Assistant Head Coach
Henry Rolle is in his 17th season on The Plains and works with Auburn's women's sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
Last year, Rolle coached All-America sprinter Kai Selvon who finished sixth in the 200m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well as World Championship gold medalist and former Auburn sprinter Keron Stewart. Stewart was a member of the Jamaican 4x100 meter relay team that ran the second fastest time in history (41.29). Stewart, who under Rolle's coaching, has posted 25 sub-11.00 times in the 100m dash, finished fifth at the World Championships. All told, five former Auburn athletes that Rolle coached competed at the World Championships in Moscow.
In 2012, Rolle coached a double medalist in the world junior games as well as an NCAA runner-up and nine Olympians all while serving as relays coordinator for his native Bahamas. Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan placed first in both the 100 (11.20) and 200 meters (22.53) at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, while training with Rolle.
Selvon was runner up in the women's 200 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships and four athletes coached by Rolle were named All-Americans. Additionally, Selvon along with Kerron Stewart, Leevan Sands and Sheniqua Ferguson headlined a group of nine Rolle pupils to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
With Rolle serving as relays coordinator in London, the Bahamas brought home its first-ever gold medal in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a national-record mark of 2:56.72. Stewart and Burns also won medals in the men's and women's 4x100-meter relay for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, at the London Games.
2011 featured six women's sprinters qualifying for NCAA outdoor nationals and a total of three All-America selections. The season was highlighted by second-place finishes by the 4x400m relay team and by Joanna Atkins in the 400m. Joanna Atkins also earned an SEC outdoor title in the 400m.
During the 2010 NCAA season, Rolle's sprinters excelled as usual, led by Sheniqua Ferguson, who won the NCAA indoor title in the 200 meters, earned five All-American honors and was named the SEC Female Runner of the Year during the outdoor season after earning the Commissioner's Trophy as the high point scorer at the meet. Rolle also coached Joanna Atkins to four All-American honors, Nivea Smith to three and four others to one each in 2010.
Rolle's 2009 season was highlighted at the collegiate level with Joanna Atkins' national title in the 400 meters, while professionally, he coached Stewart, Marc Burns and Josanne Lucas to medals at the World Championships. Stewart won both a gold and silver medal, posting the fifth-fastest time in history in the 100m of 10.75 seconds, Burns earned a silver medal and Lucas a bronze.
Rolle coached four Olympic medalists at the 2008 Beijing Games, including Stewart, who took home a pair of medals. Stewart won a silver medal in the women's 100 meters and a bronze in the 200 meters, while Rolle also coached Burns to a silver medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay and Leevan Sands to a bronze in the men's triple jump.
The medals won at the Olympic Games gave Rolle a special achievement, as he has now coached athletes that have won every possible medal at every major international and regional competition. Following the 2008 year, Rolle was also honored by the Bahamas Athletic Association as the winner of the Charlie Major Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Under Rolle's guidance, Stewart emerged as one of the world's top sprinters after a stint at Auburn that included her winning the Honda Sports Award in 2007 as the nation's top female collegiate athlete.
The Olympic achievements came just two months after Rolle coached two Tigers to All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Amelia Anderson was fifth in the 400m hurdles while Danielle Gilchrist placed sixth in the same race. Also during the 2008 outdoor season, Joanna Atkins set school freshman records in the 100m and 400m, and Cache Armbrister broke the school freshman record in the 200m.
In 2007, Stewart won indoor national titles in the 60m and 200m, and also won the 200m title outdoors, before earning a silver medal at the World Championships in the 4x100m relay. In addition, Rolle coached Tracy Ann Rowe to All-American honors in 2007 in the 100m, and Michelle Vaughn was an indoor and outdoor All-American in the triple jump.
In 2006, his athletes were instrumental in Auburn winning its first track and field national championship scoring 53 out of the team's 57 points. Six of his athletes combined for 11 All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including individual national champions Markita James (400m hurdles) and Jovanee Jarrett (long jump).
