The 2018-19 school year will mark Beth Alford-Sullivan's fifth season as the director of track and field and cross country at the University of Tennessee. Overall, Tennessee has claimed seven NCAA championships, 15 SEC championships, 51 SEC medals and 94 All-American honors during Alford-Sullivan's first four seasons on Rocky Top. When Alford-Sullivan was tabbed to lead the men's and women's programs, she became the first woman to lead a men's program in any sport in SEC history.

The Vols put together a strong team effort in 2018, accounting for two SEC championships, 17 SEC medals and 11 program records between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Mustaqeem Williams won the SEC 200-meter title during the indoor season, and Stamatia Scarvelis took good in the hammer throw during the outdoor championship. Tennessee hosted the SEC outdoor meet at Tom Black Track for the first time since 2010 with the Lady Vols finishing fourth and the men taking sixth. Behind Sullivan's leadership, Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium underwent some of its most extensive renovations in time for the SEC championships. At the annual Tennessee Relays, the team held a dedication ceremony for three new buildings on site: the Boyd Family Track and Field Center, the Basler Broadcast Center and Phillips Pavilion.


The 2018-19 season marks Travis Geopfert's first season as an associate head coach at Tennessee.

Geopfert, who will work primarily with the jumps and multi-event programs, spent the previous nine years on the Razorback staff where he was named the 2013 and 2014 USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year. Prior to his time in Fayetteville, he was on the Northern Iowa staff for six seasons, serving as Head Coach in 2008-09.

"It's an exciting day on Rocky Top to announce Travis Geopfert joining our track and field staff," Coach Sullivan said. "Travis is an amazing coach, an outstanding recruiter and will bring a great spark to our staff as we move forward into phase two of bringing track back at Tennessee. Travis' accomplishments from Northern Iowa to Arkansas are amongst the best of the coaches in our field. What he as accomplished under head coach Chris Bucknam and the staff at Arkansas shows that Travis has all the skill set to help propel us to the top of the podiums."

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The 2018-19 season marks Ryan Foster's first year at Tennessee as an assistant coach for the distance group and recruiting coordinator for the track and field program.

Foster was an All-American middle distance runner for Coach Beth Alford-Sullivan at Penn State and later served on staff as an assistant coach and director of operations. He comes to the Vols from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, where he has spent the last two years as the head cross country coach and assistant coach for the middle- and long-distance runners.

He will be joined on the Volunteer coaching staff by his wife, Kara Foster, who also ran for Coach Sullivan at Penn State and was a 10,000-meter All-American. She will be a volunteer assistant coach for the distance events.


Two-time Olympian and veteran sprints coach Ken Harnden joined the Tennessee track and field staff to start the the 2018-19 season.

Harnden serves as the Vols' assistant coach for sprints, hurdles and relays. He comes to Rocky Top having spent the last three seasons in the same role at Georgia, and prior to that, he spent 12 seasons coaching at Florida State.

"I am thrilled to add Ken to our coaching staff here at UT," Tennessee director of track and field/cross country Alford-Sullivan said. "His consistent and proven success shows that he is one of the best sprints coaches in the country. The University of Tennessee sprints crew is storied in history and tradition. Our alums, current student-athletes and future Tennessee Volunteers deserve a coach that can build on that tradition at the highest level. 


The 2018-19 season marks David Neville's second season at Tennessee as an assistant coach for sprints, hurdles and relays.

Neville, who served as the head coach of Taylor University's track and field program from 2014-17, serves as one half of the sprint coaching tandem with associate head coach Ken Harnden.

In his first year on Rocky Top, the 2018 Vols set four program sprint records and accounted for 22 All-America honors. Mustaqeem Williams won the 200-meter title at the SEC indoor championships and took second outdoors. Nathan Strother set team records in both the indoor and outdoor 400 meters. Shania Collins emerged as one of the nation's top women sprinters during the outdoor season, taking second in the 100 and 200 meters at SECs.



John Newell will return for his sixth season at Tennessee in 2018-19 as the assistant coach of throwing events.

Stamatia Scarvelis and freshmen men led the way for the Vols' throw group in 2018. Scarvelis became the first Tennessee woman to win an SEC title in the hammer throw and took third in the event at NCAA championships. She set three records during the season (weight throw, indoor shot put, hammer). Jordan West broke Tennessee's 34-year-year-old outdoor men's shot put record and took third at the SEC meet as a newcomer. He and fellow freshmen Georgios Korakidis (hammer throw) and Joseph Maxwell (shot put, discus) all scored at the SEC meet. 2017 marked a breakout year for the Tennessee throws program as the squad broke three school records and reached some milestones. Scarvelis set the school record in the weight throw (21.49m/70-6.25) during the indoor season. She followed that up with the school mark (65.26m/214-1) in the hammer throw during the outdoor season. However she was not the only one as the 2017 throws group posted 17 top-10 marks in school history. On the men's side Cameron Brown broke the school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 68.19m/223-8. However, the record stood for less than a month as Seth Whitener pushed the record to 68.59m/225-0 at the NCAA East Prelims. Both Whitener and Brown were named second team All-America in the hammer. Matthew "Scotty" Zajac added a third place finish at the SEC Championship in the discus.


Ellen Wortham will be in her third season as the Director of Operations for Tennessee Track & Field in 2018-19.

Wortham was a student-athlete at Tennessee from 2009-2012 and was named the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012. She graduated from Tennessee, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Psychology, earning an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The Maryville, Tenn. native holds the Tennessee school record for the 400m Hurdles with a time of 55.55 which she set at the 2012 SEC Championship. She won back-to-back SEC Championships in the 400m Hurdles and won another SEC title as part of the 2009 Indoor Distance Medley Relay team.

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