|Position:||Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)|
Kyle Stevenson was hired as the track and field coach in summer of 2017.
Stevenson previously was the assistant track and field coach at Saint Martins where he guided Mikel Smith to the silver in the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. As the underdog at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, he led Smith to SMU’s first and only National Champion.
Prior to Saint Martins, Stevenson coached at East Tennessee State where he helped his team finish third on the women’s side both indoor and outdoor at the Southern Conference Championships. While coaching some of the women sprinters and hurdlers three school records were set in the indoor 60m hurdles (8.29), outdoor 100m meters (11.65) and 100 meter hurdles (13.35). The 100m hurdle race was a Southern Conference record. In addition, he helped the men place third in the SoCON Championships.
The Memphis, Tenn., native got his start in coaching with stops at Austin East High School and Hardin Valley Academy. At Austin East, the boys 4x100 team placed fourth at the 2011 TSSAA State Championship – the team’s first appearance at state in over five years.
Stevenson graduated from University of Tennessee where he was a two-time All American. He walked onto the team as a freshman and eventually became team captain and All-American as part of the 4x100 relay team in 2007 and 2008. During the summer of 2007, Stevenson joined Team USA for the Junior Pan American Team where he competed in the 200 (placing 4th) and the 4x1 (placing 1st). He was also a seven-time scorer at the SEC Championship in four different events and helped the 4x100 team claim the SEC title in 2007 and finish runner-up in 2008. His personal best in the 60m is 6.68, 100m is 10.29w, and 200m is 20.76. His fastest 4x1 relay time was 38.88 beating notable athletes.
In high school the sprinter established records in the 400m with a time of 48.44 and also defended his 200m state championship in 2006. With these accomplishments, Stevenson became only the sixth athlete to win the 200m state title twice.
Stevenson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management from Tennessee in 2010 and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in kinesiology – with a focus on sports psychology and motor behavior – from UT in 2011.