Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University head track & field coach Dr. Curtiss Long announced Tuesday the hiring of Craig Morehead as an assistant coach.
A four-year letterwinner from 2002-05, Morehead has served as a graduate assistant coach the last two years. In addition to working with the program’s throwers, the Connersville, Ind., native will also be responsible for handling the media relations duties of both the cross country and track and field teams.
“I am excited to have been given the opportunity to continue coaching a talented group of throwers on the Hill. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Coach Long and [Director of Athletics] Dr. [Wood] Selig, and I am honored to continue as a member of this championship-caliber staff,” said Morehead. “I consider myself lucky to have been a part of a number of championship teams as both a student-athlete and as a graduate assistant at WKU, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing that winning tradition.”
Five individuals earned all-Sun Belt Conference honors on 13 occasions by finishing among the top three in their events at the league’s indoor and outdoor championships the last two seasons. Under Morehead’s direction, Matt Taitt was selected the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2007 indoor championships after winning the shot put and placing second in the 35-pound weight throw — he also finished first in the discus at the 2006 outdoor meet. Courtney Wood won the 20-pound weight throw last winter at the Sun Belt’s indoor meet and the hammer throw at the 2006 outdoor championships.
They both participated in the NCAA Mideast Regional meet with their performances in ’06.
In fact, WKU throwers scored in every event at both the 2007 indoor and outdoor SBC meet.
In Morehead’s two years as coach, Wood set three school records — in the weight throw, hammer throw and outdoor shot — while Oliver Kilk broke the school mark in the hammer throw and Felicia Yearwood set a new WKU standard in the indoor shot put. And, his athletes have recorded performances that rank in the top five in school history in nine different events.
“Craig brings a mature personality, energy, and a depth of knowledge to our throwing events,” Long said. “His deep WKU roots made Craig a natural choice to lead our talented young throwers.”
Morehead was a two-time all-SBC performer in the hammer throw while also earning all-league accolades in the weight throw during his career. He was a part of Hilltopper teams that won back-to-back Sun Belt championships in 2003 and ’04, the first time the school claimed the title since the league began sponsoring the sport in 1992.
A 2005 WKU graduate with a degree in mass communications, Morehead earned his master’s in sports administration in 2007. He has earned USA Track and Field Level I coaching certification.