Scott Richardson is in his twelfth 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 20 All-American Honors, while two athletes were named academic All-Americans, and nine 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.
In 2016, Johnson notched a second place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships in the pole vault with a height of 4.40m. During the outdoor season, Richardson guided Johnson to her fifth-straight top-ten finish at SEC’s with a second-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
Under Richardson’s tutelage, freshman Michelle Atherley broke a 27-year-old school record in the pentathlon when she scored 4153 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn Second Team All-American honors. Atherley earned Freshman All-SEC honors with a sixth place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships.
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, nine-year-old daughter, Olivia, and seven-year-old son, Triston. The Richardson's are also actively involved as foster/adoptive parents in Lee County.
Patrick Ebel is entering his first season as assistant track and field coach for the Tigers. Ebel will coach Auburn’s throwers after spending four seasons with Penn State.
Ebel comes to Auburn with 18 years of collegiate experience and most recently with Penn State from 2013-16. At Penn State, Ebel coached 18 All-America selections, including 2016 United States Olympian and 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year Darrell Hill.
In 2015, Ebel guided athletes to one Penn State record, two- Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year honors and six All-American finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Under Ebel’s tutelage, Rachel Fatherly broke the Penn State record in the women’s shot put with a distance of 56-3.25/17.15m at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She then went on to finish 10th in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning All-American honors.
Ebel also led Darrell Hill to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year honors. With that finish, Hill also became the fourth athlete in Penn State history to finish fourth or higher at the NCAA Indoor Championship in men’s shot put. Hill would complete the sweep of Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Athlete of the Year in the outdoor season and finish second at the NCAA Outdoors with a distance of 68-2.25/20.78m.
The 2013-14 year featured four All-America finishes, including two First Team All-America performances and three Big Ten Champions. Will Barr finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships and went on the earn All-America honors with an eight place at NCAA Outdoors in the weight throw (69-9).
During the 2014 outdoor season, Ebel led Michael Shuey and Laura Loht to record breaking seasons in the javelin. At the NACAC Championships, Shuey threw a 249-5 for a Penn State record in the javelin. He was followed by Loht, who threw a 178-6 for a fifth place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2013, Ebel wasted no time in making a mark in the Penn State record books, leading then-junior Will Barr to a record-setting indoor season in the 35-lb weight throw. Barr set the Penn State standard in event on a total of five occasions, ending the season with a lifetime-best toss of 69-11.75 (21.33) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Barr's PR effort was good for sixth place at the NCAA meet, where he became the Nittany Lions' first All-America finisher in the event since 1998.
Ebel guided the Nittany Lions to continued success outdoors, led by a four-five finish by javelin duo Laura Loht and Lauren Kenney at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under Ebel's watch, Kenney and Loht dominated the javelin throughout the outdoor season including a Big Ten victory from Kenney and a Penn Relays title by Loht.
Prior to Penn State, Ebel spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh. During his time at UW-Oshkosh, Ebel developed 53 All-America selections and guided athletes to 36 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. In 2011, Ebel was named National Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
Since his arrival at UW-Oshkosh in 2001, Ebel has maintained one of the most prolific throws contingents in the NCAA. His event area was ranked number one in Division III since he arrived. Statistically speaking, 24 of his UW-Oshkosh throwers were ranked on the all-time NCAA Top 10 lists. All told, Ebel's athletes set UW-Oshkosh records on 43 occasions.
Ebel also left a mark on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), having coaching a grand total of 66 conference championships, and 14 WIAC record holders.
Outside of their athletic success, Ebel's athletes were also outstanding in the classroom, as his women's squad earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2011 with 10 athletes gaining academic honors individually during the same year. As a head coach, Ebel also led the UW-Oskosh women's squad to USTFCCCA Division III Deb Vercauteren Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Program of the Year Award for 2009-10.
After joining the men's and women's program as an assistant coach, Ebel was elevated to Head Women's Track and Field Coach in 2009, while remaining as an assistant coach on the men's side. Prior to his time at Oshkosh, he got his start in collegiate coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1999.
Ebel graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1992, where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. Ebel and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Lauren and Erik.
David Barnett returns to Auburn from South Alabama where he served as Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track and Field Coach since December 2012. He previously served as an graduate assistant/intern for Auburn from 2009-2011 where he helped lead the men’s indoor team to back-to-back top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships and the women’s team to a top-10 finish at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and top-15 finish at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships.
