Aug. 1, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou track and field program and head coach Brett Halter have announced the hiring of former three-time Olympian Kareem Streete-Thompson as the program's new assistant coach. Streete-Thompson will serve as the Tigers' jumps and short sprints coach and he brings to Mizzou a very impressive résumé as both a coach and athlete. Streete-Thompson spent the last three years at Florida State, serving as a volunteer assistant coach, helping the Seminole women to a fifth-place finish in the Terry Crawford's Program of the Year Award competition.
"We are thrilled to have Kareem and his family join the Tiger family," Halter said. "Kareem is a terrific coach and will bring a wealth of experience and a rich history of excellence to our program. But, more importantly, Kareem is a sensational person who embodies our core values. He not only understands what it takes at the highest levels through a deep understanding of science and technique, he also understands the human element involved. In essence, Kareem understands the making of a champion."
"I am extremely excited to join the Missouri Tigers program," Streete-Thompson said. "Coach Halter made an immediate impression on me and I look forward to helping Missouri build on its past successes. Something amazing is afoot in Columbia and I can't wait to get started. The Big 12 conference is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation and I fully accept the challenge.
As a coach at Florida State, Streete-Thompson focused on coaching the women's team, primarily in the sprint, hurdle and relay events. Since 2009, he has coached nine All-Americans at FSU, including the women's 4x100m relay team that finished as the NCAA National Runner-Up at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In that year, the Seminole women won the ACC triple crown, and finished fourth in the team race at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the Seminole women took ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 20th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Prior to joining the Seminoles, Streete-Thompson began his coaching experience as a volunteer assistant at the University of Florida for two years, working with the multi-events and jumpers.
But his success as a coach is not limited to events on the track as he has excelled as a jumps mentor. In fact, Streete-Thompson is currently working with Greg Rutherford, a long jumper from England, who will compete at this month's IAAF Outdoor World Championships in Korea. Rutherford is the former British record holder in the long jump and was a 2008 Olympian.
A graduate of Rice University in 1995, Streete-Thompson put together a very impressive career professionally before diving into coaching. He competed in three Olympic Games, qualifying in both the long jump and the 100 meters. He also competed in seven World Championships and his highlights include a silver medal finish in the long jump in 2001 and making the final in the 100 meters in 1999. He holds numerous national records for the Cayman Islands and was the first athlete to win Pan-Am, CAC and Commonwealth titles for his home country.
Streete-Thompson holds personal-best marks of 9.96 in the 100m dash and 8.63m (28-3 ¾) in the long jump and is the only person other than Carl Lewis to jump over 28 feet and run under ten seconds.
While at Rice University, Streete-Thompson claimed 11 All-America honors and won two NCAA titles in the long jump in his senior year. In 1998 he was enshrined into the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame. He is a USATF Level I certified coach and completed his master's degree in sports management while at Florida State. Streete-Thompson is married to Florida State sprints/hurdles coach Jackie Richards. The couple has one child, Janae, who was born in 2010.
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