July 23, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee director of track and field Beth Alford-Sullivan completed her staff Wednesday with the addition of jumps and multi-events coach Berry Shumpert.
Shumpert, who was a volunteer assistant coach at Tennessee from 2001-2004, is returning to Knoxville after having spent the last two years as the jumps and multi-event coach at Southern California and Purdue.
"It is exciting to complete our staff with our hire of Berry Shumpert," Alford-Sullivan said. "His proven record of success in jumps and multi-events is attractive for what we want to do here at Tennessee and in cracking the code of the SEC and NCAA championships.
"We're excited to bring him back to Tennessee and we are honored to have him as our final piece of the puzzle of our coaching staff."
Shumpert has been successful on 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 coach 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.
"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.