In his five years at South Alabama, Barnett was twice named Sun Belt Cross Country Coach of the Year – first after leading the men’s team in 2014 to their first conference title since 2006, and again in 2015 after leading the women’s team to their first conference title since 1993. Distance runners under his tutelage combined for 39 all-conference selections and 15 conference championships. Five school records were established on the women’s side in the 1,500-meter, mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter.
Both the men’s and women’s championship teams earned the highest GPA in the Sun Belt during their respective seasons.
Barnett coached a trio of first-team All-Sun Belt performers in 2016 as Laura Labuschaigne, Ashley Heitling and Katleho Dyoyi were recognized after each recording a top-five individual finish at the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships. The women’s team finished third while the men placed fifth. Joanna McCoy was named a 2016 Academic All-American.
In 2015, Barnett guided Four of his runners to All-Sun Belt honors as JoaAnna McCoy was named to the first-team and Labuschaigne, Heitling and Nicole Durham were named second-team. Men’s team runners Christoph Graf and Patrick Rohr earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors and Katelho Dyoyi was named to the second-team.
In 2014, Graf, a four-time All-Sun Belt selection, won the individual title and was named Most Outstanding Performer. He also was named all-region and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Barnett coached a total of five All-Sun Belt performers in the 2014 outdoor season. The men’s team placed third at the Sun Belt Championships. Michael Pienaar was named the 2014 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and earned three all-conference accolades in the 1,500-meter run, 10,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run. He also earned all-region honors following an 11th place finish at the South Regional. Rohr and Justin Housley also earned all-league honors. Rohr qualified for the NCAA preliminaries in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Pienaar qualified for the World Juniors Championships in the 10,000-meter run.
Barnett coached four All-Sun Belt performers in the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons. The women’s team finished third at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships while the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third and fifth, respectively. Nicole Durham was named the Sun Belt Women’s Freshman of the Year, while three Jaguars were named all-conference and had three of the top six freshmen finishers. Both the men’s and women’s teams were selected USTFCCCA All-Academic for the 2013 cross country season. The women had a university-leading GPA of 3.76 while the men had a 3.54.
Barnett initially joined USA as an assistant coach in October 2011 before taking the cross country reins in December 2012. He has served as the staff representative/huddle coach for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at South Alabama since his arrival. In addition to his degree from Auburn, he has obtained USA Track and Field Level I and II Coaching Certification. Barnett won the state 3A 1,600-meter run as a senior at Oneonta High School and went on to compete at Wallace State Community College.
Greg Stringer comes into his first season with Auburn track and field. Stringer will bring seven years of experience in the SEC to the Tiger staff and take over as the horizontal jumps coach.
In a seven-year stint at Ole Miss from 2009-15, Stringer coached jump and multi-event athletes including nine SEC Champions and 16 All-America selections. Most notably, Ricky Robertson was a seven-time All-American, seven-time SEC Champion and two-time SEC Athlete of the Year under Stringer’s tutelage.
With Stringer’s direction, Robertson became the only athlete in SEC history to claim seven high jump titles.
Ole Miss long and triple jumpers had tremendous success under Stringer, as well. Rachel Jenkins was crowned SEC outdoor champion in the women’s long jump in 2012 and was the SEC indoor runner-up in 2010. Caleb Lee earned All-America status in the long jump three times in his career, while Morris Kersh and Phillip Young both earned All-America status in the triple jump.
Multi-event competitors Fabia McDonald and Mary Ashton Nall flourished under Stringer’s tutelage. Nall had a breakout season in 2013, making the NCAA Outdoor Championships and being tabbed a USTFCCCA All-American in the heptathlon. In 2012, McDonald was runner-up in the SEC outdoor heptathlon. She competed at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and was named an Indoor All-American in the pentathlon.
Both McDonald and Nall were heptathlon participants in the 2011 USA Junior Championships, and McDonald was tabbed the 2011 SEC Indoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after a school-record performance in the pentathlon.
Stringer enjoyed immediate success during his first season at Ole Miss as he coached an SEC champion in 2009. Jumper Wale Odetunde won the triple jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships and became the first Rebel since 1992 to accomplish that feat. Odetunde was named to the All-SEC first team before going on to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Stringer came to Ole Miss after a 10-year stint at Southern Mississippi, where he worked primarily with the Golden Eagle jumpers.
