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Head coach Alonzo Webb has proven that the Pitt track and field team is a brand that will compete year in and year out on the national stage.
In Pitt's first two years in the ACC, Webb has produced five different All-Americans who have combined to receive 17 All-America accolades and has had 20 of his athletes qualify for NCAA's.
First Team All-America Accolades while in the ACC (Eight Total):
Micah Murray – 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Indoor)
Carvin Nkanata – 200 Meter Dash (2014 Indoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Indoor)
Desmond Palmer – 400mH (2015 Outdoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Indoor)
Brycen Spratling – 400 Meter Dash (2014 Indoor, 2014 Outdoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Indoor)
Second Team All-America Accolades while in the ACC (Seven Total):
Micah Murray – 400 Meter Dash (2014 Indoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2015 Outdoor)
Carvin Nkanata – 200 Meter Dash (2014 Outdoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Outdoor)
Desmond Palmer – 400mH (2014 Outdoor); 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Outdoor)
Brycen Spratling – 4x400 Meter Relay (2014 Outdoor)
Honorable Mention All-America Accolades while in the ACC (Two Total):
Evann Thompson – 400mH (2014 Outdoor; 2015 Outdoor)
Coach Webb has also guided his student-athletes to four ACC titles in Pitt’s first two years in the league.
Desmond Palmer – 400mH (2015 Outdoor – School record 49.41)
Carvin Nkanata – 200 Meter Dash (2014 Indoor, 2014 Outdoor)
Brycen Spratling – 400 Meter Dash (2014 Outdoor)
Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay (Murray, Nkanata, Palmer, Spratling, 2014 Indoor)
Most impressively, in Pitt’s first season in the ACC, the Panthers were just one of four team in the country to produce multiple athletes (Nkanata and Spratling) who claimed more than one First Team All-American honors in the 2014 indoor season, along with Oregon, Arkansas and Notre Dame.
In the 2014 outdoor season, the men’s 4x400 meter relay team solidified themselves as one of the best teams in program history when they won the 4x400 meter relay at the 2014 Penn Relays, something Pitt had not done in exactly 75 years.
Coach Webb guided Brycen Spratling to 10 All-America honors while at Pitt, and now Spratling holds two world record (500 meter dash, DMR) running for Team USA.
For Nkanata, Webb helped him achieve eight All-America accolades in just two years as a Panthers, and he is now enjoying a very productive professional career running for Kenya.
CAREER ACCOLADES AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Named the United States Track Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic District Coach of the Year in 2003, and repeated that honor in 2004 and 2005 to become one of only two coaches in the country to achieve that distinction.
In a vote by the Big East coaches, was elected to serve as President to the Big East Track and Field Championship and Competition Committee for 2006 after serving as Vice President from ’04-‘06.
Coached the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships. Webb was able to coach Pitt student-athlete Julianna Reed to a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.
Served as Youth Chair of the Three Rivers Association USATF and meet director of numerous associations, regional and Junior Olympic meets.
COACHING AT KENT STATE:
Joined Kent State University in 1999 as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000.
Served three years as Kent State University’s associate head coach, helping to direct the program to two Mid-American Conference track and field championships.
The title was the program’s first conference title in 25 years.
In the 2002 outdoor season the Golden Flashes’ women’s team won its first MAC title ever.
During his final two years, Webb's athletes achieved 16 school records, 14 MAC titles, two All-America citations, two MAC records, four NCAA provisional qualifying performances and two NCAA automatic qualifying performances.
BEFORE KENT STATE:
Served as head track and field coach and interim cross country coach at Woodland Hills High.
While at Woodland Hills, coached former University of Pittsburgh players Lousaka Polite (javelin) and Shawntae Spencer (long jump), both finalists at the ’99 Pennsylvania State Championship meet and current NFL players.
Has also been active on the club level and served as the head coach and president of the River City Elite Track Club in Pittsburgh from 1993-99.
The club won 33 national AAU Junior Olympic medals, the most of any club in the country in 1999.
Among the athletes he tutored was Cassy Richards, who was Track & Field News' No. 1-ranked women's high school indoor long jumper and also set a sophomore class national record in that event.
Overall, has compiled over 30 years of track and field coaching experience on collegiate, club, high school and junior high levels.
Webb earned his bachelor's degree in art from Western Michigan in 1979.
Webb and his wife Noel have four children: Tanisha, Crystal, Justin and Alonzo III. His son Alonzo is currently an assistant coach for the Panthers track and field program. He also has four grandchildren Dejuan, Terrance, Tearra and Cailah.
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