During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Rolle not only served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, but also coached 10 athletes during the track and field portion of the Games. The group included Trinidad & Tobago's Darrel Brown, Fana Ashby and Ato Modibo, Bahamian's Osbourne Moxey, Leevan Sands, Timicka Clarke and Dominic DeMerritt, Jamaican's Elva Goulbourne and Dean Griffiths, and Cydonie Mothersill of the Cayman Islands.
On December 27, 2002, just prior to his fifth season at Auburn, Rolle was honored by the Bahamas Association with the Henry Crawford Award for Coach of the Year.
Rolle has coached two NCAA record holders as Vonette Dixon won the 2000 NCAA Indoor 60m hurdles in a record time of 7.94 and Elva Goulbourne captured the indoor long jump title with a distance of 22-8. Goulbourne also won five NCAA titles, the 2003 Honda Award (Auburn's first), a Commonwealth gold medal and was named SEC and NCAA Athlete of the Year.
Rolle has coached 18 NCAA Champions and 92 All-Americans in his stint. In addition, Rolle has coached seven Commonwealth medalists, 18 CAC medalists and four NACAC medalists. One of his biggest achievements came in the summer of 2003 at the World Championships held in Paris as he coached Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago to a silver medal in the 100m and a new world junior record of 10.01.
Rolle guided former Tigers Reuben McCoy and Ty Akins to medals at the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships, helping McCoy win gold in the 400m hurdles and Akins earn a silver in the 110m hurdles. He has also coached two athletes into the elite group of sub- 10 second 100m dash sprinters in 2005, aiding Marc Burns (9.96) and Darrel Brown (9.99).
Rolle helped Leevan Sands to bronze in the triple jump and former Auburn All-Americans Osbourne Moxey and Vonette Dixon to the finals in the long jump and 100m hurdles respectively at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. He also coached Dominic Demeritte to gold in the 200m at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and a bronze at the 2003 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England.
Since joining the Auburn staff, many school records have been broken and additional All- Americans added to Auburn's long list of athletes coached or recruited by Rolle; including, former Auburn stand-out and 400m World Champion Avard Moncur, three Junior World medalists: Marc Burns (silver - 100m), Shamar Sands (bronze - 110m hurdles) and Lisa Miller (silver - 1600m relay), two Junior Pan-Am Champions prior to 2000: Shelly-Ann Gallimore, who won the triple jump, and Sanjay Ayre, who won the men's 400m dash. Both Gallimore and Ayre are native-Jamaican's and both earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2000.
Rolle previously served as the head track coach at St. John's College in the Bahamas from 1995-1997. While at St. John's, Rolle led the program to a national championship in 1997. In just his first year at St. John's his squad improved 13 places at Nationals, jumping from 16th to third.
Rolle was also a successful club coach while in the Bahamas, as he coached seven Bahamian National teams, including at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 1997 Junior-Pan-Am team and the 1998 Caribbean and Central American team in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Following his stint at St. John's, Rolle returned to the States to serve as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. While at Oral Roberts, Rolle was responsible for coaching the hurdles.
A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Rolle was a five-time Bahamian National team competitor, earning two silver medals in the high jump and 1600m relay at the Caribbean and Central America Games in 1988.
The 2014-15 season marks the sixth season for Mark Carroll as both the head cross country coach and assistant track and field/distance coach. During his tenure on The Plains, Carroll has coached four All-Americans, three NCAA Region Champions, seven SEC Champions, and 15 All-SEC honorees. With Carroll presiding, Auburn distance runners have set four school records, including two in 2011.
The fall of 2014 saw great success as Carroll guided Ty McCormack to the NCAA South Region Championship and a runner-up performance at the SEC Chamionships. The men's team finished third at the SEC Championships, its best finish since 2009, and third at the NCAA Regional. Senior Kane Grimster finished eighth at the NCAA Regional, joining McCormack at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, marking the first time Auburn has sent two individuals to the NCAA Championships. The accolades continued to roll in for McCormack, as he was named SEC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as the USTFCCCA South Region Runner of the Year.
