Berry  Shumpert

Berry Shumpert

Position:
Assistant Coach (Jumps/Multi)

Berry Shumpert, who was a volunteer assistant coach at Tennessee from 2001-2004, is in the second season of his return to Knoxville. He spent the previous two seasons as the jumps and multi-event coach at Southern California and Purdue.

In 2014, Shumpert coached Wesley Edwards to an eighth-place finish in the high jump at the SEC Indoor Championships. Edwards was the first UT scorer in the event since 2010.

Shumpert has been successful on the team and individual levels during his 17-year college coaching career. In addition to working at Southern California and Purdue, he has also coached at Coastal Carolina, Miami and Radford. He served as associate head at Coastal Carolina from 2006-12, helping lead the team to eight Big South Conference titles.

Last season at Southern California, he coached Viktor Fajoyomi to a seventh-place finish in the decathlon at the NCAA outdoor championships. USC's men finished fourth and the women were 16th in the final team standings.

In 2013 at Purdue, Geoff Davis took bronze in the high jump at the NCAA outdoor meet and was fifth at the NCAA indoor meet.

"I am extraordinarily excited about coming home to Tennessee," Shumpert said. "I met my wife here, I got married here, my first daughter was born in Tennessee. It's really exciting to come back. What's more exciting is coming to work with someone of Coach Beth's caliber. she's been successful every place she's been."

Shumpert's family is now larger in his return to Tennessee. He and his wife, Melinda, now have three daughters: Naomi, Mikayla and Lydia. Shumpert earned his master's degree in sport management and Melinda graduated from veterinary school from UT.

During his three years at Tennessee, he helped coach one NCAA champion, 13 All-Americans and nine All-SEC performers. He worked with Tianna Madison, who went on to sweep the 2005 NCAA indoor and outdoor championships and the 2005 Outdoor World Championship in the long jump.

Alford-Sullivan's staff is now complete and includes: Tim Hall (sprints), Zach Glavash (sprints), John Newell (throws), Rodney Stoker (distance) and Barbara Powers (director of operations).

"My role is to assist in bringing the vision of head coach to fruition and returning the team to the podium," Shumpert said. "Looking at the staff, there are a lot of great people here. Tim Hall is one of the best sprints coaches in the country and Zach Glavash is a high-energy guy. I'm looking forward to working with that power group and complimenting what they do with the sprinters."

Shumpert has earned a number of coaching awards during his coaching tenure. While at Miami, he was the 2005 and 2006 National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was the 2008 NCAA South East Region Coach of the Year at Coastal Carolina.

He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing at Alabama A&M, where he earned all-conference honors in the long jump and triple jump.

After graduation, Shumpert coached a pair of Alabama high schools to state titles: Blount High School in 1994 and J.O. Johnson High School in 1996. He worked as an assistant coach Coastal Carolina and Radford from from 1997-01.

 

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