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NCAA Championship
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NCAA South Central Regional
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SEC Championship
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Bryan Compton
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Angelo State
Graduating Year: 1989
Phone: 479-575-7591
Email: bcompton@uark.edu
Bryan Compton
Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations

      Joining the Lady Razorbacks in the fall of 1998, Bryan Compton has proven to Arkansas that he was an invaluable addition for its coaching staff.  In seven years of working with the Lady Razorback throwers and vaulters, Compton’s athletes have set 10 school records a total of 50 times, not including numerous heptathlon marks.

      Compton’s expertise in the vault is his greatest contribution to the Arkansas attack.  Over the past four seasons, his vaulters have literally reached new heights.  April Steiner, a novice in the event, transferred to Arkansas from junior college as a 12-foot vaulter and became the first woman in Southeastern Conference history to clear 13 feet indoors while setting the conference record in 2001.  In 2003 she was named all-American for the third straight indoor season and broke her own school record by clearing 14-3 1/4 at the NCAA Championships to finish third.

      In Compton’s first year, he coached former Lady’Back Tali Griner to a second-place finish in the indoor pole vault at the SEC Championships with a then-impressive vault of 11-9.  Griner also scored at the SEC Outdoor Championships that season with Israeli national records in the event both indoors and out.  Compton’s first season also saw a pair of Lady Razorbacks place in the hammer throw outdoors and another protege, Monica Ballow, finish third in the weight throw.

      Compton came to Arkansas from Wichita State, where he served as assistant track coach in charge of throws.  Over three years with the Shockers, Compton coached five all-Americans who garnered a total of eight honors.

      Not only has Compton been an accomplished coach over the past 16-plus years, but he was also a good athlete in his own right.  A varsity track athlete at Angelo State, Compton was a national qualifier for the Division II national championships in both 1983 and 84 in the long jump and the sprint relay.  Compton earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and biology from Angelo State in 1985.  Compton has a son, Austin, who is seven.


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