BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Hampton University Director of Track & Field Maurice Pierce is the head men’s coach as part of the U.S. Track & Field National Team for the 2014 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships, which will be held Aug. 8-10 in Kamloops, British Columbia.
In his 12th season at Hampton and his second coaching both programs, Pierce has won four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) cross-country titles (2004, ‘06, ‘10, ‘11), 10 MEAC indoor track and field titles (2003-09, ‘11-13) and 10 MEAC outdoor championships (2003-04, ’06-11, ’13-14).
He guided the Pirates to the 2013 MEAC outdoor title, giving the men’s program its first MEAC track & field title since 2003. The Lady Pirates swept the MEAC indoor and outdoor title last season, after coming in second in cross-country.
Coached Olympic athletes
Pierce, the 2008-09 Southeast Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year as named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has coached 20 All-Americans and watched his student-athletes bring home five individual NCAA titles – two from Yvette Lewis in the triple jump and three from Francena McCorory in the 400-meter dash.
But Pierce’s success isn’t exclusive to Hampton.
He also has coached Olympic athletes – most recently, Pierce coached David Payne to the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Pierce, considered one of the world’s best hurdle coaches, has coached athletes in the last four Olympics – including the likes of former Pirate James Carter and Rachelle Boone-Smith.
Both athletes have won World Championships under Pierce.
Norfolk State grad
Pierce, a native of Newport News, Va. and a graduate of Norfolk State, is also chair of the USATF Virginia Association Women Elite Athletes.
The three-day competition will feature athletes from 31 nations, including from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Island, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States.