Director of Track and Field
Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, one of the legendary standouts in United States track and field history, serves as the Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Tennessee State University.
Cheeseborough-Guice returned to her alma mater to serve as head coach of TSU's women's track and field program 1994 and was elevated to her current role as Director of Track and Field in June of 2011.
She has led the track and field program to nine Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championships. The titles including: 2001 (outdoor), 2002 (indoor and outdoor), 2003 (indoor), 2008 (indoor and outdoor), 2014 (indoor), 2015 (outdoor) and 2016 (indoor) crowns. She is also a nine-time OVC Coach of the Year.
During the summer of 2015, the TSU graduate helped guide Team USA as an assistant coach at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Cheeseborough-Guice worked directly with the women’s sprinters and hurdlers, who took home 10 of the team’s 41 medals at the games.
In 2008, Cheeseborough-Guice was named the sprinter's coach for the 2008 USA Team that competed in the Beijing, China Olympics. USA captured 23 medals which included 10 gold, eight silver, five bronze medals.
In 2009, she served as the women's head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. At the IAAF under Cheeseborough, the team collected 22 medals overall, winning more than any other country to dominate the placing table with 231 points. Team USA registered 10 gold, six silver and six bronze medals along with several outstanding performances.
As an athlete she was named to three United States Olympic teams. She placed sixth as a 17-year old in the 100-meter dash in Montreal (1976). She qualified for the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team that did not compete because of a boycott. In 1984, at the Los Angeles games, she made Olympic history by running a leg on two gold-medal relay teams and was the silver medalist in the 400-meters.
Cheeseborough-Guice emerged on the scene in 1975 at age 16, where she won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash in the Pan American Games with a world junior record of 22.77 seconds. She also won the TAC 100-meter championship in a time of 11.13.
She then joined the summer track and field program at Tennessee State University as a high school junior and senior and competed as a member of the TSU Track Club under legendary coach Edward S. Temple.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she is a graduate of Ribault High School. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education.