Nov. 17, 2011
PITTSBURGH-Head track and field coach Alonzo Webb announced the hiring of two coaches, as Chip Brundage and Alonzo Webb III join his staff for the 2011-12 season.
Brundage and Webb III join Assistant Coach for Distance Clinton Bell, Assistant Coach for Sprints and Hurdles Kia Davis along with Coordinator of Track and Field Operations Darryl Weston.
Brundage will guide Pitt's throwers while Alonzo Webb III was promoted from his role as a volunteer coach to being named an assistant coach for jumps and multi events.
"Coach Brundage is a student of his sport and has a lot of passion for it," Webb said. "He translates his love of the sport to his athletes and he has the same philosophy the rest of our staff has. He wants to be at the highest level and coach the best kids and is willing to do what he needs to do, including working as hard to be at that level."
Brundage comes to Pitt from Troy University where he served as the throws coach for three seasons and accumulated an extensive list of accomplishments.
"I'm very excited to join Pitt's track and field staff," Brundage said. "Coach Webb is highly respected in the coaching community. He has a great winning tradition and that's what I wanted to be a part of."
Under Brundage, nine school records fell, his athletes won three individual Sun Belt titles and seven qualified for the NCAA Regional Championship. He also coached Tiphanie Baker to the eighth farthest throw in the country two years ago in women's discus while coaching the 10th
farthest throw in the men's javelin last season.
Before coaching at Troy, Brundage worked at Drake University as the Assistant Track and Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator from 2005-08. At Drake he guided two conference scorers to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, signed the top recruiting class in school history and helped the Bulldogs earn six Team Academic All-American honors.
A 1999 graduate from Simpson College, Brundage holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education and coaching. He was an All-American during his sophomore and junior seasons and was named the team MVP three times. He also played football and was a First Team All-Conference selection at defensive end as a junior.
"Pitt's throwers are a great group of kids who like to work hard, which is the key to success," Brundage said. "We need to make sure everyone stays healthy and on the right track. We are going to do very well this season."
Webb III, an active member of the Pitt track and field team from 2006-10, officially joins the Panthers staff after serving as a volunteer coach dating back to last season.
"Alonzo brings a wealth of experience because he's been in track and field all his life," Webb said. "Even when he was here as a student-athlete he would help the coaches if he was injured. The respect that they gave him then as well as last year as a volunteer assistant was great. All of his athletes qualified for the Big East Championships last year."
A 2010 Pitt graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a related area in Africana studies, Webb participated in the high jump and long jump events during his career as a Panther.
"Being named a coach at Pitt means a lot to me," Webb III said. "Being a part of this program is special because I'm from Pittsburgh and I love this University and the sport of track and field."