NATCHITOCHES — Former USA indoor long jump champion Tyron Stewart has been hired to coach Northwestern State’s jumps teams, announced head track and field coach Mike Heimerman.
Stewart won the USA Track and Field indoor title in 2014 with a mark of 26-11.75 and competing in the IAAF World Indoor Championships that year, just missing the finals.
The former Texas A&M jumper was a five-time NCAA All-American in the long and triple jumps.
Heimerman said Stewart’s career success gives him instant credibility among a jumps squad that had a banner year in 2016 with four Southland Conference titles and one NCAA Outdoor All-American.
“We’ve had phenomenal coaches that weren’t phenomenal athletes in that respective event — but deep down in an athlete’s mind, if a coach was a quality athlete in that event, they get respect because they’ve done it,” Heimerman said. “Great athletes don’t always transition into great coaches, but Tyron really showed a knack for coaching at the training center.
“He’s a young and hungry coach, and that’s what I like. I think Tyron is a good fit here.”
The Chula Vista, California, native competing as a professional for five years from 2012 to this summer.
Stewart’s collegiate highlight came as a junior when he placed second in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump.
He had three other top-10 finishes at NCAA championships in the triple jump after placing 10th in NCAA Outdoors in the long jump as a freshman.
Stewart ended his collegiate career with a Big 12 title in the triple jump.
Texas A&M won three team national championships during Stewart’s tenure.
“He’s worked under Coach Fisher throughout his career, and he got a great recommendation from Fisher, who was at the Rio Olympics this summer,” Heimerman said. “I always rely on my friends in the jumps world, and we think that Stewart’s contacts in the Dallas area and back in his native California can open some new areas to us.
“Our athletes really like him, too.”