Edrick Floreal Named Director of Track & Field/Cross Country

Aug. 16, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Edrick Floreal, who has spearheaded a resurgence of the Stanford track & field program, has been promoted to Director of Track & Field/Cross Country.

Floreal's promotion was announced on Tuesday by Stanford Athletic Director Dr. Ted Leland.

'Edrick has done a wonderful job in developing a highly successful track & field program at Stanford,' said Leland. 'Many of Stanford's student-athletes have become highly successful on the national and international stage under the guidance and coaching of Edrick.'

Floreal will begin his eighth season with the Cardinal, and has been the head women's track & field coach the past two years.

'There is a lot of work to be done,' said Floreal. 'The No. 1 priority is to put a staff together that will be able to work together as a unit, and develop the athletes. I want to bring back the philosophies of the great track & field coaches at Stanford where the student-athletes are the center of the team and feel very comfortable. I really believe in the Payton Jordan's philosophy of the coach-athlete relationship, and having a family atmopshere among the team.'

Since his arrival at Stanford, the Cardinal women have enjoyed tremendous success at the Conference and NCAA championship level. Floreal has developed the Stanford sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers into Pac-10 and NCAA Championship title contenders.

Floreal's vast technical knowledge in the sprints, hurdles and jumps, and his experience as a world-class athlete have benefited several athletes to outstanding individual accomplishments in a wide variety of events.In 1999, Floreal coached Tracye Lawyer to the 1999 NCAA title in the heptathlon and her third consecutive Pac-10 title. Floreal coached Michael Ponikvar to three Pac-10 Conference high jump titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002. In 2003 Floreal coached Grace Upshaw to the U.S. National Title in the women's long jump and a No. 5 world ranking. Upshaw finished second at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Floreal also coached Stanford alumnus Jackie Edwards to her fourth Olympics in the long jump. In 2004, Floreal helped guide 2000 Stanford graduate Toby Stevenson to a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.During the 2005 outdoor track and field season, Stanford's crew of sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers were simply sensational. Freshman Erica McLain became the first woman in Pac-10 history to capture both the triple jump and long jump at the conference meet. McLain's triple jump of 45-2 1/2 was the American junior record, and she later finished second at the NCAA West Regional and third at the NCAA Championships. McLain later shattered her American junior record by winning the United States Outdoor Championship with an effort of 45-11 3/4, thus earning a berth on Team USA which competed at the World Championship in Finland in August. McLain was the youngest member of the United States team.

Stanford captured its first Pac-10 title in women's track & field team (a school record 173 points) thanks in part to wins by Undine Becker in the 400 meter hurdles, McLain in the triple jump and long jump, a second place finish by the 400 meter relay team of Jakki Bailey, Janice Davis, Nashonme Johnson and Ashley Purnell, and a third place effort by Johnson in the 400 meters. Stanford's women's team then won the NCAA West Regional title led by wins by Davis in the 100 meters, the 1600 meter relay team of Chinny Offor, Ashley Freeman, Johnson and Davis), a second place effort by Johnson in the 400 meters and McLain in the triple jump, and third place finishes by Becker in the 400 meter hurdles and Christine Moschella in the 400 meters.

The Cardinal 1600 meter relay team broke the school record with a time of 3:29.39 at the NCAA Championship in Sacramento. As a team, Stanford placed fifth, its highest finish since 1992 when the Cardinal placed fourth.Indoors at the 2005 NCAA Championship, McLain gained two All-American honors with a second place finish in the triple jump and eighth place in the long jump. Indoor school records were broken by Wopamo Osaisai in the indoor 60 meters, Nick Sebes in the indoor 400 meters, Janice Davis in the indoor 60 meters and 200 meters, Ashley Purnell in the indoor 400 meters and the indoor 1600 meter relay team of Christine Moschella, Janice Davis, Ashley Freeman and Ashley Purnell.

Osaisai broke the long standing school record in the 100 meters (10.39) at the Junior Pan Am Championships in 2005.

For his efforts, Floreal was named Pacific-10 Women's, Regional and District Track & Field Coach of the Year. -more-

The Stanford women have finished third or better at the Pac-10 Championships in seven of the eight years Floreal has been with the team.During the 2004 outdoor track and field season, Floreal led the Stanford women to a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships with 153 points. The Cardinal women finished sixth at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships. At the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, Floreal coached Stanford to a seventh place finish. Floreal was named the 2004 MPSF Track and Field Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinal to its second consecutive MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championship title.

Several school records in the sprints and relays were set in 2004. The women's 4x100 meter relay and the 1600 meter relay (a new school record set in 2005) set school records for the second consecutive year, while the men broke a 26 year old school record in the 4x100 meter relay. The women's 4x100 meter relay earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history with an eighth place finish in the final. The men's 4x100 meter relay ran a time of 39.71 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. In the women's 400 meters, Nashonme Johnson set a school record and Keisha Gaines set a freshman school record. Numerous Cardinal athletes moved up high on the all-time Stanford performance list including Janice Davis in the 100 and 200 meters, Undine Becker in the triple jump, Nick Sebes in the 400 meters, and Solomon Welch in the triple jump.

The 2003 track and field season was filled with success for Stanford sprinters. The women's 1600 meter relay won the Pac-10 Championship, set a then school record, and qualified for the NCAA Championships. Nashonme Johnson broke the freshman school record in the 200 and 400 meters, and became the first Stanford sprinter since 1992 to compete at the NCAA Championship. In indoor competition, Jakki Bailey set then school record in the 60 meters while Ashley Purnell set the then school record in the 200 meters. The women's indoor 1600 meter relay team won the 2003 crown at the MPSF Championships. The men's 1600 meter relay team captured top honors at the 2003 NCAA West Regional Championship. In hurdles competition, Lindsey Johnson set a school record in the 100 meter hurdles and the indoor 60 meter hurdles. Milton Little, who competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, set the then indoor school record in the 60 meters, while Justin Williams established a new record in the 60 meter hurdles.

In the jumps, Solomon Welch captured the triple jump title at the 2003 U.S. Junior National Championships. Milton Little, the 2002 Pac-10 long jump champion, competed at the NCAA's and at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Undine Becker competed in the long jump and Kim Stone was a competitor in the high jump at the NCAA Championships.Floreal served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Floreal produced 13 All-Americans in three seasons at Kentucky. He also enjoyed successful coaching stints at Georgia Tech and Nebraska.

Floreal graduated from Arkansas in 1990. While a student-athlete for the Razborbacks, he captured five NCAA triple jump titles and four NCAA team championships. He also competed for Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

Floreal is married to LaVonna Martin-Floreal, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meter hurdles. The couple has two children, Edrick Jr. and Mikaielle. The Floreals reside in Palo Alto.

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