Northern Colorado Adds Ed Loyd To Track Staff

The University of Northern Colorado track team added more firepower to their coaching staff this week.

Ed Loyd joins the Bears after stops at Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State, mostly resulting in jump events.

“We are delighted that Ed is joining our Bear family,” athletics director Wayne Angel said in a statement. “I’ve known Ed for over thirty years. He’s a winner in every sense of the word.

Loyd helped coach several Atlantic Sun Conference champions, 12 All-Conference selections, two NCAA first-round qualifiers and three school record holders while at Kennesaw State.

He also coached jumpers at Tennessee Tech to four program records, one Ohio Valley champion and four All-Conference selections.

Loyd himself has had an impressive career. He set records in the United States Armed Forces that still stand today, placed second in the triple jump at the NCAA Championship, won the Ohio Valley Conference titles at Middle Tennessee State and has competed in two trials for the US Olympic team.

In addition, he has twice received All-America honors.

“I’ve known Ed from his high school days in Illinois. He was a fearless competitor, but even a better person, ”said Nathaniel Page, Georgia Tech assistant and Tokyo Olympic staffer. “His understanding and philosophy about training and competing has been invaluable to me. Ed has a natural talent for coaching and the compassion with which to inspire athletes to believe in themselves is remarkable. I can’t wait to see Ed take the jumpers of northern Colorado to new heights never seen before at the Big Sky conference. “

Loyd replaces Leevan Sands who held a similar position as an assistant coach at Florida State University.

The Bears are currently competing in the cross country season with track and field scheduled to begin in the winter.

“Coach Angel and I have competed together as athletes on championship teams, and I have also coached alongside him with similar results at Tennessee Tech,” Loyd said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him and coach Stormie Sickler to create the next track and field program in northern Colorado. “

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