LUBBOCK, (Texas Tech Press Release) – Texas Tech track and field coach Wes Kittley announced the hiring of Devin West on Thursday as the program’s new assistant coach for women’s sprints and hurdles.
West, known as a top-flight recruiters across the country, arrives at Texas Tech following a season at the University of Miami where he coached the men’s sprints, including the Hurricane 4x100 relay that qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary meet for the first time in four years.
“I’m thrilled to bring Devin West into our program,” Kittley said. “He brings a wealth of recruiting experience and is known as one of the top recruiters in the country. He will be coaching the women’s sprinters, hurdles and relays which will allow Coach (Dion) Miller to focus more on the men’s’ side. He’s one of the hottest young coaches in the country and we’re fortunate that he wants to be a Red Raider.”
West joined the Hurricane track and field program after spending the previous two seasons coaching sprints, hurdles and relays at Florida State. He previously spent a season on the coaching staff at Air Force and three years at Kennesaw State.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to be at Texas Tech,” West said. “The tradition, the program and being in the state of Texas – which is a recruiting hotbed – is exciting. I’m grateful for the opportunity from Coach Kittley to be part of his staff. I look forward to winning championships and taking this program to another level. I’d be remiss to not thank coach Amy Deem and the University of Miami for allowing me to be part of such a great program with exceptional student-athletes and coaches.”
West, a native of Berkeley, Calif., has found success in each of his coaching stops as he helped Artie Burns to an ACC title in the 60m hurdles this past season as well as second team All-American honors during the indoor season.
During his stay at Florida State, West was responsible for guiding sprinters Dentarius Locke and James Harris as well as the Seminoles’ 4x100m relay team to All-American status. West oversaw sprints, hurdles and relays while at Florida State.
His recruiting prowess paid off as the Seminoles collected a pair of top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2012 and 2013. Florida State also finished eighth at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships during his tenure as well.
Prior to arriving in Florida, West helped Air Force’s 4x400-meter relay capture the program’s first Mountain West Conference Championship during the indoor season. He also was responsible for Bryce Bergman, who became the first Falcon to claim the conference championship in the 400-meter hurdles as well as a spot in the first round of the NCAA Championships and an appearance in the 2011 USATF National Championships.
West was hired to his first collegiate position at Kennasaw State in Georgia where he was instrumental in helping lead the Owls to four Atlantic Sun Conference titles. He previously received his first coaching job as an assistant at Norcross High School (Georgia) where he directed nine state meet finalists and 13 state meet qualifiers.
In addition to his work collegiately, West has also found success at the national level, coaching a 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship qualifier in the men’s 100-meter hurdles and a 2009 USATF Junior National qualifier in the 100-meter dash.
West played football and ran track at Saint Mary’s College where he was a two-time all-county and all-region sprinter. He competed in the 100, 200 and 400-meter events and was a three-time California state track and field championship participant.
A USA Track and Field Level I certified coach, West earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Kennesaw State in 2010.