During the 2013 season, Carroll helped lead McCormack to cross country All-American honors after finishing 40th at the NCAA Championships. During the outdoor season, freshman Rachel Givens set the school's 3000m steeplechase record with a time of 10:26.25 at the SEC Championships.
The 2012 cross country team saw a youthful men's and women's squad claim a combined six meet wins as the men finished the season 11th at the NCAA South Regional. During the 2013 track season, over 50 individual PRs were established under Carroll's watch.
During the fall of 2011, Carroll guided freshman Kane Grimster and senior Joby Peake to All-Region honors and the Auburn men's team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA South Regional. Additionally, Grimster was named an All-SEC performer and a member of the league's All-Freshman team.
In the spring of 2011, Ben Cheruiyot won the SEC Indoor 5000m championship and placed second in the 3000 meters under the tutelage of Carroll. Cheruiyot continued to shine during the 2011 outdoor season, winning the 5000m and 10,000m at the SEC Championships.
2010 featured three of Carroll's runners earning first team All-SEC honors after solid performances at the conference championships - highlighted by Cheruiyot claiming the 5000m and 10,000m and Holly Knight placing second in the 10,000m. Additionally, both Cheruiyot and Knight advanced to the 2010 NCAA Championships.
In his first season with Tigers in 2009, Carroll tutored Felix Kiboiywo and Cheruiyot to All-American accolades as the men's team placed 25th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Auburn men also brought home two third place finishes from the NCAA South Regional and SEC Championships, and Kiboiywo took medalist honors for the third time of his career at the NCAA South Regional.
With Carroll at the helm, the Auburn women finished in the Top 10 at five of their six meets for the 2009 season. Carroll led the women to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA South Regional and a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championships.
Prior to joining the Auburn staff, Carroll was the US Athlete Manager for Athletics Ireland, where he guided Gareth Turnbull, Mark Christie and Liam Reale to becoming one of the top Irish running trios in the nation while also training several other Irish runners stateside. In the summer of 2012, Carroll was the Irish Olympic Coach for Endurance (Distance) at the London Olympic Games. He also served as the 2010 Irish Team Distance Coach at the European Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Before coaching Carroll was a world-class distance runner specializing in the 3,000 and 5,000-meters. As a 19-year old, the Cork, Ireland native, earned the first major title of his career, capturing the 1991 European Junior Title in the 5K in Thessalonika, Greece.
In 1998 he won bronze at the European Track & Field Championships held in Budapest. In 2000, he won the European Indoor 3K title. In that same year, Carroll posted the top mile time of his career (3:50.3) in Oslo, Norway.
Carroll is a four-time IAAF World Track and Field member, and set the Irish-national record in the 3K (7:30.36), which he set in 1999, as well as the 5K (13:03.93) set in 1998. He also held the national record of 27:46.42 in the 10K that was set in 2000, a record that has since been broken. Carroll was a member of the 2000 and 2004 Ireland Olympic Team. He competed in the 5K both years, and in 2000 just missed qualifying for the finals by one place.
He has participated in several marathons in the later stages of his career, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 2002 New York Marathon. His time of 2:10.54 sits only 61 seconds off of the Irish national record of 2:09.17.
During his collegiate days at Providence College, Carroll earned six All-American honors as well as seven Big East titles (cross country; 1,000 meters; 1,500 meters; 3,000 meters (twice); distance medley relay and 4 x 800 meters). His crowning achievement as a Friar came when he won an NCAA Indoor Championship title in the 5,000-meters.
Carroll holds a USTFCCCA level two coaching certificate that he acquired in 2008.
He married the former Amy Rudolph in October of 2005. Rudolph, an accomplished runner in her own right, is a two-time Olympian, as well as a U.S. Indoor Champion in the 3,000-meter run.
