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Head Coach Jeff Perkins

Jeff Perkins, a member of the UC Irvine staff since 2007, assumed the program’s head-coaching position on Jan. 1, 2014, after serving as associate head coach the previous four years.

Perkins works primarily with the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He is a USATF Level 1 and Level 2 certified sprints/hurdles/relays and jumps coach.

During Perkins’ tenure at UCI, he has been responsible for 18 Big West Conference champions, 34 NCAA qualifiers, one NCAA champion and seven school-record holders.

Two of his recent student-athletes participated in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  Charles Jock, an Anteater alum, competed for the U.S. in the 800 meters while Persis William-Mensah, a current member of the UCI team, was part of Ghana’s 4x100 relay pool.

Jock won the 800 meters at the 2012 NCAA Track & Field Championships, becoming UCI's first individual NCAA champion in 34 years.  In 2010, Jock broke the legendary Steve Scott's school record in the 800 meters that had stood for 32 years.  Jock was runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Championships and competed for the USA National Team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Another Perkins protégé, Lloyd Sicard, was named 2016 Big West Track Athlete of the Year after winning his second consecutive 110-meter hurdles title.  As a sophomore in 2015, he broke the school record held by Stan Longino that had stood for 33 years, one of the oldest marks in the Anteater record book.  Sicard was named UCI’s first Big West Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2014 when he finished runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles at the conference meet.  

On the women’s side, two of Perkins’ student-athletes set school records for the second consecutive year.  Megan George won her second straight Big West title in the 100-meter hurdles and broke her own record in the event with a time of 13.28 seconds during the season.

Persis William-Mensah eclipsed her own school record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.59 seconds during the 2016 season.

UCI’s 4x100 relay of Taisyn Crutchfield, George, Michelle Norman and William-Mensah won the 2016 Big West title in a school-record time of 44.51 seconds, the second-fastest time in conference championship history.  It was the Anteaters’ first victory in the event at the league meet since 1992.

Perkins has previously coached both Danny McFarlane and Josef Robertson from Jamaica in the 400-meter hurdles.  McFarlane won the 400 hurdles at the 2008 Jamaica Olympic Trials to advance to the Beijing Olympics.  He was a silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games and placed fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and sixth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.  Robertson was a 2009 World Championship qualifier and semi-finalist in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Perkins joined the Anteaters' staff from the University of Oklahoma, where he served two years as an assistant coach for the men's program, coaching the sprints, hurdles and relays.  In his first season with the Sooners, he coached Ronnie Pines to 6.60 in the 60 meters, which was the third-fastest time in the nation.  Perkins had three 110-meter hurdlers compete in the Big 12 Conference final, placing second, third and eighth.  Perkins' student-athletes scored a combined 34 points in the Big 12 Championship, helping the Sooners finish fifth after a 10th-place showing the previous year.

In 2006-07 at Oklahoma, Marcus Pugh won the 60 meters in 6.67 at the Big 12 Indoor Championship. The Sooners went on to win the Big 12 outdoor title as well as the Midwest Regional Championship.  Oklahoma's 4x100 relay finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship after winning conference and regional championships.

While at Oklahoma, Perkins coached 12 NCAA-regional qualifiers and six NCAA qualifiers.

Perkins served from 2002-05 in the Big West Conference at Cal State Northridge, where he coached the men's and women's sprints, hurdles and relays.  In his first season at Northridge, he coached four individuals to conference titles, as well as the men's 4x100 and 4x400 relays.  He had five individuals and three relays qualify for the NCAA West Regional, and four NCAA outdoor qualifiers in the 400 hurdles and 100 meters.

In 2003-04, the Matadors won the men's and women's Big West titles as four of Perkins' student-athletes won individual conference titles.  He coached eight individual and three relay NCAA-regional qualifiers, with two of his athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships.

He coached the 2005 Big West Freshman Female Track Athlete of the Year and the Northridge men's team won the conference team title.  In his three years with the Matador staff, Perkins coached a total of 12 conference champions, 19 NCAA-regional qualifiers and six NCAA qualifiers.

Perkins began his career at the University of Tennessee, where he was a manager and volunteer coach under the tutelage of Vince Anderson.  Perkins helped coach then-NCAA 100/200 champion, future Olympian and world-record holder Justin Gatlin, and future 60-meter indoor world champion Leonard Scott on their way to the 2001 SEC Championship and NCAA Outdoor Championship.  Tennessee won the 2002 SEC title and the NCAA Indoor Championship during Perkins' tenure.

The Perkins File

  • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma, 2005-07
  • Assistant Coach, Cal State Northridge, 2002-05

 

 

Contact Coach Perkins

Email: jperkins@uci.edu| Phone: 949-824-6080
Office: IAB 101

 

Associate Head Coach Katelyn Ciarelli

Katelyn Ciarelli was named associate head coach for men's and women's track & field at UC Irvine in November 2014 after serving as an assistant coach since August 2009.

