Jan. 17, 2013
England will work primarily with the Green Wave athletes who participate in the javelin, discus, shot put and hammer throw.
"I'm just thrilled to be able to hire a coach with his level of experience," said Peterson. "One of the things that was really impressive to me was the fact that he has very good knowledge of all of the throws. You don't always find that in candidates."
England is just as excited to be a part of Tulane's track and field program.
"The opportunity to come here and coach with Coach Peterson, Coach (Doug) Fraley, Coach (Hasani) Roseby and everyone else around here is really a dream come true," said England. "I've wanted to come back to the south again, having lived in Alabama and Florida for a major portion of my life."
While coaching again at the NCAA level has been a goal of England's, working for an athletic department that values academics was appealing to the Indianapolis, Ind., native as well.
"I've always been aware of Tulane University's standing as a top academic school, and that fits my philosophy of coaching in that I like to focus on the technical aspects of track and field," added England. "I look forward to helping our athletes become smarter throwers, instead of just stronger throwers."
England has an extensive history as a coach, having made four stops at the NCAA level prior to joining Tulane. He was an assistant track and field coach in charge of the throws and multi events at Auburn and Kansas after serving as a volunteer coach at Villanova and UCF. Throughout his career, England has coached a plethora of very successful athletes, including Vince Labosky - the 1990 USA Track & Field javelin national champion. In addition to Labosky, England has been an integral part of the success of two Junior National Champions, nine conference champions and four NCAA All-Americans.
Off the track, England has a slew of experience in athletic event management having served as the director of the World Throws Organization, the American Big Guys Throwing Team, the Big Guys Camp Series and the first USATF Throws Coaches Summit. He has also been the associate director of the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships, the Kansas Relays, and the USA vs. USSR Summer Games.
No stranger to competition himself, England was a highly decorated member of the Alabama Crimson Tide track and field squad as an undergraduate. During his tenure at Alabama, England was an eight time All-SEC performer. He won the NCAA Division I Shot Put Championship and the SEC Shot Put Championship in 1977, while setting both the indoor and outdoor SEC records for the shot put 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 (due to the USA boycott) - 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.
"I plan on using a lot of my experiences (as an athlete) and my personal contacts to help our kids," stated England. "A lot of the athletes that our kids look up to as role models are guys that I know."
England comes to Tulane after having directed his own company, England and Associates Inc., for the past 17 years. The company designed and built athletic facilities throughout the nation. England and his 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.
"We know Gary will do a great job of developing a strong and deep throwing program to help us become a national contending team here at Tulane," added Peterson.
England received his Bachelor of Fine Arts 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.