Scott Richardson is in his tenth season as assistant track and field coach for the Tigers. Richardson coaches Auburn's vertical jumps, multi events and assists head coach Ralph Spry with the men's sprinters.
Since his arrival at Auburn, his athletes have earned 18 All-American Honors, while two athletes were named academic All-Americans, and eight athletes have captured SEC Titles. During his career, Richardson coached athletes have won 117 individual conference championships and have been a part of 21 conference championship teams. D.J. Smith became the latest Richardson-coached athlete to win an SEC title capturing the 2013 Outdoor Championship while true freshman Jessie Johnson was the SEC runner-up in the women's pole vault.
Johnson’s success continued in 2015 as she earned All-American honors after finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. Johnson broke her school record four times during the 2015 indoor season, eclipsing 14-1.25/4.30m at the NCAA Championships. Johnson tied for second at the SEC Championships with a clearance of 14-0.5/4.28m. During the outdoor season, Johnson broke her school record at the War Eagle Invitational with a clearance of 14-3.25/4.35m and placed fourth at the SEC Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Johnson finished 13th, becoming the program's first All-American in the pole vault.
In 2014, Richardson helped lead Parker Shearer to a third place finish in the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships. Shearer scored 5309 points, the third-most in school history. At the SEC Outdoor Championships, Shearer placed sixth with 6843 points.
Under the guidance of Richardson, three high jumpers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012. Additionally, Monica Carney (indoor) earned her first All-America honor and Maya Pressley became an All-American for the fourth time. Joining Carney and Pressley at the NCAA championships was men's high jumper D.J. Smith.
In 2008, Richardson coached Raevan Harris to All-American honors and an Auburn school record with a clearance of 6' 2- ¼". In 2010, another Richardson-coached athlete, Pressley, made history by becoming the first woman in Auburn school history to win an SEC championship as a true freshman. Pressley also successfully defended her title during the 2011 campaign. Richardson has mentored three athletes to U.S. Junior Championship titles and several of his athletes have gone on to compete at the U.S. Championships, Olympic Trials, and World Championships. The 2007 campaign saw Mark Johnson finish with All-SEC honors and All-American Honors in the Pole Vault.
During each of his years at Auburn, Richardson has also spearheaded the recruiting efforts that have brought several highly-touted newcomers to The Plains, including the 2010 recruiting class ranked in the top five nationally by Track & Field News. Richardson played an integral role in the recruiting of four sprinters (Keenan Brock, Michael Dehaven, Jeremy Hardy and Marcus Rowland) that set the Auburn record and recorded the fastest 4x100-meter relay mark in the NCAA with a time of 38.30 seconds in 2012. Administratively, Richardson also serves as the meet director for Auburn's home competitions.
Prior to his move to Auburn, Richardson spent the previous seven years as associate head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his teams won 16 indoor and outdoor conference championships. He coached 24 men to 50 Patriot League individual titles and mentored 18 women to 37 conference crowns. Richardson also helped athletes responsible for establishing conference records in the men's indoor and outdoor 4x400m relay, the men's and women's 4x100m relay, the women's 60m, indoor and outdoor 200m and the indoor and outdoor long jump.
On four occasions, the Army coaching staff was voted tops in the league. While at West Point, Richardson also coached one of his post-collegiate athletes, Joe Mendel, to a spot on the U.S. World Championship team in the men's 400m where he made the finals, finishing sixth in the 400m and also running a leg on the US 4x400m Relay in Budapest, Hungary.
His pole vaulters at Army won 11 conference championships, and three earned All-East honors. Richardson helped lead the West Point vault crew to three straight Patriot League titles (2003, 2004 and 2005) and three successive trips to the NCAA Preliminaries and coached 18 sprinters to All-East accolades. All totaled, his sprinters and jumpers set fifteen school records and eight conference records, many of which still stand today. All the while, his men's and women's teams averaged over a 3.0 GPA in an incredibly challenging academic environment.