Ciarelli, who started as a volunteer with the UCI program in 2009-10, works primarily with the throwers and her efforts have developed the Anteaters into a throwing powerhouse in the Big West Conference.

Ciarelli, who is in her eighth season with the Anteaters, has produced five school records (Women’s Hammer, 182’5”, Women’s Discus, 170’11”, Women’s Shot Put, 53’9”, Women’s Javelin, 166’0”, and Men’s Shot Put, 60’6”), 13 NCAA qualifiers, 20 All Big-West honorees, three Junior All-Americans, and five Big West champions.

2016 was a strong year for Ciarelli’s young group of throwers. Barbara Coward broke the school record in the women’s discus and qualified for the NCAA regional meet as one of the top freshman in the country.  Junior college transfer, Matt Seawright, was able to score in three events at the Big West Championships. In his first year at UCI, he was able to move to No. 3 in UCI history in the hammer throw with a mark of 203’2”.  Seawright also moved to fourth all-time at UCI in the men’s discus (183’4”).  He qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in both events.

In 2015, Ciarelli coached Mason Miller to UCI’s first men’s shot put conference championship in 25 years. During that same season, Miller also broke the 38-year school record.

At the 2014 Big West Championships, Ciarelli produced conference champions in the women’s discus, shot put and the javelin.  Itohan Aikhionbare who won league titles in the shot put and discus, was named the Big West Field Athlete of the Year.  Aikhionbare was also a two-time Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year and in 2013, she was an alternate for the Junior Pan Am team.

Ciarelli was a two-time Big West champion in the discus at Long Beach State, winning league titles in 2006 (154’5”) and 2008 (163’6”).  She placed fifth in the discus at the 2008 NCAA West Regional and competed at the NCAA Championships that year with a mark of 171’5”.  Ciarelli threw discus, hammer, javelin, shot put, and the weight while at Long Beach State.  In 2006, she scored a total of 19 points at the Big West Championship.  She was team captain in 2006 and 2008, and field athlete of the year for 2006.

Ciarelli, who is also oversees the strength and conditioning for the throwers, has been involved in Olympic weightlifting since the age of nine.  She was a Junior All American in Olympic lifting while in middle school.

After graduating from Long Beach State, Ciarelli served one season (2008-09) as assistant throws coach at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., where she worked alongside Mac Wilkins, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the discus and 1984 silver medalist.

Ciarelli, who earned her master's in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University, Irvine, in 2010, also has her undergraduate degree in sociology.

The Ciarelli File

  • Assistant Coach, Concordia University (Portland)
  • Big West Champion (2006, 2008)

 

Contact Coach Ciarelli

Email: kciarell@uci.edu | Phone: 949-824-6080
Office: IAB 102

 

Assistant Coach Chris Evans

A 2001 graduate of UC Irvine, where he competed in cross country and track, Chris Evans is excited to serve as an assistant coach to his alma mater for the distances after successful stints as the head coach at Golden Valley High School and assistant coach at Crescenta Valley High School.

Evans, along with his brother, Rob, transformed the Golden Valley program after taking over as the head coach in the fall of 2007. Within one year, Evans had an All-CIF and All-State runner, and the boys’ team qualified for the California State Championships, finishing 11th.

The next four years brought tremendous success as the boys qualified for the state championships each year, finishing third in 2009 and winning a state title in 2011.

The 2011 team was dominant on its road to the championship, going 1-2-3 in the Foothill League, setting the Division II team record at CIF Finals, becoming the third-fastest team ever to compete at the historic Mt. SAC Cross-Country Course, and qualifying for Nike Cross Country Nationals, where the team placed 11th.

This transformation was evident on the girls’ side as well. The program produced and All-CIF runner in cross country and track, another runner who went on to win the State Junior College Championship in the 800, and Lauren Hackney who was twice All-CIF in the 400 meters and currently competes for UCI.

Before taking the head job at Golden Valley, Evans was an assistant at Crescenta Valley High School during its run to the top of the standings.

As an athlete, Evans was a four-time varsity letter winner for the Anteaters, earning All-Big West honors in cross-country and scoring twice at the conference meet in track. He graduated from UCI Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in English and history. Evans earned his M.A. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he served his Graduate Assistantship within the Medical School.

Evans is a USATF Level II certified coach in the distances, and has presented at the LA84 coaching clinic.

The Evans File

  • Head Coach, Golden Valley High School (2007-12)
  • Competed four years at UC Irvine
  • 2001 graduate, UC Irvine

 
 
  
 

Assistant Coach Greg Charles

Greg Charles has been a member of the UCI coaching staff since 2001.  Focusing on the pole vault, he has led the Anteaters to numerous All-Big West Conference pole vault honors, most recently in 2014 for Ariel Cheng (second place) and Stephen Brown (third place).


As a high school and college standout in the pole vault, hurdles, and decathlon, Charles was the California AAU age-group champion and a Junior Olympics finalist in the pole vault.  In addition to successfully competing in California JUCO and NCAA Division I, he is a 19-time USATF Masters All-American, including earning three USATF National Masters Championships in the pole vault (1997, 1998 and 1999).

