Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips has announced the promotion of Tigerbelles head coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice to Director of Track and Field over the men and women's programs.
Cheeseborough-Guice will supervise and direct the day-to-day operations for the Tigerbelles and Flying Tigers track and field teams. It will be the first time in TSU Athletic history that one coach will head both programs.
The announcement comes after the departure of men's head coach Kelly Carter who resigned after accepting an assistant coach position at Middle Tennessee State in nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn.
"When Coach Carter left for another opportunity, we looked at other models for men and women's track and field programs in the conference and nationally," Phillips, TSU Director of Athletics, commented. "We recognized that we had an individual who had a reputation nationally, as well as internationally, already on staff, and who could coach both men and women. Coach Cheeseborough was excited at the possibility and we see it as a "win-win" for both programs."
Coach Cheeseborough-Guice has coached the women's team since 1994 leading the program to six Ohio Valley Conference championship titles. The crowns include wins in 2001 (outdoor), 2002 (indoor and outdoor), 2003 (indoor), and 2008 (indoor and outdoor). She is also a four-time OVC Coach of the Year and in 1999 served as the interim men's coach during the summer while monitoring recruitment until the hiring of Sanford Strong that year.
"I'm excited about the new position and think both programs are headed in the right direction. A lot of programs across the country are combining both programs and I think it's a benefit based on the savings in budget," said Cheeseborough-Guice. "It will help the program strengthen recruiting efforts. I also expect the change to build unity among the teams and in years to come, I would like to see both teams win the OVC Championship together."
In 2011, the Tigerbelles finished fifth (indoor) and seventh (outdoor) in the team rankings at the OVC Track and Field Championships. For the Flying Tigers, they concluded the indoor and outdoor championships in fourth place.
Cheeseborough-Guice has built a strong reputation among the track and field collegiate and international coaching ranks.
In 2008, she was named the sprints coach for the 2008 USA Team that competed in the Beijing, China Olympics. USA captured 23 medals which included 10-gold, eight-silver, and 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 events 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.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Cheeseborough-Guice is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. A former student-athlete and TSU Tigerbelle, she competed under legendary and world renowned women's track and field coach Ed Temple.