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HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton University Director of Track and Field Maurice Pierce has been named as a U.S. Track and Field Men's Assistant Coach for the sprints and hurdles at the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships to be held Sept. 27 – Oct. 9 in Doha, Qatar.ham m piercePierce

The full coaching squad was announced on Thursday (Apr. 18). Joining Pierce as assistants for the men will be coaches from Adams State, the University of Florida and Ohio State. Robert Gary from Furman University will serve as the head coach.

This will be the second trip to the world championships for Pierce after serving as an assistant coach in the 2015 championships in China. This event is the pinnacle of the outdoor track and field season with will have the top athletes from around the globe.

With several years of Olympic coaching in his background, Pierce is considered one of the top hurdles coaches in the world. He has had six participants over the last four Summer Olympics with two gold medal winners and a silver.

Pierce was also an assistant hurdles coach for the USA National Team at the 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships, which was held July 22-24 in Miramar, Fla.

He is a 1996 graduate of Norfolk State University. He was a member of the Spartans track team in 1992-93, and 1995. Pierce is a native of Newport News, Va.

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