JOHNSON CITY — Former Tennessee track and field star Hassaan Stamps has joined the East Tennessee State track and field staff as sprints and hurdles coach, George Watts announced Friday.
“I am pleased to announce the hiring of Hassaan Stamps as our new sprints and hurdles coach,” Watts, the Bucs' director of track and field and cross country, said in a statement from the university. “Hassaan has experienced a tremendous amount of success both as an athlete and as a coach on the collegiate and international levels. He can coach and recruit and will hold his athletes to a very high standard on and off the track.”
Stamps has 13 years of coaching experience, including his most recent stop as an assistant coach, focusing on jumps and multi-events, at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville from 2010-13. He's also coached at Florida International, Miami (Fla.), Vermont and California State-Los Angeles.
Stamps has experience on an international level as well. In 2012, he served as the head coach of Saudi Arabia’s national team. Before leading the Saudis into international competition at the 2012 World Junior Championships and the Olympic Games in London, Stamps took a sabbatical from SIUE to develop and recruit Saudi Arabia's top junior competitors while coaching elite-level athletes.
He is a Level II certified USA Track and Field (USATF) instructor as well as Level I certified with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Stamps, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., competed for the Volunteers from 1999-2002 and was a four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection. A gifted hurdler and sprinter, he earned five All-America certificates and helped the Vols to the 2001 NCAA outdoor championship and the 2002 NCAA indoor title.
Stamps helped lead to Vols to back-to-back outdoor SEC titles in 2001 and 2002, also serving as a team captain during those seasons.
He was named the SEC track and field scholar athlete of the year in 2001, and earned a bachelor's degree with a double major in sports management and psychology from UT in 2003.
“I have no doubt Coach Stamps will have clearly defined expectations for his group and they will be well prepared for the championship meets,” Watts said. “I know our sprinters and hurdlers are eager to get started with their new coach.”comments powered by Disqus