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Wayne W. Angel
Position: Head Coach
Angel comes to FAMU from the Midwest, where he had been the Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2009.

While at Illinois, he produced 30 Big Ten Champions (14 individual / 4 relays). In 2006, Angel had 23 top NCAA finishes, 17 All-Americans and 4x400-meter relay team finished as runner up.

In addition, he developed 17 NCAA Championship qualifiers, two regional champions in the 400-intermediate hurdles in 2004. In 2007, one of his athletes is the current collegiate holder the 500-meter dash.

At Illinois, Angel produced an Olympian, who participated in the 2008 Games in Beijing, China, had two individuals to participate in the 2004 Olympic trials in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and coached a Canadian National Champion in the 400-meters.

Angel began his coaching career at Pike High School (1992-98) in 1992 as the Head Girls Track and Field Coach. There, he led his team to a #17 national ranking and a State Championship in 1997, earning the Indiana High School Coach of the Year Award.

During his tenure at Pike High, Angel won four regional championships, three sectional championships and three conference championships, while guiding them to a state runnerup finish in 1998. He also produced three individual state champions and three High School All-Americans.

Angel's collegiate coaching career began in 1998, when he became the Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach at the University of Tennessee - Martin (1998-99).

At UT-Martin, he coached three star performers - Marketa Teklova, who earned First Team All-Ohio Valley Cross Country honors; Oniel Wright, who set the school record in the 400 meter hurdles and 400 meter dash and Tameka Gunn, who set the school record in the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles.

After a one-year stint at UT-Martin, Angel was named Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track Coach at Wichita State (1999 -2002) in Wichita, Kansas.

There he was a part of two Missouri Valley Championship Outdoor Championships (2000, 2001) and in 2001, his men's team swept the 800 meter dash. In addition, his team won the Missouri Valley Championship in the 110 high hurdles, 800 meter dash, 3,000 meter run, 400 meter dash and the 400 meter intermediate hurdles.

In 2001, Angel also coached two NCAA Championship competitors, Viktor Lacis and Solomon Birir in the 800-meter dash.

Lacis finished third in the 400 meter hurdles at NCAA Championships and was named the Missouri Valley Championship Athlete of the Year (400 intermediate hurdles and 400 meter dash). Also, Lacis went on to compete in the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia in the 800 meter dash.

His 2001 Wichita State Cross Country team finished second in the Missouri Valley Championship and was in the USA top 30, featuring one NCAA Nationals competitor, nine record holders and three All-Region performers.

Angel then ventured to the University of Iowa (2002-03), where he became the Head Women's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach.

There his team finished sixth in the Big Ten Championships and the distance medley relay team finished ranked nationally. He coached Sarah Arens, who won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships, while setting the school record in that event.

In the spring of 2003, Angel was named the Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003-09).

This Rantoul, Illinois native holds a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign (1982), where he was a stellar track and field athlete for the Fighting Illini.

He was a two-time Big Ten Champion as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. He set the school record in the 400-meter intermediate hurdle with a time of 50.56 seconds in 1982 and currently ranked fourth on the school's all-time list in the event.

Angel was a tri-captain for the Illini in 1981, winning his first Big Ten title at the 1981 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 4x400 -meter relay with a time of 3:12.7, then claiming the same title outdoors with a time of 3:08.1. He also finished fourth for the Illini at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 500-meters and fourth in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles outdoors.

The new FAMU coach is a former Army Airborne Ranger, and a distinguished honor graduate of the Army's Air Assault School. He is a three-time Gold Medalist at the World Military Games and holds the Armed Forces record in the 400-meter hurdles.

In addition, Angel was an Olympic Trials participant in 1980 in Eugene, Ore., and again in Los Angeles in 1984.

Angel has served as the sprint coach at the World Scholar Athlete Games in Rhode Island and served as the sprint coach for Latvia at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.

He is also a member of the two Hall of Fames, the Parkland College Hall of Fame and the Rantoul High School Hall of Fame.
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