Position: Assistant Coach - Hurdles/Long Sprints
Graham enters his second season as an assistant coach at Clemson after nearly a 10-year stint as the head coach of Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, North Carolina. Graham, who works closely with Tiger hurdlers, sprinters and relay teams, found much success in his first season at Clemson. Those coached under the direction of Graham in 2018 combined for 15 top-10 program times between indoor and outdoor competition.
Graham guided the Tiger men’s 4x400m relay its 10th indoor conference title at the Clemson-hosted 2018 ACC Indoor Championships, where the Tigers achieved the fourth-fastest 4x400m time in program history. Then-seniors Jeffrey Green and Cordell Lamb, also members of Graham’s ACC champion 4x400m group, placed first and second, respectively, at the indoor conference championship meet. Graham then led the Tigers to one of their largest outings in program history at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition to the men’s 4x400m, then-senior Deron Gordon also represented the Tigers on the national stage. Gordon achieved Second Team All-America accolades in the 400mH after placing 16th overall. Gordon also turned in the program’s No. 6 time (as of June 9, 2018) in the 400mH with a time of 50.28 seconds, which he achieved at the 2018 East Prelims. Alongside the men’s 4x400m and Gordon, then-junior Markeeta Thomas and then-sophomore Lakeisha Warner represented the Tiger women in the 400mH at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where Thomas earned Second Team All-America honors. Additionally, Graham guided Warner to runner-up and First Team All-ACC status in the 400mH at the outdoor conference championships.
The 1984 graduate of Alabama State University is also a nine-time CIAA Coach of the Year recipient. Graham guided the Johnson C. Smith women’s team to four NCAA Division II Championship top-5 team finishes in 2011 (outdoor), 2013-14 (outdoor) and 2014 (indoor). He has coached a combined 25 NCAA Division II national indoor/outdoor champions. While at Johnson C. Smith, Graham saw five NCAA Division II national records set by his student-athletes in the women’s 60-meter hurdles (2008-09), the women’s 200-meter dash (2013), 400-meter hurdles (2013) and the 4×100-meter relay (2013). Additionally, Graham has guided 164 All-Americans in indoor and outdoor track & field competition.
Outside of NCAA competition, Graham has coached in several international events including the 2018 Continental, 2016 Olympic Games, 2014 Commonwealth Games and three World Championships in Athletics. Graham coached hurdler Danielle Williams, who won both the 2015 World Championships and 2015 World University Games Championship in the 100mH. In 2012 olympics held in London, Graham guided Leford Green to a seventh-place finish in the 400mH. At the 2009 Pan-American Junior Championships, Graham coached the top-two finishers in the 100mH in Shermaine Williams and Rosemarie Carty.
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