Women's Track



Shantel Twiggs
Shantel Twiggs

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Second Season

Alma Mater/Year:
Northern Iowa/1995

Now in her second year at the helm is Shantel Twiggs.

The former track standout and All-American at Northern Iowa was inducted into her alma mater's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Twiggs came to Nevada from Northern Illinois where she spent the previous three seasons resurrecting the Huskies' program. When Twiggs took over the program in the winter of 2000, the team had not competed in 18 years. Since that time, her athletes broke more than 14 school records. The 2003-04 season saw the school's first NCAA Mid-East Regional qualifiers when two Huskies finished 25 and 30th, respectively, in the shot put. One of those throwers, Ashley Morrow, was named to the All-Mid American Conference second team, also a first for the program.

Before coaching at NIU, Twiggs was an assistant coach for three years at her alma mater, Northern Iowa. During her tenure at Northern Iowa, Twiggs coached the men's and women's sprinters to more than 10 school records and two dozen all-conference honors. In her final season, she coached five NCAA Division I qualifiers with one gaining All-America honors at the indoor track and field championships.

Twiggs can also claim two Missouri Valley Conference Championships Athletes of the Meet to her coaching resume, as Marshall Frazier took home the award at the 2000 MVC indoor meet and Devon Davis nabbed the title at the 1999 outdoor competition. She also worked heavily in recruiting for the Panthers' program and assisted with the Northern Iowa cross country teams.

The 32-year-old Twiggs was an all-conference sprinter for the Panthers from 1990-94, earning All-MVC honors six times in her career. She also won All-American honors her senior season when she placed sixth in the 55-meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships as well as earning All-America distinction in the outdoor 200-meters. Additionally, Twiggs placed sixth in the 200-meter dash at the U.S. Track & Field Outdoor Championships that summer.

Overall, she qualified for the NCAA's eight times with two provisional qualifying marks while at Northern Iowa and is the owner and co-owner of 13 school records. She has been a member of three U.S. National Teams (US vs Great Britain, 1994; World Cup, 1994; and Pan Am Games, 1995) leading off the gold medal 4x100-meter relay team at the Pan Am Games in 1995. She also won gold and bronze medals at the 1994 Olympic Festival as the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay team and the 200-meters, respectively.

Twiggs received her bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and marketing from Northern Iowa in 1995. After graduation, she worked as an assistant track coach and substitute teacher for the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Berkeley, Mo., before returning to her alma mater in 1997. She is a member of both the US Track Coaches Association of America (USTCA) and USA Track & Field.

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