Willie Randolph joined the coaching staff of the FAU women's cross country and track program, as associate head coach, in September of 2016.
In his first season, Randolph guided the squad to a number of successes. At the Conference USA Indoor Championships, four members advanced to their respective finals, with three top-five showings. Also, on the first day of the event, pentathlete Frida Thorsås made it to the medal stand by virtue of a second-place finish. A similar number of Owls moved on at the C-USA Outdoor Championships, with four individuals qualifing for five events, while again achieving three top-five finishes.
Additionally, hurdler Jamika Glades and Thorsås, in the javelin throw, competed at the NCAA East Regionals in Lexington, Kentucky. At the time of qualification, Glades ranked No. 26 in the region in the 400 meter hurdles and No. 44 in the 100 meter hurdles, while Thorsås was No. 44 in the javelin. Thorsås also finished No. 12 in the heptathlon (No. 31 nationally). Over the course of the season, members of the squad entered into the program's all-time Top 10 in 14 positions on the indoor list and earned 19 new slots on the outdoor ledger as well.
Randolph arrived in Boca Raton with an extensive amount of collegiate coaching experience, both as a head coach and assistant, at various storied schools. He was a three-year assistant coach at the University of Virginia, specifically working with hurdles, sprints and relays. While with the Cavaliers, he coached nearly 20 All-ACC student-athletes and 25 All-Region honorees, setting six school records and 15 all-time top 10 performances during his tenure.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity help build FAU's women's track and field and cross country program to become a force within the conference, regional and national level,” said Randolph.
Prior to Virginia, Randolph was at Central Michigan University, and as Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, he implemented the first ever combined program at the school. The Chippewas earned four All-American honors and had 47 All-MAC performers in the four years he was in charge of the program. Also, the team set 22 new school records and had 19 individual MAC titles.
Randolph was also an assistant track coach at Louisville from 2006-09, earning four BIG EAST team titles and setting 15 school records; and before that, was the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country at New Orleans, from 2003-06. Not only did he lead that program to earn 30 All-Sun Belt Conference nods, 10 individual conference champions and 56 school records, he was also there while having to temporarily move the program to LSU during Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath.
Before New Orleans, Randolph was an assistant at both Vanderbilt (2002-03) and Belmont (1999-2002). All told, the newest member of the FAU program has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience, including seven as a head coach
He is also a USATF Level I and II Certified coach in jumps/sprints and hurdles (since 1999), has been a USATF Certified Meet Official since 2000, and served on both the Division I Track and Field Committee and USTFCCCA Coaches Committee from 2011-13. Randolph is an alumnus of Central Michigan, and was a letterman hurdler for the Chippewas.