Under Stringer’s tutelage in 2008, Southern Miss jumper Ashley May competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the long jump and triple jump. In addition, May was named All-Region in both events as she turned in fifth-place finishes. Along the way, May set a new school record in the triple jump and placed third at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships. She also took second in the long jump in at the C-USA Indoor Championships with an NCAA provisional mark.
Stringer consistently had performers provide ample scoring for the Golden Eagles in the jumps. In 2006, he produced the Conference USA long jump title winner in Tanika Liburd. His triple jumpers finished second (Simona Costache) and seventh (Aaliyah Shareef) in the C-USA meet. His men’s performers scored a total of 11 points in the C-USA meet.
In 2005, he had two performers win Conference USA titles in the women’s triple jump (Aaliyah Shareef) and high jump (Krista Miller). Tanika Liburd finished second in the long jump. Liburd recorded an outstanding jump of 21-08.75 at the LSU meet, ranking her in the NCAA top five. In 2004, two performers won Conference USA titles in the men’s high jump and the women’s long jump, with other jumpers scoring points in the men’s long jump and triple jump. His Lady Eagles scored additional points in the high jump and triple jump.
Over his last four seasons at Southern Miss, he had 19 athletes qualify for the regional meet, with high jumper Cedric Norman winning the regional competition and finishing third in the national meet in 2003 and in 2004. Norman finished third at the regional meet and finished in a tie for ninth at the national meet. That same season, Norman recorded a personal-best jump of 7-06.00, ranking as the best jump in the world for several weeks.
In 2005, Krista Miller finished first at the regional meet in the high jump, advancing to the national meet. She recorded a personal best and school record jump of 5-11.25. Miller was a three-time regional qualifier. High jumper Kate Juedes received all-regional honors after tying for seventh in 2003.
Stringer was a two-year letterwinner for Marshall Bell at Southern Miss as a junior and senior in both indoor and outdoor track during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He competed in the high jump, long jump and the decathlon. He took fifth place in the decathlon at the Metro Championships in 1993, helping the Eagles win their second straight Metro Conference title. Stringer followed that Metro performance with a sixth-place finish in the 1994 championships.
During his junior college days, Stringer helped his team, Hinds Community College, to the Mississippi Junior College state championship in 1990 and 1991. While competing at Hinds, he was named the most valuable athlete in the field events in 1991.
Stringer was a four-year letterman in track for Coach Frank Keenum at Terry High School. He was named the most valuable athlete in the field events for two consecutive years. He also lettered three years in basketball and was voted the best defensive player in the 1988-89 season.
He received his undergraduate degree in 1995 in sport administration and coaching with an emphasis in biological science from Southern Miss. He received his master’s degree in education administration in 1999 at Southern Miss.
He is married to the former Angela Mickey of New Orleans, La. The couple has five children, Endia, Gregory, Erin Alexis, Gabrielle Elise and Charlee Grace.
Director of Track and Field operations Scott Duval enters his 21st season with Auburn Athletics and his third with Auburn track and field. He is responsible for the off-the-field operation of the track and field office. He oversees the track and field team budget, team travel, game operations, student managers and all other business aspects of the track and field offices. He also serves as the Camp Director for the Tigers’ summer and winter baseball camps.
Duval is track and field’s liaison with Auburn’s media relations, marketing and promotions and compliance offices as well as the SEC office. He also takes the reigns on the annual team banquet and works with outside organizations to make sure all events run smoothly while generating money for their respective organizations. Duval also works closely with meet officials and timers at home meets for the Tigers. Most recently, Duval has implemented the first ever camps for Auburn track and field that will begin this fall.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Duval served as a student manager for the men's basketball team at the University of Mobile in 1995. After transferring to Auburn in 1996, he served as a student manager for the Auburn baseball team from 1997-2000. He then served as a graduate administrative assistant in 2001 before to joining the Auburn staff full time prior to the 2002 season as the Tigers' administrative assistant. He was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations prior to the 2004 season before joining the track and field staff in January 2016.
Duval was born on October 13, 1975. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn in 1999 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in health promotions with a minor in sports management. He continued his education at Auburn, receiving his Master's of Education in higher education administration in the spring of 2001.
Duval is married to the former Jessi Beshears and the couple resides in Auburn with their son, Bronx and daughter, Tessa.