New coaching gig for Kareem Streete-Thompson


Kareem Streete-Thompson, who represented the Cayman Islands at three Olympic games, has a new coaching gig at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Streete-Thompson, a decorated long-jumper and sprinter, was announced as the programme’s associate head coach in charge of the sprints, jumps and relays. He takes up the post after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Texas, where he worked primarily with sprinters and horizontal jumpers (long jump and triple jump).

The announcement of his appointment came along with that of his wife, Jackie Richards, as an assistant coach.

“I am excited to announce the addition of Kareem and Jackie,” said UTSA Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Aaron Fox. “They both are outstanding coaches who bring a wealth of experience from some of the best programs in the country. I think our student-athletes are going to learn a tremendous amount from them and I am looking forward to having them be part of many successful seasons in the future.”

Streete-Thompson joins UTSA after a stint at University of Texas.

Streete-Thompson joins UTSA after a stint at University of Texas.

Streete-Thompson had previously spent the 2012-13 season coaching sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps at the University of Missouri.  Prior to his stint at Missouri, Streete-Thompson coached at Florida State University. His coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Florida, where he worked with the Gators’ jumpers and multi-event athletes for two years. The Olympian is also credited with working with British long jump record holder Greg Rutherford, who won bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, after winning gold in 2012 and the 2015 World Championships.

He competed in three Olympic Games, qualifying in both the 100m and long jump for the Cayman Islands. Streete-Thompson also competed in seven World Championships and his highlights include a silver medal in the long jump in 2001 and qualifying for the 100m final in 1999. He holds numerous national records for the Cayman Islands and was the first athlete to win Pan-American, Central American and Caribbean and Commonwealth titles for his home country. He also has several CARIFTA Games medals to add to his accomplishments.

Streete-Thompson holds personal-best marks of 9.96 in the 100m sprint and 28-3 ¾ (8.63m) in the long jump. He and Carl Lewis are said to be the only athletes to ever to run under 10 seconds and jump beyond 28 feet.

While at Rice University in Houston, he was an All-American who swept both NCAA titles in the long jump his senior year. In 1998, he was enshrined into the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame.

He completed his master’s degree in sports management while at coaching at Florida State and is a USATF Level I certified coach.

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