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Brown to work with sprinters and hurdles, Muffet Duncan set to guide Buckeye throwers
Richard Jones will coach sprints and Jackie Ulm will coach throws
Former Buckeye great Joel Brown is in his first season as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where he works with the men's and women's sprinters and hurdlers.
"Joel Brown has been instrumental in helping the women's track and field team win three Big Ten titles," director of track and field Karen Dennis said upon his hiring. "He will make an immediate impact on our program with his innovative ideas and boundless energy. Our sprinters and hurdlers will benefit greatly from his experiences as a former professional athlete and Buckeye All-American."
Brown, a three-time All-American for the Buckeyes from 2001-2004, was a volunteer assistant with the Ohio State women's team for the past nine seasons. He was a member of the Buckeye coaching staff for three Big Ten championships and helped a number of student-athletes to new personal bests, including two-time national champion Christina Manning and All-Americans Letecia Wright and Madison McNary.
A former professional runner for Adidas, Brown has spent nine of the past 11 years ranked among the Top 15 athletes in the world in the 60-meter hurdles. As the U.S. indoor champion in the 60 hurdles in 2005, Brown placed sixth in the event at the 2005 World Championships. He is a two-time U.S. bronze medalist and was a member of a world-record shuttle hurdle relay at the 2008 Penn Relays with Aubrey Herring, David Oliver and Aries Merritt.
Brown was the 2004 NCAA Mideast regional champion in the 110-meter hurdles and a three-time Big Ten champion hurdler for the Buckeyes. He is the Ohio State-record holder in 110-meter hurdles (13.39) and a former record holder in the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.77).
A native of Baltimore, Brown won three Maryland state titles in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He held the Maryland state record in the 300 hurdles at the end of his scholastic career and was a national champion in the 60-meter hurdles. His efforts helped Woodlawn High School to indoor and outdoor state titles in 1998.