BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University men’s and women’s track and cross country coach Bobby Van Allen announced today that Shedrick Elliott, who has served as a part-time assistant coach with the Blue Jay track teams for the last three years, has been promoted to full time. Elliott moves into the position previously held by Kim Lewnes, who resigned earlier this spring to pursue other opportunities after completing work on her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Elliott, who holds a USATF Level II certification in sprints, hurdles, and relays, has been an integral part of the success of the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s track teams since arriving prior to the 2014-15 indoor season. Since then, the Blue Jay track teams have combined to win all 12 Centennial Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships while producing at least one NCAA Championship qualifier in all 12 of those seasons as well.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Shedrick and our entire track and field program,” Van Allen noted. “He has a passion matched by few and his structure and organization, coupled with a genuine caring for each athlete on the team, made him an obvious choice to fill this position. While we have been fortunate to enjoy a high level of success in recent years, I know we haven’t reached our ceiling; having Shedrick here full time will help us achieve the many goals we have.”
Elliott’s primary focus will remain working with the Blue Jay sprinters, a group that he has led to unparalleled success over the last three years. At the 2017 Centennial Conference Outdoor Championships, Elliott’s male sprint team captured gold in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes along with the 4x400-meter relay. His women’s sprint team also won the 4x400-meter relay.
In all, Elliott has coached 21 Centennial Conference individual and relay champions, two All-Americans and one CoSIDA Academic All-American since arriving at Johns Hopkins. In addition, nearly a dozen school records have been broken by Blue Jay athletes under his direction.
“Over the last three years, I have developed a strong passion and love for Johns Hopkins Track and Field and I am beyond grateful for the chance to contribute to the program in a broader aspect” Elliott stated. “I want to thank the search committee and every Hopkins Track and Field athlete I have worked with thus far for this opportunity and I look forward to helping the program reach even greater levels than it has thus far.”
Elliott graduated from Towson University in 2007 and spent eight seasons as the head coach of the Boy’s and Girl’s Track and Field teams at Western Tech in nearby Catonsville from 2007-14. A five-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year, Elliott coached 55 individual and relay state champions and five state championship teams during his time at Western. He also spent six years as the Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country coach at Western from 2009-14 before coming to Johns Hopkins.
Prior to spending his final two years at Towson, where he earned a degree in sport management, Elliott ran cross country and competed on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams at Division I Gardner Webb. He was also a four-year member of the cross country and track teams at Western Tech in high school.
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