Black History Month began Feb. 1, 2012, and will be celebrated through the end of the month, ending Feb. 29, 2012. The University of Arkansas Athletics Department begins its fourth year or recognizing the accomplishments of current and former Razorback student-athletes as well as other prominent students, faculty and staff with its web series on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. This year, the web series will feature stories of former Razorback student-athletes who have gone on to coaching positions in universities or colleges around the state and country. In addition, the series will recognize four Silas Hunt honorees.
During her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas, Elisha Brewer made a stamp on the program as one of the most decorated sprinters and hurdlers in school history. The Fort Smith, Ark., native lettered for Arkansas from 1995-98, was a 1998 indoor All-American at 55 meters, set-and still owns-two school records and collected 11 (seven indoor and four outdoor) event titles.
Brewer is currently in her eighth year as an assistant coach for the University of Kansas track and field team. She has translated her outstanding talents on the track to being the sprints and hurdles coach for the Jayhawks.
More than a decade after her running days in Fayetteville, Brewer’s name is still prominent throughout Arkansas’ records book. She still owns the school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.98, the only hurdler in school history to post a dip below 13 seconds in the event. Brewer is also part of the shuttle-hurdle relay team that set the school record of 54.23 at Penn Relays in 1998.
In addition to her school records, Brewer is tied for the third-fastest time at 60 meters in school history at 7.26, has the fifth-fastest time over 100 meters at 11.29 and owns the No. 3 time by a Razorback in the outdoor 200 meters at 23.31. Along with her school record in the 100-meter hurdles, Brewer has three of the top-five marks in school history in her signature event.
Following her collegiate career, she graduated from Arkansas in 1998 with a degree in communications. Brewer stayed part of the Razorbacks as a graduate assistant strength coach and an academic counselor. In May 2001, she earned her master’s degree from Arkansas in counselor education.
Now in her eighth season with Kansas, Brewer has coached her student-athletes to 16 All-America honors and overseen nine school records set during her tenure. Prior to her time at Kansas, Brewer spent three seasons (2001-04) as the sprints and hurdles coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Brewer will be trackside this weekend in Fayetteville as Kansas is scheduled to run at the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or the University of Arkansas’ Black History Month web series, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.