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Coach Mihaela F. Tripon is in her fourth season with the University of Pittsburgh Track and Field teams, being in charge of vertical and horizontal jumps as well as multi events.
Last Season, Coach Tripon guided Janessa Murphy, who was ranked ninth in the region in the long jump, to Big East Conference Indoor, Outdoor and ECAC Indoor titles in that event. She also helped Martina Hallman claim All-Big East honors and a No. 16 ranking in the region after she finished second in the long jump at the indoor conference championships. Eric Jones was also the recipient of recognition from the conference after placing third in the triple jump at the outdoor championships en route to qualifying for the NCAA East Regional Championships. Kendall Butch took fourth place at the Big East Indoor meet in the high jump under the tutelage of Coach Tripon. As the 2006-07 season came to a close, she was responsible for producing eight Big East qualifiers and five ECAC/IC4A qualifiers.
In her second season with the Panthers, Coach Tripon led the team to its second consecutive Big East Outdoor title and fourth consecutive Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) outdoor title. She coached freshman Janessa Murphy to a second-place finish at the conference's indoor championships in the long jump and Martina Hallman to the conference title in that event in the outdoor championships.
Her first year with the Panthers was outstanding. She played a significant role to the women's indoor and outdoor Big East titles and Division I Indoor and Outdoor ECAC Championship titles, as well as a men's seventh-place finish in the Division I IC4A Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish in the Outdoor Championships. For their season's finish, Pitt's coaches were named the 2005 Indoor and Outdoor Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.
She has worked with Tamara McGill - an NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships qualifier, Big East Indoor and Outdoor Conference champion in multi-events as well as the Big East outdoor record-holder in the heptathlon. In addition, her women's jumpers finished second in the Big East Indoor Championships, second and third in the outdoor long jump and third and eighth in the indoor triple jump. Moreover, Coach Tripon prepared freshman Martina Hallman for her first ECAC outdoor title in the triple jump. On the men's side, Coach Tripon contributed to the team's Big East Championships with a fourth-place finish indoor and a fifth-place finish outdoor in the triple jump, along with a seventh-place finish both indoor and outdoor in the long jump.
Coach Tripon came to Pittsburgh after a one-year stay at Morgan State University. In the 2003-04 season, Tripon had six NCAA regional qualifiers in jumps and sprints, the indoor and outdoor men's MEAC high jump champion, seven medalists at the Indoor and Outdoor MEAC Conference Championships and seven ECAC qualifiers.
Coach Tripon assisted California State University's Track and Field team during the 2002-03 season, when she was directly responsible for multi-event and jumps athletes. She assisted in coaching one long jump NCAA national qualifier, five regional qualifiers in jumps and sprints and had the Outdoor Big Ski long jump champion, as well as nine other medalists.
From 1993-2000, Coach Tripon was the men's and women's track and field coach at the Athletic Club in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, earning "Coach of the Year" in 2000. That year she coached three gold medalists at the youth national championships in addition to three record holders in sprints, hurdles and jumps events. She produced twelve medalists at the Indoor and Outdoor Romanian National Championships out of sixteen event qualifiers. Coach Tripon was the Director of Athletic Development in the Club's Board from 1997-00 during her coaching career in Romania, taking on directing and supervising track and field training methodology, curriculum development and the athlete's evaluation.
To add to her extensive work, she helped organize the Romanian Olympic Museum - Cluj branch while a Romanian Olympic Academy member. She directed the Olympic cross country and Photo Exhibition and published several articles on Olympic topics in The Romanian Olympic Magazine.
Coach Tripon graduated with honors on top of her class from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, obtaining her master's degree in science of sport, with an emphasis on sport performance. She is married with Sebastian Tripon - a Romanian track standout. They have a nine year old daughter, Lisa.