Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Andre English has joined the Central Michigan track and field coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.
English will work with the sprinters and hurdlers, two areas in which he specialized as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois. English was a 2004 NCAA qualifier and a four-time regional qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles, and a two-time runner-up at the Big Ten Championships, once in the 60 hurdles and once in the 110 hurdles.
English served for two years as the head cross country and track and field coach at Marietta (Ohio) College. He was also heavily involved with fundraising at Marietta.
“The biggest thing about Andre was how obvious it was that he was excited and interested in the position,” CMU Director of Track Field/Cross Country Jenny Swieton said. “And I don’t mean just excited about it being an opportunity, he was excited about it being here at CMU. He wants to be a Chippewa and live everything that comes with that, and he wants a chance to work with the student-athletes we have here.”
Prior to Marietta, English spent five seasons as an assistant at Southwest (Mo.) Baptist University, where he oversaw sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams.
Among English’s protégés at Southwest Baptist was William Shell, a long sprinter who was named Division II Central Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and the Division II CoSIDA/Capitol One All-American of the Year in 2014. English mentored 10 All-Americans and 26 All-Region honorees at Southwest Baptist.
English began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at the University of Kentucky while pursuing his master’s degree in kinesiology. In his first year at Kentucky, English made an instant impact, assembling and developing a 4x400-meter men’s relay team that won the Southeastern Conference indoor title and earned All-America honors.
“He’s had success everywhere he’s been as a coach,” Swieton said. “What’s interesting is that he’s not a super tall guy, which is very rare in hurdlers because the hurdles are so high. What that told me – looking at the success he’s had as both an athlete and a coach – is that he’s not the type of person who is going to let obstacles get in the way. He’s going to figure it out and find a way to get it done.”