a member of the Georgia State staff in 2014 and assumed the role of coaching the throwers and vertical jumpers, while assisting in the overall operations for the program.

2015 Track Season

GSU qualified two throwers for the NCAA East Preliminaries in LaPorscha Wells and Alysiah Whittaker. Wells was the Sun Belt Most Outstanding Field Performer after winning both the shot put and hammer throws at the Championship Meet.

Wells, a sophomore, set a school outdoor record in the hammerand the shot put, while establishing indoor school records in the shot put and weight throws. Wellswas a three-time Sun Belt Performer of the Week (two outdoor honors, one indoor).

Whittaker, also a sophomore, set the school outdoor record in the discus. Whittaker qualified for the NCAA East in both the discus (third-best throw school history) and shot put (two of four best indoor throws in school history).

A third sophomore, Kelsey Gray, set the school record in the javelin throw. A fourth sophomore, Tracy Dorcemont, had a school record weight throw in the December indoor opener and was named Sun Belt Performer of the Week.

The improvment in the field events enabled Georgia State to finish second at the Sun Belt Championships with 129 points, just nine away from the title. The indoor team moved up to third at the Sun Belt Championships with a school-best 82.5 points in their third year of indoor competition.

Coaching Career

He is a eight-year veteran of collegiate coaching, coming to Georgia State from two years on the Jackson State staff. As a student-athlete at Southern Miss (2005-08), Page set a school record and was an All-Conference USA discus thrower. He had the second-longest shot put in USM history.

Page, a Jamaica native, earned a bachelor’s degree in coaching education at Southern Miss and earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Union College (Ky.).

For the past two seasons, Page tutored the SWAC champion discus thrower with Jackson State. In 2014, Page’s discus competitors took first, seventh, 11th and 13th among the 27 throwers. His shot putter earned second in the SWAC indoor championship and his high jumper finished tenth.

At Union College, he coached three conference champions and an NAIA national qualifier in two seasons. Page was on the staff that secured the first women’s conference title in school history. He coached at Southern Miss as a volunteer assistant, helping tutor the C-USA 2009 indoor weight throw female champion and the male outdoor shot put champion.

Page began his coaching career as a high school coach (Bridgeport) in his native Jamaica with two national champions and two Jamaican junior national qualifiers. He coached Raymond Brown and Camoi Hood, the 2005 CARIFTA champion and PANAM junior representative.

Student-Athlete

As an athlete, he was the 2000 Jamaican high school 17 and under discus national champion and the record holder. He won silver and bronze medals in the Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships. In 2004, Page was the Jamaican senior national champion and took silver and bronze medals in 2005. He was a four-time Jamaican Intercollegiate champion in shot put and discus.

Personal

Page grew up in Spanish Town, in the St. Catherine parish near Kingston, Jamaica. The son of Cyril and Cystin Page, he competed at G. C. Foster College before coming to USM.

Page is married to Samarla and the couple has a son Keenan, born in the spring of 2014.