Former Winthrop thrower Travis Coleman joined the Georgia State cross country and track and field program in July 2012 as an assistant coach in charge of throws, multi-events and vertical jumps. He assists with program operations for both sports.
His second season of 2013-14 saw dramatic improvement with a strong recruiting class. Freshman Alysiah Whittaker set school records in the outdoor and indoor shot put in qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminaries and the USATF Junior Nationals. She had the school-record throw of 15.70m in winning at Troy and finished sixth at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. Whittaker also scored at the SBC with a seventh-place finish in the discus with a personal-best distance of 46.68m. Freshman LaPorscha Wells set a school outdoor record in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.72m and finished ninth at the SBC. In the javelin, a third freshman (Kelsey Gray) set that school record with a best of 34.85m. The team finished second at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships and fifth in the Sun Belt Indoor Championships.
In his first season with GSU, Coleman helped with the inaugural Sun Belt cross country championship team and the seventh-place finish for the track and field team among the 12 Sun Belt schools at the outdoor championship.
Aniya Moore set a Georgia State school record for scoring in the pentathlon under Coleman’s guidance. Moore also finished eighth at the Sun Belt Conference championship.
Carresa Reeves established her personal bests in both the shot put and discus. Kesean Henderson set her personal best in the weight throw, while setting a school record and then broke it multiple times over the course of the season.
After competing four years for the Winthrop Eagles, Coleman remained at Winthrop two years as a graduate assistant coach.
During the 2012 season, Coleman guided the throwers and jumpers to four all-sconference selections and one NCAA Regional qualification.
At Winthrop, Coleman was the 2009 Big South Conference champion in the shot put as well as a six-time All-Big South selection.
He was a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier and still holds school records in the indoor shot put, outdoor shot put and the hammer throw.
Coleman graduated from Winthrop in the spring of 2010 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. He completed his masters’ in education during the spring of 2012.
The West Milford, W.Va. native was a three-time state champion in the shot put and discus while at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg.
He holds USA Track and Field Level I certification.