A veteran at the national and international level for more than 20 years, Steve Silvey is in his third season as the men's sprints and hurdles coach for the Red Raider squad.
During his first season in the Hub City, Silvey saw his new athletes earn 12 indoor all-conference honors, one indoor conference title (Andrae Williams, 600Y), five indoor All-American plaques, 21 outdoor all-conference honors, three outdoor conference champions (Tyree Gailes, 200M; Marlon Odom, 110M hurdles; Bryan Scott, 400M hurdles) and six outdoor All-America honors.
Gailes was also the conference runner-up in the 100M (10.36). Silvey's 4x100M and 4x400M relays earned bronze and silver finishes, respectively, at the Big 12 Championships. In the 400M, his athletes took second-, third-, fourth- and sixth-place finishes, accumulating 22 points for the team total. In the 400M hurdles, he guided three of his athletes to top five finishes, totaling 23 points. The sprints, hurdles and relays accounted for 100 points at the conference meet.
His athletes set three indoor school records, one ATC record and four outdoor school records, as members of the 2005 Big 12 Team Champions, the first track and field team title in school history.
Williams also earned a bronze finish in the 400M (44.90) at the NCAA outdoor championships, breaking the 45-second mark for the first time in his career. Williams was also a member of the 4x400M relay that clocked a school-record breaking time of 3:01.69, a world best at the time.
In addition to his 2005 NCAA accomplishments, Silvey also coached Williams to a gold medal in the 400M at the Bahamas national meet and a silver medal as a member of the Bahamas 4x400M relay at the 2005 World Championships.
During the 2006 season, Silvey's hurdlers tallied five All-America honors and set four school records. Shawon Harris earned All-America accolades in the 60M, 4x400M (indoor) and the 400M hurdles. Odom and Scott each received the honor during the outdoor season, with Odom's in the 110M hurdles and Scott in the 400M hurdles. Silvey coached both Harris and Odom to regional titles in hurdle events.
Silvey spent the previous two seasons as a University of Oregon assistant coach. Upon Silvey's arrival in Eugene in the fall of 2001, his reputation of coaching winning athletes was immediately evident when they went from a fifth-place finish the previous year to a second-place finish in 2002. In 2003, the Ducks sent six sprint and hurdle entries to the NCAA Championships, to go along with a pair of West Regional champs, and nine top-nine finishers in the Pac-10 Championships. Silvey coached Samie Parker to fifth-place finish at the NCAA 100M final and was the NCAA regional champion with a seasonal best of 10.18. Parker also finished third in the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championship with an Oregon school record of 6.62. In addition the University of Oregon won the Pac-10 Championship - an accomplishment not seen for the previous 12 years.
His first Duck unit in 2002 featured a pair of All-Americans - 110M hurdle school record holder Micah Harris (13.67) and 800M runner Simon Kimata. At the conference level, Brandon Holliday captured the Pac-10 title in the 400M hurdles and Harris earned runner-up honors in the 110M hurdles. At the NCAA level, Harris took seventh in the NCAA finale (13.78). In his debut indoor season, sprinter Samie Parker finished fourth in the NCAA Championships 60M (6.66), after clocking a school record 6.63 in the prelims.
As the sprints/hurdles mentor for Arkansas from the fall of 1994 through the 2000 outdoor season, he was a part of 13 NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country team titles and 17 SEC Team Championships. His athletes won 15 All-America honors (including one NCAA champion and two NCAA runners-up) and 13 outdoor SEC individual titles.
The 2000 season was perhaps the finest by his athletes who posted one of the nation's top times in the 4x100M relay (39.27), a collegiate record in the sprint medley relay (3:12.13), took second in the NCAA 4x400M (3:02.02), and won the prestigious Penn Relays shuttle hurdle relay in the fastest time in the world that season (55.37).
Prior to his arrival in Fayetteville, he was a five-time national coach of the year at Blinn College as his squads won 15 national championships in seven years. At the Brenham, Texas institution, Silvey produced 164 All-Americans, 128 individual national champions and 27 relay champions. His 1992 indoor and outdoor squads set the record for most points at the national junior college championships indoor meet (288) and outdoor meet (263). Track and Field News rated his recruiting classes best in the nation from 1989-93, a first for a junior college.
Individually, his resume boasts 561 All-America awards, 28 World Championships competitors, 15 World Championship medalists and 34 Olympians. Among the 11 Olympic medalists he's worked with, Samuel Matete and Calvin Davis won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 400M hurdles in Atlanta in 1996. Olympic 4x400M relay gold medallists Lamont Smith (400M, 44.30) and Darnell Hall (400M, 44.34) were also under the tutelage of Silvey.
In 2005, Silvey was inducted into the National Junior College Track and Field Hall of Fame after becoming the all-time men's winningest coach with 15 national championships.
At the international level, he served as the Zambian head coach at the 1992 and 1996 Olympiads, and at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
A 1980 graduate of Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) with a bachelor's degree in environmental science education, he added a master's degree from Texas A&M in physical education in 1987.
Silvey has three children, Ryan, Nicole and Jarrett, and is married to Lou Rhea Williams.
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