Wolf Pack hires assistant track and field coach
Loyola’s track and field program welcomed Damar Forbes as the team’s new assistant coach earlier this year. In the spring, Forbes will begin his college coaching career at Loyola and will primarily coach sprints, hurdles and jump events.
Forbes, a former Olympian and NCAA Champion, is from Jamaica. He moved to the United States before starting his career with the Louisiana State University track team.
As an athlete at LSU, Forbes went on to become one of the most decorated long jumpers in the history of the program.
He went on to represent Jamaica in the long jump at two world championships in 2011 and 2013, and at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016.
âI’ve done pretty much everything in track and field when it comes to competition,â Forbes said.
Forbes was inspired by the wide variety of coaches he saw in his time with the sport, and he plans to wear those traits in his career at Loyola.
âThe coaches I’ve worked with have kind of shaped the way I look at training. They’re very professional and down-to-earth, and I admire the way they’ve done it all and the people they are, âForbes said.
Forbes said he wanted to help Loyola’s track and field program gain recognition. He believes adding to the mix will help elevate them as contenders.
âMy overall goal is to improve the team. I just want them to like the sport the way I like it, âhe said.
Although he said he had a special connection with the long jump, Forbes said he preferred to train the sprints because it gave him momentum.
âIt happens in every event, but for some reason with the sprints it just gives me a different kind of joy,â Forbes said.
Track and Field Head Coach Geoffrey Masanet is excited about hiring Forbes and the new perspective he brings to the program.
âFrom the first time I spoke to him, I quickly realized that he was very nice and that he was someone I would be happy and lucky to work with. Our goal is to continue to improve individually and as a team. With his experience, he will motivate the children and train them very well, âsaid Masanet.