Former NCAA Shot Put Champion returns to college ranks
Gary England is in his first year with the Tulane Green Wave track and field program. England comes to Tulane with a wealth of coaching experience after a highly decorated NCAA career - including a NCAA Championship performance in the shot put in 1977 - at Alabama.
England has a slew of coaching experience at the NCAA level, where he has made four stops. At Auburn, he was assistant track and field coach in charge of the throws and the multi events. England served in the same capacity at Kansas, where he coached USATF National Champion Vince Labosky to the javelin championship. England also had short stays at Villanova University and at the University of Central Florida as a volunteer coach. Throughout his career, England has coached a USATF National Champion, two Junior National Champions, nine conference champions as well as four NCAA All-Americans.
England attended the University of Alabama as an undergraduate, where he became a highly decorated member of the Crimson Tide track and field squad. During his tenure at Alabama, England was an eight time All-SEC performer. He won the NCAA Division I Championship in 1977, as well as the SEC Shot Put Championship in 1977 and set both the indoor and outdoor SEC records during the same season. Changing events after taking silver at the inaugural US Olympic Festival - as well as qualifying for the ill-fated 1980 Olympic Trials - he became a member of the 1982 US Olympic Festival team and qualified for the 1984 Olympic Trials in the javelin. As a masters athlete he won five USA shot put championships, one discus championship and one weight pentathlon championship. He topped those off with World Master Championship wins in the weight Pentathlon and shot put.
England's experience in athletic event management includes serving as the Director of The First USATF Throws Coaches Summit, Director of the World Throws Organization, Director of the American Big Guys Throwing Team and Big Guys Camp Series, Associate Director of the SEC Track and Field Championships, the Kansas Relays, and the USA vs. USSR Summer Games.
For the last 17 years, England has directed his own company, England and Associates Inc., which designed and built athletic facilities throughout the nation. The company also coached many high school and open athletes who would go on to receive scholarships to compete in conferences from the SEC to the Big 12.
England received his BFA at the University of Alabama in 1988. His wife, Deborah, was a member of a Canadian Synchronized Ice Skating Team that won the World Junior Championships. They have one daughter, Brittany, who is also a competitive skater.