Tempest Vance became an assistant track and field coach under director of track and field programs Duane Ross in October of 2012. She is responsible for coaching vertical and horizontal jumpers while serving as the programs’ operations coordinator.
In her five seasons, A&T has coached 27 All-MEAC athletes, 11 MEAC champions, five NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round qualifiers, two NCAA championship qualifiers, two All-Americans, two USATF qualifiers and MEAC track and field athlete of the year. A&T triple jumper Keenan Smith was fantastic under Vance’s leadership. Smith advanced to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round held in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2015. He also won three MEAC triple jump titles (two outdoor and one indoor). Long jumper Frank Quarles is a three-time MEAC outdoor men's long jump champion (2014-16). Quarles also made an appearance in the 2016 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in the long jump, and during the 2015 indoor season, Quarles also took home the MEAC title in the long jump.
In 2017, Madeline Akobundu won the women's long jump in indoor and outdoor in 2017, while Anisa Toppin won indoor and outdoor titles in the triple jump. The 2016-17 season also included Lasheon Strozier qualifying for the NCAA championships in indoor and outdoor track and field. With the help of the N.C. A&T jump events, the Aggies swept all four MEAC track and field championships in 2017 (indoor women, indoor men, outdoor women and outdoor men).
Vance brings with her eight years of experience competing and working with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. She joined the Aggies program after spending the previous three seasons at Bethune-Cookman University. Under head coach Donald Cooper, Vance served as the track and field program's jumps coach in addition to its recruiting coordinator, compliance liaison and travel coordinator. During her tenure at B-CU, she helped to prepare and develop several athletes for the decathlon event. All athletes under Vance's tutelage earned personal-best performances every year.
Prior to joining the B-CU staff, she was an outstanding student-athlete who graduated cum laude from South Carolina State University with a degree in biology. As a collegiate, she held the MEAC indoor track and field pentathlon record for three years starting in 2009, and currently holds the Bulldogs record in the women's 400-meter hurdles.
A member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Vance is also USA Track and Field Level I and Level II Certified in the horizontal and vertical jump events.
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