Still competing in open and masters meets today, Charles brings a fresh perspective to coaching the vault from a view of the student-athlete and a coach. 

His roots in coaching, he began working for the City of Torrance while still in high school, teaching track to elementary school students.  He assisted at South Torrance High School in 1985 and 1986, teaching the pole vault, high jump, and hurdles.  Prior to coming to UCI, Charles coached locally (Woodbridge and University High Schools) and he also served as a volunteer walk-on coach at a local NCAA Division I school. 

During his tenure at UCI, he has coached over 40 Big West Conference pole vault qualifiers, multiple NCAA qualifiers, a UCI school-record holder in the women’s pole vault, eight of the Top 10 on the UCI women’s Top 10 list (1,2,3,4,5,6,9,10) and three of the Top 10 Men (5,6,10). 

 


Assistant Distance Coach Brianna Stevens

 
Brianna Stevens joins the UC Irvine cross country and track & field staff as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season, primarily assisting with the distance events.

Stevens graduated from Wingate (N.C.) University in 2014 with cum laude honors and her bachelor’s degree in community and commercial recreation with a concentration in coaching and personal training.

At Wingate University, Stevens was a member of the cross country and track & field teams from 2010-2014 and was captain of the 2013 and 2014 cross country teams that qualified for the national championship.  She earned South Atlantic All-Conference recognition for cross country in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and was named to the NCAA Cross Country Division II All-Southeast Region Team in 2013 and 2014.  

Stevens was also an academic standout as she was an NCAA Division II Cross Country Academic All-American in 2010 and was selected to the USTFCCAA All-Academic Team in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

She earned her Track and Field Technical Event Coaching Certification from U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in May of 2016.  In 2013, she also received her Coaching Principles Certification through the American Sport Education Program as well as her Certified Personal Trainer Certificate from the American Council on Exercise.

Stevens was the club treasurer and executive board member of the Sports Science Majors Club at Wingate University from 2012 to 2013 and was also the representative of her cross country team for the Student Athletic Advisory Club in 2012.

In April 2013, she earned the NASPE Outstanding Major of the Year Award, in which she was selected by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and was honored at the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition.  Stevens was selected to represent Wingate University at the fourth annual Peach Belt Women in Athletics Conference in 2011.
 
 

Assistant Throws Coach Bridget Devaney

 

Bridget Devaney is a first-year assistant throws coach with the Anteaters. She completed her college career at UC Irvine and graduated in 2016 with a degree in criminology, law and society. She was a hammer and discus thrower for the UCI track & field team.

Originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif., Devaney began participating in track & field at a young age, coached through the years by her mother, Kathy, an All-American discus thrower and collegiate coach. She balanced throwing with soccer and volleyball, but eventually made the decision to pursue the discus and hammer at UC Irvine.

In her four years, under the tutelage of Coach Ciarelli, Devaney broke the school record in the hammer multiple times, beginning in her sophomore year.

In addition to assisting with the throwers, Devaney will continue to train and compete in the hammer, while pursuing a master's degree.
 
 
 

Assistant Coach Kaulyn Lee-McNeill

Kaulyn Lee-McNeill is in her first year as an assistant coach at UC Irvine.

Lee-McNeill, who has been involved in track & field for over a decade, competed four years at UCI. As a senior, she established the fourth-best 400m hurdle time in program history at 59.09 seconds. She garnered All-Big West honors in the 400 hurdles with a runner-up finish at the conference championships in 2015, while she also scored in the event as a sophomore (4th) and senior (5th). In addition, Lee-McNeill was a member of the Anteaters' 4x400 relay team.

Lee-McNeill graduated from UC Irvine in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and African American studies.

She is from Bakersfield, Calif., and went to Liberty High School.

 
 
 

Volunteer Assistant Phil Sando

Phil Sando, a UC Irvine alum, is in his second year as a volunteer assistant with the Anteater men’s and women’s program.

He served as an assistant coach at Mater Dei High School from 2002-09.  In 2010, he established the USATF VertiCAL High Jump Club, serving as president and head coach.  Sando was an assistant coach at Concordia University, Irvine, in 2011.

His coaching career is filled with high school athletes who have competed in the prestigious Arcadia and Mt. SAC Invitationals, as well as the California Indoor State Championships.  He has coached numerous league champions, CIF-Southern Section Prelims and Finals participants.  Sando has also guided athletes into the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet as well as the CIF State Finals.  At the collegiate level, he has coached athletes who have qualified for the CCCAA State Men’s Track & Field Championships.

Sando competed at UCI in 1980 and 1981, placing fifth in the high jump at the 1981 PCAA (now Big West) Championships. 

High jumping is truly a family affair for Sando.  He has three daughters, all of whom have, or are, competing for the Anteaters:  Christina, who graduated in 2010, Kelsi, who graduated in 2012, and Maddy, a current UCI student-athlete.  Sando’s brother, Chris, is a former school-record holder  at UC San Diego and still retains a position on the Tritons’ all-time top-10 list.
 
 
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