Lance Brauman Named as Arkansas Sprints Coach
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Lance Brauman of Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., was named the new Arkansas sprints coach as announced by Arkansas head coach John McDonnell on Monday.
“By winning 10 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) championships, Lance Brauman has done at Barton County what we’ve done at Arkansas,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “He knows how to win and he’s very good in sprints and hurdles. Brauman is a good coach and recruiter. He likes to win and he’ll fit like a glove here, because that’s what we like to do.”
Brauman, 31, served as Barton County Community College’s head track and field coach for five years. Out of a possible 20 national titles to be won in track over those five years, Brauman and his Cougars won 18. He coached the men and women’s programs to four consecutive NJCAA indoor championships, becoming the first college in history to accomplish that feat. Barton’s men also won the outdoor national title from 1998-2001.
In addition, Brauman has been named NJCAA National Coach of the Year a total of 18 times in men and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.
In his seven years of coaching at Barton, Brauman has coached 478 NJCAA indoor and outdoor track All-America performances, 150 NJCAA individual national champions, 14 NJCAA National Athletes of the Year, 24 NJCAA record holders, 69 Barton County record holders, one U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, one Olympian, five U.S. Championship qualifiers and three Junior World Championship qualifiers. Eight of his athletes have registered top 10 times/distances in the world as well as national champions in the United States, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to come to Arkansas and work with a great staff and program,” Brauman said.
During last season, Brauman coached individual national champions in 35 events, including 20 individual events and six relays. He coached 31 indoor All-Americans, which accounted for 53 All-America performances, and coached 30 All-Americans in outdoor track, comprising 54 All-America performers.
Brauman served two years as Barton’s assistant coach prior to taking over Barton’s track and field program in the summer of 1997. Before becoming the assistant coach at Barton County, he was a graduate assistant coach at Auburn University for two years.
Brauman was a long jumper for the Tigers before moving into the coaching field. He graduated from Auburn in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and completed a master’s of science degree in exercise science at Auburn in 1996. He is originally from Palatka, Fla.
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