Tara Myrick was named assistant track and field coach at Tennessee State University prior to the 2013-14 seasons. Myrick will be in charge of both the men's and women's sprinters and assist in other day-to-day operations.
Before joining the TSU staff, Myrick coached at fellow Ohio Valley Conference institution South East Missouri State for five seasons. She coached 17 athletes to All-OVC performances in the sprint events, four OVC Freshmen of the Year, a pair of OVC Championship MVPs and one Athlete of the Year.
Prior to her stint at Southeast Missouri, Myrick was an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock where she coached the Trojans sprinters and hurdlers. Under her guidance, the Trojans had their first women's track and field athlete qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Regional since 2005. In 2008, she coached two more athletes who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Mideast Regional.
Myrick, a native of New York City, began her coaching career at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey where she spent two seasons. She assisted in the training and conditioning for sprints, hurdles, and jumps as well as planned and conducted practices.
At Essex, she coached 16 national champions and 14 All-Americans. The 2007 ECC women's team won the NJCAA Division I national championship.
A NAIA, NJCAA, and NCAA All-American and honorable mention All-American sprinter, Myrick was a member of the 1996 NAIA Outdoor Championships team at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Myrick received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1999 and her M.B.A. in Business Administration in 2002 from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.