|Position:||Assistant Coach - Sprints, Hurdles and Relays|
Katherine Hoskins, who previously served as assistant track and field coach at McNeese State, enters her first year with the Sooner coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. Hoskins joined the coaching staff at McNeese in the fall of 2014 after a year as an assistant coach at the University of Texas. She also has served as an assistant coach and interim head coach for track and field at the University of New Orleans.
At McNeese, Hoskins was the head sprints coach for the men and women. Her sprinters led the way in points scored for both the men and women at the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference championships. She coached the 2015 conference champions in the women’s outdoor 400-meter relay, the women’s outdoor 100-meter and the women’s outdoor long jump. She also coached the runner-up in the women’s indoor 60 dash and outdoor 100-meter hurdle, as well as the third-place finisher in the women’s indoor 60-meter hurdles and the outdoor 100-meter dash.
One of her sprinters, Simone Johnson, won the high point total award for women at the outdoor meet and was named Outstanding Female Runner for the Southland Conference after the 2015 meet. Johnson won the 100-meter dash, the long jump and was on the winning 400-meter relay. She also finished fourth in the 200 meters. Two of Hoskins’ athletes qualified for the NCAA East Prelims.
Hoskins brings a wide variety of successful coaching experience to OU. At UNO, she helped bring the program back to a competitive level after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina wiped out the UNO Athletics Department. She helped build a recruiting class of 53 student-athletes, including 19 who ranked in the top 10 nationally and internationally, for the reinstated program. She was the primary coach for the men’s and women’s sprints, hurdles and distance events. After nine months as an assistant coach, she served three months as the interim head coach for UNO.
She left UNO for an assistant coach position at Texas. While with the Longhorns, she worked with the associate head coach, coaching the sprints, hurdles and relays, and managed the program’s recruiting data base. While she was a part of the UT staff, the Longhorns won the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Championships and finished as the runner-up in the women’s indoor and outdoor NCAA meets.
Hoskins started her collegiate competitive career at Dallas Baptist University where she was an All-American before suffering a career-ending injury. She transferred to West Texas A&M and earned her bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise sciences with an emphasis in sports psychology. She then earned a master’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M.
While at A&M, she served as a volunteer coach, aiding in the administration of offseason training for all athletes in cross country and distance events and the men’s sprints. She also helped with meet management, team travel and on-campus recruiting efforts. It was at Texas A&M that she first worked with current Sooner head coach Jim VanHootegem.