|Position:||Assistant Coach - Vertical Jumps, Combined Events, Men's Hurdles|
|Alma Mater:||Gardner-Webb University|
Jerel Langley comes to OU from the University of Miami where he served as an assistant coach for the Hurricanes for three years. His student-athletes earned seven All-America honors, including four first-team honors in the pole vault. He was part of a coaching staff that led Miami to the 2016 ACC Indoor Conference title.
Langley coached three ACC champions and 17 All-ACC honorees. He also saw his athletes set seven school records and earn All-ACC academic honors three times. He had 11 NCAA East prelim qualifiers. His athletes set the Canadian national record in the women’s pole vault. He had athletes participate in the Olympic Trials in the U.S. and Canada.
Additionally, Langley managed equipment orders for the program as well as academic tracking, admissions and eligibility center for all prospective student-athletes and incoming freshmen.
His first coaching job came at Eastern Michigan where he worked with the throws and pole vault, combined events and vertical jumpers his first two years on the staff. He took on the oversight of all field events in 2013. He was on a staff that produced the 2011 MAC Indoor team champions and the MAC runners-up in the outdoor championship in 2011 and the indoor meet in 2013.
He coached two All-Americans, four MAC champions, five MAC runners-up, five school record holders and six NCAA East prelim qualifiers in his three years. He coached the 2013 Pan-Am Junior champion in the pole vault. That vaulter set the Pan-Am meet record as well as the Canadian Indoor and Outdoor Junior National record. His student-athletes earned 16 Academic All-MAC honors in addition to earning United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association academic honors.
In addition to his collegiate stars, Langley coached 2016 Canadian Olympian Alysha Newman in the pole vault.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2008 from Gardner-Webb University and added a master’s degree in applied exercise and health science in 2012 from Kennesaw State University. As a student-athlete, Langley was part of a team that won the 2006 Atlantic Sun outdoor men’s title. Langley earned All-East region honors in the javelin in 2008 and was named to the 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic team. He was a two-time NCAA East region finalist, a two-time East regional qualifier and earned All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors four times. He held the conference record in the javelin and was a three-time Atlantic Sun All-Academic honoree.
Following graduation, Langley served as a graduate assistant coach at Kennesaw State, working with pole vault, javelin and combined event entries. As the recruiting coordinator, he was the initial contact for recruits and helped add a national champion from the Bahamas, five Nike Outdoor national participants and one Nike Outdoor All-American. He helped the team win the 2010 indoor and outdoor Atlantic Sun men’s team titles. He coached five conference champions, 15 all-conference honorees and 12 school record holders.
He served as an intern in the strength and conditioning area for Clemson during thesummer before his senior year. He is a United States Track and Field level 1 certified coach and is working toward level 2 certification.
He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Jaxon, and a daughter, Aubrey.