Shawn Wilbourn begins his eighth season as a member of the Duke Track & Field coaching staff after joining the Blue Devils following the Olympic Trials in July of 2008. Wilbourn works with Duke’s combined-event, pole vault, horizontal jumps and hurdles student-athletes, while previously coaching the Blue Devil sprinters, as well. The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized Wilbourn as the 2015 Southeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year following the conclusion of the outdoor season.
The 2015 season saw Wilbourn lead another strong multi-event group to national prominence, headlined by Teddi Maslowski qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and Tanner Johnson claiming the decathlon crown at the ACC Outdoor Championships as a rookie. For the women, Maslowski and Karli Johonnot combined for seven All-ACC honors during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Maslowski set school records in the 60m hurdles, long jump and pentathlon during the indoor season and the 100m hurdles, long jump and heptathlon during the outdoor campaign. On the men's side, Johnson was joined on the podium at the ACC Outdoor Championships by Ian Rock in second place, while Robert Rohner finished fifth overall. It was the second straight season a Blue Devil took home the decathlon title, with Rohner placing first in 2014. Rock also finished with runner-up honors in the heptathlon during the indoor season, while Johnson captured fourth.
In addition to the multi-event student-athletes seeing significant success, the sprint group also performed strong throughout the 2015 season. The women's 4x400 squad, comprised of Lauren Hansson, Elizabeth Kerpon, Madeline Kopp and Maddy Price, earned first team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships after racing to a sixth-place finish with a school-record time of 3:32.56. On the men's side, Brett Bofinger also claimed first team All-America status as a member of the men's distance medley relay that finished seventh at the national indoor meet. During the outdoor season, Bofinger joined Rohner, Michael Wilson and Chaz Hawkins to set the program record in the 4x400, clocking a 3:09.21.
In the pole vault, Wilbourn helped Megan Clark produce one of the most prolific seasons in Duke history, earning first team indoor All-America honors, being named the ACC Women's Indoor Field Performer of the Year and setting school records for both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. Clark, who claimed gold at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships, finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a clearance of 14-9.00 (4.50) to tie the ACC record. The Fort Benning, Ga., product also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earned honorable mention All-America accolades. For the men, Connor Hall put together a career year, highlighted by finishing second at the ACC Championships with a height of 16-7.50 (5.07), the fifth-best height in school history.
During his Duke tenure, Wilbourn has coached two NCAA Champions, 17 All-Americans, 11 ACC Champions and 52 All-ACC honorees. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, his student-athletes combined to own 32 school records.
Prior to working at Duke, Wilbourn held a similar position at Georgia after spending four years at Cortland State University, the last two as Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. He was honored with numerous Atlantic Region and New York State Coach of the Year honors for his mentoring at Cortland State, while coaching 18 All-Americans and two national champions.
Wilbourn’s other collegiate coaching stops include the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and his alma mater, Long Beach State University. Wilbourn earned his master’s in kinesiology from Long Beach in 2003.
In addition to college coaching experience, Wilbourn has also imparted his knowledge to athletes following their collegiate careers. In 2008, WIlbourn coached former Georgia long jumper Patty Sylvester to the Beijing Olympics. The Grenadian posted a mark of 22-0.25 (6.71) the same year, a national record for the event.
As an athlete, Wilbourn was a 1996 Olympic Trials finalist in the decathlon and competed at the World Championships for the United States in 1997. His career best in the decathlon is 8,268 points.
Wilbourn was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL draft. He spent time under contract with the San Francisco 49ers during the 1992 NFL campaign.
In addition, Wilbourn is a USATF Level II certified coach as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Wilbourn has one daughter, Justice, and one son, Braeden.
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