Position: Assistant Coach - Jumps
Chris Bostwick is in his seventh season as a member of Clemson’s track & field coaching staff in 2018-19. Bostwick is in charge of all jumps for the combined program.
This past season, Bostwick led Alabama transfer Jeremiah Green to an ACC title in the indoor triple jump, Clemson’s first triple jump title since 1999. Green also set both indoor and outdoor program records in the triple jump with both coming at ACC Championships. Bostwick guided Green to All-American status at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship. Bostwick helped freshman DJ Ledell Second Team All-ACC honors in both the long and triple jump
In 2017, Bostwick coached then-senior Iana Amsterdam to both indoor and outdoor ACC titles in the triple jump. She also PR’d by nearly five feet from her high school PR. On the men’s side, Bostwick guided Chris McBride won the 2017 ACC indoor long jump title and was the runner-up at the ACC Outdoor Championship. McBride also broke the school record of olympian George Kitchens. Both Amsterdam and McBride earned All-American honors.
Bostwick has been a part of four ACC Championships in women’s track & field with the Tigers, helping Clemson to an indoor/outdoor sweep in 2013 and 2015. His athletes were instrumental to the sweep in 2015, as his triple jumpers swept the podium at the ACC Outdoor Championships and finished first, second and fourth at the indoor meet.
The progress continued in 2016 for Bostwick’s groups. He coached Mimi Land to an ACC title in her final collegiate competition, the high jump. She went on to earn second-team All-America honors in the event. Anasterasia Terrell and Iana Amsterdam were both first-team All-ACC in the triple jump in both seasons as well.
Amsterdam showed tremendous growth as a sophomore under Bostwick’s coaching. After claiming her first ACC title at the indoor championship meet in the triple jump, she won the outdoor ACC Championship with a leap of 42-11.75. She went on to qualify for the NCAA Championship, placing ninth with the fourth best jump in Clemson history totalling 43-1.
Bostwick coached Shai Carpenter and Torian Ware to new heights. Ware captured his first ACC crown at the league’s outdoor meet in 2015, while Carpenter advanced to the NCAA Championships during indoor season. Carpenter’s 52-2.5 leap broke the Clemson record in the triple jump, and went on to earn first-team All-ACC acclaim in 2016.
Bostwick coached a first-team All-American in the high jump (Land), and second-team All-Americans in the high jump (Ware), long jump (Whitney Fountain) and triple jump (Land) in 2014. Land and Fountain combined to earn five all-conference accolades under Bostwick’s instruction in 2014. Land was the ACC’s Most Valuable Outdoor Field Athlete, while he coached Fountain to a top-five school mark and NCAA East qualification in the triple jump in just one week’s time. Ware also earned All-ACC acclaim in the high jump both seasons.
In 2013, he coached five All-ACC performers and four NCAA qualifiers in his first year alone. Lauren Terstappen was all-conference in both seasons and made it to the outdoor national meet. Terstappen finished her career as Clemson’s indoor and outdoor record-holder in the pole vault.
Jameel Abdul-Mateen earned two firsts in 2013, as the sophomore was All-ACC and a second-team All-American in the long jump after adding well over a foot to his personal best (25-6). Bostwick coached Land to ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year honors and to the USA Juniors in three events. She was All-ACC in the indoor long jump and an NCAA outdoor qualifier in the event as well.
Bostwick joined the Tiger staff after six seasons (2007-12) as the jumps and multi-events coach at Michigan State. In his time with the Spartan program, he coached eight All-Americans and eight individual Big Ten Champions.
In 2012, he was named USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. He coached freshman Tori Franklin to a bronze medal in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She also went on to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials after jumping 43-9.75 as a rookie. Becca Buchholtz also won her fourth Big Ten high jump crown under Bostwick’s leadership. Buchholtz won indoor high jump titles in 2009 and 2012, and outdoor crowns in 2010 and 2011.
In 2011, Bostwick coached Codi Mattix to second-team All-America honors. Mattix jumped 17-1 in the pole vault, improving nearly a foot on his personal best. He coached Ashley Stacey to silver medals at the USA Junior Championships and Pan American Junior Championships in the long jump. Stacey long jumped 20-9.75 as a freshman after, an improvement of over a foot from her high school personal best.
Bostwick’s athletes had a solid 2009 season as well. Kyron Foster advanced to the NCAA Championships in the men’s triple jump after breaking the indoor and outdoor school record in the event, reaching a personal best 53-3 mark at nationals that year. He improved by six feet from high school.
His first two seasons at Michigan State, he coached a pair of NCAA qualifiers, including Jonathan Allen in the men’s triple jump. He was a national finalist and was also the Big Ten runner-up in the event. Bostwick also mentored his first Big Ten Champion in 2007, his first indoor season with Michigan State, in pole vaulter Mark Langlois.
Prior to his time at Michigan State, Bostwick was an assistant coach from 2002-06 at Miami (Ohio). His athletes made four NCAA appearances, won two Mideast Regional titles and earned seven Mid-American Conference Championships. His athletes established 11 school records during the four-year run.
Lashonda Davis and Sara Landau were two of his most decorated athletes at Miami. Both were two-time qualifiers, with Davis claiming four MAC titles in the long jump and Landau sweeping the 2006 pole vault competitions. Landau was also a two-time Mideast Regional Champion in the vault. In 2006, he also took Kristina Bolterstein to an indoor high jump title at the MAC Championships with a 5-10 clearance.
Bostwick spent two seasons at Binghamton University as an assistant men’s and women’s coach. He coached the sprints, jumps and multi-events. He coached six conference champions and 18 all-conference athletes.
A Level III certified track & field coach, Bostwick currently serves as the co-director for USA Track & Field’s coaches education program. He is also a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Bostwick earned his undergraduate degree in physical education and coaching from Cortland State. He was a graduate assistant under head coach Dr. Jack Daniels while obtaining his master’s degree in exercise science and biomechanics.
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