Jerome Romain recently completed his fifth season as the jumps coach at the University of Tennessee. A former University of Arkansas All-American in the triple jump, the one-time SEC standout works with the Vols and Lady Vols in the long, triple and high jumps.
In 2014, two of Romain's athletes leapt into the NCAA East Regional field. Senior Allison Outerbridge was UT's triple jump leader posted a career-best distance of 42 feet, 7 inches (12.98m), which ranked 28th nationally and seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Freshman Felecia Majors also reached the regional, doing so in the long jump. Her best jump (19-11.75/6.09m) was 17th in the SEC and top 50 in the region.
He coached his first All-American at UT in 2011, helping Justin Hunter leap to an eighth-place finish and national honors in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor meet. The rookie standout carded a UT indoor freshman record of 26-1 1/2 along the way and was fifth indoors and seventh outdoors at the SEC level despite playing football for the Vols during the season and spring drills. Hunter also stands No. 3 all-time on UT's indoor performers list with the previously-mentioned mark.
Romain also worked with Lady Vols Ellen Wortham, a seven-time SEC scorer in the long jump, high jump and the pentathlon, and SEC scorer Kia Jackson. Wortham also garnered All-American acclaim in the pentathlon in 2011, taking eighth at the NCAA Indoor meet, and finished second and fourth at the SEC Indoors and Outdoors Championship, respectively. Wortham posted career bests at both meets.
In 2010, Vol Desmond Brown emerged as one of the SEC's best in the long jump under Romain's tutelage, snaring fifth at the league's outdoor meet with a leap of 25-9 1/4 while taking seventh indoors. Tyler Stepp added an eighth-place result in the high jump at 6-8 3/4.
For the Lady Vols in 2010, Romain helped Jackson pop a personal best of 19-8 in the long jump to place fifth at SEC Indoors. He also coached long jump and high jump for Wortham, who netted fourth place in the pentathlon at the league indoor meet.
Romain came to Knoxville after spending four seasons as assistant coach for jumps and multi-events for the Brown University Bears. During his tenure at the Providence, R.I., school, he produced an All-American and six NCAA regional qualifiers for the Ivy League program, and saw those athletes chart three school records and 23 different top-10 BU field events performances.
While he was at Brown, Romain earned the honor of coaching the track & field team for the Caribbean island nation of Dominica at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also helmed the country's national team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.
Prior to his move to the East Coast, Romain spent four years as a volunteer coach at the University of Wisconsin. During his stint in Madison, he produced six individual Big Ten champions and four NCAA qualifiers. Romain's student-athletes additionally helped the Badgers win four Big Ten titles while he was there.
In addition to his collegiate and international coaching experience, Romain draws from a personal history as a world-class jumper. He was a finalist at the 1996 Olympic Games and a four-time World Championships finalist in the triple jump while competing for Dominica. In 1995, as the world's fourth ranked triple jumper, he claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the Pan American Games.
Additionally, Romain won gold medals in the triple jump at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in 1995 and 1997 and was a silver medalist in 1995 in the long jump.
As a collegian, Romain was a five-time national champion at Blinn (Texas) Junior College and a five-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, where he was the NCAA runner-up in the triple jump on three occasions and served as team captain in 1995. His personal bests include 57-8 1/2 in the triple jump and 26-7 1/4 in the long jump.
Romain set the SEC Outdoor meet record in the triple jump in 1995 at 56-0 1/2. He remains ranked on the Razorbacks' all-time top-10 list outdoors at No. 4 and indoors at No. 5.
Romain earned an associate's degree in science from Blinn in May 1993, a bachelor's in kinesiology/athletic training from Arkansas in May 1996 and a master's in kinesiology/exercise science from UA in 2000. He also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Among the academic honors he earned as a collegian were GTE Academic All-America First Team in 1995, SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1995, UA Dean's List from 1994-96 and the Arthur Ashe Jr. award in 1994-95.
Additionally, he was a member of the Kappa Delta Phi education honor society and spent time while pursuing his master's as an academic advisor to soccer and track & field student-athletes at UA.
Romain and his wife, Monika, have three daughters.
- Produced his first All-America jumper at UT, helping Justin Hunter fashion an eighth-place finish in the long jump at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships.
- Hunter landed a UT indoor freshman record and is the school's No. 3 all-time indoor performer in the long jump at 26-1 1/2.
- Romain's SEC scorers in the jumps have included Lady Vols Ellen Wortham (long jump and high jump) and Kia Jackson (long jump), and Vols Justin Hunter (long jump), Desmond Brown (long jump) and Tyler Stepp (high jump).
- Coached jumps at Brown University from 2005-09, producing an All-American and six regional qualifiers for the Ivy League school.
- His athletes at BU charted three school records and 23 different top-10 field events performances.
- Was chosen to lead the Caribbean island nation of Dominica at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and also helmed his country's national team at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil.
- Coached four years at the University of Wisconsin, tallying six individual Big Ten champions and four NCAA qualifiers.
- Helped the Badgers win four Big Ten team titles.
- 1996 Olympic qualifier in the triple jump and 1995 IAAF World Championships bronze medalist and Pan Am Games silver medalist in that event.
- Five-time All-American and served as team captain at Arkansas, setting an SEC Outdoor record in the triple jump in 1995 at 56-0 1/2.
- Five-time national champion at Blinn (Texas) Junior College.
- Career bests as a competitor include 57-8 1/2 in the triple jump and 26-7 1/4 in the long jump.
- GTE Academic All-America First Team in 1995.
- Winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award in 1994-95.