Richardson, who graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1994 with a bachelor's of science in education and criminal justice/pre-law, served as an assistant coach at Indianapolis in 1994, before moving up to the Division I level when he accepted an assistant coaching position while working on his Master's degree in physical education at Eastern Kentucky University.
During his two years at EKU (1995-96), Richardson assisted with four Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and coached Arnold Payne to All-American honors and a fifth-place finish at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships (45.51). Later that year under Richardson's tutelage, Payne set a Zimbabwe national record and earned a spot on the Zimbabwe national team, competing in the 1995 World Championships in Gotenberg, Sweden.
In 1996, at the age of 25, Richardson took over as head coach at the University of Texas-Pan American, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the country. There, he guided the women's and men's cross country programs to unprecedented heights, garnering first and third place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference. For his efforts, Richardson was voted by his coaching colleagues as the 1997 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
He then returned to his home state to serve as an assistant coach at Indiana University under U.S. Olympic Coach, Sam Bell, before taking his post at Army to work with another U.S. Olympic Coach, Jerry Quiller. Richardson credits his coaching successes to his coaching mentors over the years and also his leadership experiences during his seven plus years at West Point.
Richardson is married to the former Carmen Mann, herself a former four-time All-American track athlete, who works in the Auburn athletics department as a liaison for international student-athletes. The couple has two children, seven year old daughter, Olivia, and five year old son, Triston. The Richardson's are also actively involved as foster/adoptive parents in Lee County.
Mel Rosen is in his 22nd year as a consultant for the Auburn track and field team. At the end of the 1991 season, he stepped down as Auburn's track coach to become the head coach of the 1992 United States Men's Olympic team.
At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Rosen coached the men's team to its best showing since 1956. The U.S. men won eight gold medals and broke five Olympic records including three world records. All told, the 1992 Olympic Track and Field team, under the guidance of Rosen, brought home 20 medals. Rosen said, "This event is the height of any coach's career." His selection as head coach of the Olympic team makes him the only Auburn coach ever to head an Olympic team in any sport. In 1993, Rosen was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1995, Rosen was named to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Rosen was inducted the first year he was eligible for the award. He was also inducted into the U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001.
Rosen came to Auburn in 1955 as an assistant professor in the physical education department. That year he became involved in the Auburn track program as an assistant to head coach Wilbur Hutsell. He was placed in charge of Auburn's distance and relay teams and held that position until Hutsell retired following the 1963 season. Rosen then stepped up to become only the second head coach in Auburn history, beginning his legacy.
Under Rosen's guidance, Auburn won four consecutive SEC indoor championships from 1977-1980. The Tigers won their only outdoor conference title in 1979. That year was probably the greatest year in the history of Auburn track. Not only did the Tigers win the SEC indoor and outdoor titles in 1979, but also placed fourth at the NCAA outdoor meet.
In 1978, Rosen was honored as the SEC and NCAA Coach of the Year in both indoor and outdoor competition. His 1978 team placed second at the SEC outdoor, fifth at the NCAA outdoor, first at the SEC indoor and second at the NCAA indoor. Rosen's teams finished in the top 10 at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships for four consecutive years dating from 1976 to 1979. Rosen repeated as NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1980 and was named SEC Indoor Coach of the Year in 1985.
In Rosen's coaching tenure, he has coached seven Olympic performers. Rosen has also coached 143 All-Americans, including 63 SEC indoor and outdoor champions and eight NCAA champions.
A 1950 graduate of the University of Iowa, Rosen coached at his alma mater as an assistant for three years while earning his master's degree and starting work on a doctorate. He served two years in the Army at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was the post track coach.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is married to the former Joan Kinstler of New York. They have two daughters, Laurie and Karen, and two grandchildren, Chelsea and Nathaniel.