HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University Director of Track & Field Maurice Pierce has been named Head Men's Coach as part of the U.S. Track & Field National Team for the 2014 NACAC Under-23 Championships, it was announced on Thursday.
In his 12th season at Hampton, and his second coaching both programs, Pierce has won four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) cross country titles (2004, '06, '10, '11), 10 MEAC indoor track & field titles (2003-09, '11-13) and nine MEAC outdoor championships (2003-04, '06-11, '13).
He guided the Pirates to the 2013 MEAC outdoor title, giving the men's program its first MEAC track & field title since 2003. The Lady Pirates swept the MEAC indoor and outdoor title last season, after coming in second in cross country.
Pierce, the 2008-09 Southeast Region Women's Head Coach of the Year as named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has coached 20 All-Americans and watched his student-athletes bring home five individual NCAA titles – two from Yvette Lewis in the triple jump and three from Francena McCorory in the 400-meter dash.
But Pierce's success isn't exclusive to Hampton.
He has also coached Olympic athletes – most recently, Pierce coached David Payne to the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Pierce, considered one of the world's best hurdle coaches, has coached athletes in the last four Olympics – including the likes of former Pirate James Carter and Rachelle Boone-Smith.
Both athletes have won World Championships under Pierce.
Pierce, a native of Newport News, Va. and a graduate of Norfolk State, is also chair of the USATF Virginia Association Women Elite Athletes.
The 2014 NACAC Under-23 Championships will be held Aug. 8-10 in Kamloops, British Columbia.