NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's and women's track program and the Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough have announced the hiring of new associate head coach Whitney Fountain.
Fountain arrives at TSU after coaching the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech for the last three seasons, playing a pivotal role in TTU's indoor/outdoor sweep of the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference track and field championships – the first two titles in school history. She also helped guide the Golden Eagles to a second-straight indoor title at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in 2019.
"I feel excited and ready to help Coach Cheeseborough and the coaching staff take this team to new heights," said Fountain. "Earning a coaching position at TSU is an honor to me. I will enjoy and embrace all the history Tennessee State University has to offer."
"It’s an added bonus that TSU is an HBCU," said Fountain. "Having the opportunity to coach, mentor and lead young adults that come from similar backgrounds as me is an exciting and beautiful thing. I’m not too far removed from being in their position of student-athlete; therefore, I can relate to and guide them the best way I know how, to help mold them into great individuals on and off the track."
Prior to working in Cookeville, Fountain had a stint on the coaching staff at Clemson University, her alma mater.
"As for my coaching philosophy, I am a firm believer that along with talent, it takes trust, hard work ethic, resilience, drive and purpose to be the best you," exclaimed Fountain.
Prior to coaching, she was a highly decorated athlete for the Tigers’ track and field team, as she was a two-time All-American and a six-time All-ACC honoree, highlighted by league titles in both the heptathlon and the pentathlon. Fountain graduated from Clemson with a degree in sociology in December 2014, and was a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
In high school, she was the New York state record holder in the heptathlon, pentathlon and the indoor 200-meter dash. She was the 2010 USA Junior bronze medalist in the heptathlon and was the silver medalist in both the 55 and 200 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships.