Garfield Ellenwood II was named an assistant coach for the North Carolina A&T track and field programs by director of track and field programs Duane Ross on September 20, 2016. Ellenwood will be responsible for N.C. A&T’s women's short-sprinters and hurdlers. Ellenwood has a long record of success during his expansive coaching career. In 15 years, Ellenwood has coached 13 NCAA Division I first-team All-Americans and three national champions, one of which was a three-time champion in the sprint hurdles.
Before starting his coaching stint at N.C. A&T, Ellenwood spent two years at Mississippi State (2011-13), where he coached 13 All-SEC performers, 12 NCAA east regional qualifiers and 10 NCAA final-round qualifiers.
Prior to his time at Mississippi State, he led the Bethune-Cookman women's and men's track and field programs. Under his leadership, the 4x100 women's relay team became the first female B-CU student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships when they qualified in 2008. The same year, Ronnie Ash finished third in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA championships. In 2009, Ellenwood led a school-record 11 student-athletes to the NCAA championships while coaching Ash to the 2009 indoor and outdoor Division I national championships in the 60 and 110-meter hurdles.
Before B-CU, Ellenwood had a two-year stay at UNLV as an assistant. The Runnin’ Rebels women’s program became competitive nationally during his time there. Ashley Owens was the 60-meter NCAA runner up in 2006 under Ellenwood, and Christine Spence earned three combined NCAA first-team All-American honors during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Halima DeCree also earned first-team All-American honors.
Ellenwood also spent two seasons at Campbell University (Buies Creek, N.C.) as an assistant sprints and jumps coach. Eric Bergemann captured Campbell’s first-ever NCAA Division I All-American honor in the high jump under Ellenwood’s leadership in 2002. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Essex County College in Newark, N.J. In his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., Ellenwood coached track and field athletes including volunteering at Southwest Area Neighborhood and the National Youth Sports Program.
International coaching is also a part of Ellenwood’s experience. He coached Ash in the 110mh and Eric Cray, who was competing for the Philippines, in the 400mh at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He also led Jeff Porter to two Olympic Games -- 2012 and '16 -- in the 100mh. Ellenwood also led two Team USA Beijing World Championship team members, Ash and Sharika Nelvis, to No. 9 and No. 2 world rankings in the 110mh and 100mh respectively. Gloria Asumnu finished fifth in the 60m at the 2012 Indoor World Championship. Four years earlier, Angela Williams won the 2008 60m Indoor World Championship title.
In 2005, he served as an assistant coach at the World Junior Championships in Windsor, Canada. He guided athletes to six gold medals as an assistant for sprints, hurdles and relays. A total of 17 medalists reached the awards stand for Team USA in Windsor. Also in 2005, Ellenwood served as an assistant coach for the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey for the men’s U.S. team. Ellenwood was named head coach of the Liberian National and 2008 Beijing Olympic team.
During his collegiate career, Ellenwood was an All-America athlete at Seton Hall, where he set the Big East and Seton Hall record in the 55-meter dash, as well as finishing third in the event in the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Ellenwood won five Big East titles and was a three-time All-American. Ellenwood used his speed to also compete for the Arena 2 Football League’s Rochester Brigade in 2001.
Ellenwood and his wife, the former Joyce Harris, have two children – daughter Diamond and son Chadwick.