(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans athletic director Dr. Michael Giorlando has announced that Matt Shelton will be the interim head coach for the Loyola men’s and women’s track and field teams for the rest of the 2014 season.
Shelton was previously the assistant coach for the Wolf Pack track and field team primarily working with the sprinters, jumpers, throwers, and multi-event student athletes. He is in his second season serving as Loyola’s assistant coach.
“We are pleased that Coach Shelton has agreed to take over as interim head track coach; we think this will make for a smooth transition as we head into the second half of our track season,” said Dr. Giorlando.
Prior to coming to Loyola, Shelton operated Shelton’s Speed-Strength-Enhancement in New Orleans and Pittsburgh, where he had the opportunity to coach a 2000 Olympic sprinter and a 2003 runner up in the World Championships. He has also served as an assistant track and field coach at William & Mary from 2003 until 2004. Shelton was also an assistant track and field coach along with physical education instructor at Duke University from 1999 until 2001. He spent three years at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he was a strength and conditioning coach as well as an assistant track and field coach.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in economics and a minor in sports management and health education, Shelton ran for four seasons with the Vols, earning three All-American honors, all in the decathlon. Setting the NCAA and Olympic trials decathlon 400m record (47.08), and the same mark in the SEC (47.44), Shelton was an integral part of the Vols’ 1991 NCAA Championship, 1992 NCAA Runner-up, and 1993 NCAA third place seasons. In 1993, he placed third in the Decathlon at the NCAA Championships.
Shelton assumes the helm as head coach Andy Canegitta resigned to take the position of head coach at the University of Mobile. The Rams will begin competition in track and field in the spring of 2015.
The Wolf Pack track teams will return to action March 29th at the Tulane Invitational.