Justin Wickard joins the TCU track and field program in 2013-14 as an assistant coach working primarily with sprints. Wickard brings six years coaching experience to the Horned Frogs, having worked in the ACC, Big 12 and the WAC and mentored 11 All-Americans.
Wickard comes to TCU after two seasons at Louisiana Tech. In 2012-13 he mentored a pair of hurdlers - Kim Francis and Yusuf Muhammad - who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing 21st in the 100-meter hurdles and 18th in the 400-meter hurdles, respectively. He also mentored sprinter Trey Hadnot who earned All-America recognition with a third-place finish in the 200-meter at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In his first season, Wickard helped the Lady Techsters claim both the women's indoor and outdoor titles.
A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Wickard was a volunteer sprints and hurdles coach at North Carolina prior to joining Louisiana Tech. While with the Tarheels, he coached two indoor All-Americans and helped guide the men's team to the ACC Indoor Championships runners-up title, the program's best finish since 2002. He also guided athletes to ACC titles in the 400-meter and the 4x400-meter relay indoors with another All-America honor coming during the outdoor season.
Prior to North Carolina, Wickard spent the 2009 season as the graduate assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Chadron State College in Nebraska where he coached two Division II national qualifiers in the hurdles while his athletes set four indoor school records. Wickard earned his master's of science degree in organizational management while coaching at Chadron State.
During the 2007-08 seasons, Wickard was a volunteer coach at Texas Tech where he helped coach eight all-Americans in the hurdles and relays. Wickard's athletes also claimed six Big 12 individual titles and 14 Midwest Regional qualifiers.
Wickard graduated from Utah State in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in health and wellness while running track with the Aggies. He was a three-time West Region qualifier in the 100m hurdles and advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2006, he competed at the USA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles.