Ohio State track and field hosts the Buckeye Classic at French Field House.
Photos by Jeff Mills
Brian Brillon came to Ohio State as a volunteer long jump and triple jump coach in 2011.
In his third season with the team Brillion helped guide seniors Michael Hartfield and Korbin Smith to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump. Brillion had worked with Hartfield since his transfer to the program in 2011 and with Smith since his sophomore season.
Under Brillion's direction Hartfield became the school record holder in the long jump, surpassing a 77-year old record held by OSU legend Jesse Owens, while finishing his career a four-time NCAA All-American in the long jump, a five-time Big Ten Champion in the long jump and triple jump, two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships and the 2011 Big Ten and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
In his first season with the Buckeyes, Brillon coached Great Lakes and Big Ten Field Athlete of Year Michael Hartfield to Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles in the long jump, as well as Big Ten runner-up honors in the triple jump (indoor and outdoor). Hartfield was a participant at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships, where he claimed Second Team All-American honors.
Brillon has also worked closely with OSU field athletes Korbin Smith and Steve MacDonald. Smith was the 2011 Big Ten indoor runner-up in the long jump and a regional qualifier, while MacDonald was the outdoor Big Ten runner-up in the same event a regional qualifier as well.
Brillon began his coaching career at Worthington Christian High School in Worthington, Ohio, where he spent six seasons. He coached four individual long jumpers to six district championships, one regional championship, and one state title. He then spent the next six seasons at Otterbein College where his athletes broke school records in the women's long jump, triple jump, and 55m dash. In addition, two individuals claimed OAC championships in the long jump and triple jump that qualified them for the NCAA Division III track and field championships.
Brillon earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Otterbein College in 1999 and was a four-year letterman on the track and field team. He then earned degrees in sports and fitness management and massage therapy. A licensed and practicing massage therapist, Brillion is Level II coaching certified through USATF in jumps, relays, sprints and hurdles. He was recently selected to attend the Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Olympic Training Center.