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Willie Randolph
Willie  Randolph

Assistant Coach - Hurdles

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan '98

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Willie Randolph is in his fourth year on the Virginia track and field coaching staff, after coming to Charlottesville in August 2013. Randolph, who works primarily with the Cavalier hurdlers, has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience, including seven years as a head coach.

In 2016, Randolph mentored Aisha Naibe-Wey and Heather Smith to second and third-place finishes in the 400m hurdles at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Both student-athletes vaulted their way into the top five on UVA’s all-time list. He also coached freshman Kiana Leonard to second on UVA’s all-time list in the 100m hurdles.

In his first season at Virginia in 2014, Randolph worked with the Cavalier hurdlers, sprinters and relay teams. He coached Drequan Hoskey to All-ACC honors in the indoor 60m hurdles, posting the second-best time in school history. In 2015, he coached Heather Smith as she entered the school top-10 list in the 60m hurdles and 100m hurdles.  

Randolph spent the four previous seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Central Michigan. During his time leading the Chippewas, the program had four All-Americans and 22 school records were broken. He coached 19 individual MAC champions and 47 All-MAC performers.

From 2006-09, Randolph was an assistant coach at Louisville. During his tenure, the Cardinals won four Big East team championships and he coached 10 All-Big East performers.

Randolph was the head coach at New Orleans for three seasons from 2003-06. He coached 10 Sun Belt Conference champions and 30 All-Sun Belt performers.

Prior to arriving at New Orleans, he spent five years as an assistant coach, four at Belmont and one at Vanderbilt.

Randolph was a member of the Division I Track & Field Committee and the USTFCCCA Coaches Committee from 2011-13. He is a USATF Level I and II Certified coach in Jumps/Sprints and Hurdles and a USATF Certified meet official.


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