Cliff Felkins is in his eighth season at Texas Tech, coaching throwing events for the Red Raiders as well as coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program. Felkins' most recent accomplishments include the 2004 All-American status of discus thrower Jason Young.
Before arriving at Texas Tech, Felkins was a member of Wes Kittley's staff at Abilene Christian, where he coached the team's throwers and served as the strength coach for both the men's and women's intercollegiate programs. He joined the ACU staff in 1992 and lifted the throwers to unprecedented heights. During his tenure, Felkins coached the Wildcat throwers to 36 All-American performances, five national championships, four Olympic trials and one Olympian.
A 1983 graduate of Odessa High School, Felkins was a two-time All-American at Odessa College in the hammer and the discus where he was a national runner-up in both. Felkins then transferred to the University of Texas-El Paso where he was the Western Athletic Conference champion in the weight throw before again earning All-American status.
The fall of 1986 led Felkins to ACU where he quickly became the most dominate weight thrower in Division II history. In his two years at ACU, he won five individual National Championships in both the hammer and discus. In 1987, Felkins became the first and only Division II field event athlete to win a Division I national title, forcing the Division I coaches to change the rules, banning Division II athletes from competing at the Division I Championships. Felkins competed at Olympic trials, Olympic festivals and U.S. National Championships before retiring in 1996. Felkins was also inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame for his collegiate accomplishments.
In the summer of 2004, Felkins was named Head Strength Coach for all Olympic Sports at Texas Tech. Felkins will oversee the strength and conditioning programs for Red Raider Olympic sports, in addition to his track and field duties.
Felkins is also responsible for the hiring of former Tech All-American discus thrower Jason Young as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.