Durham promoted to women's associate head coach

Sept. 1, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2017) -- UTA track and field coach John Sauerhage has announced the promotion of Jordan Durham to women's associate head coach. Durham has served eight full seasons with the Mavericks.

Numerous UTA men's and women's sprinters have achieved conference and national honors during Durham's tenure. In addition to overseeing the sprints and relays, the former All-American also is the meet director for all UTA home meets at Maverick Stadium.

"Jordan is most deserving of this promotion," Sauerhage said. "She is a tireless worker, a talented coach and a tremendous role model for all of our student-athletes. Jordan is a Maverick through and through, and we are so proud she is a huge part of this program."

In her time with the Mavericks, her athletes have set eight school records. New indoor standards have come in the women's 200 meters (Shannon Reynolds), women's indoor 400 meters (DeAndrea Smith), women's 4x400m relay (2016) and men's 60 meters (Clayton Vaughn). Outdoor marks have been set in the women's 400m (Taylor Davis), women's 4x400m (2014), men's 100m (Vaughn) and men's 4x100m relay (2014).

"I want to thank Athletic Director Jim Baker and Coach Sauerhage for their continued support, and their recognition of my service," Durham said. "It is a great honor to be part of the legacy that Coach Sauerhage has shaped. I consider UTA home, and I'm excited to continue to pour my heart into the program."

Under Durham, Vaughn earned a total of six All-America plaques. In 2015, Vaughn smashed his own school record in the 100 meters with a 9.93 to win the Sun Belt Conference title. His time ranked among the 10 fastest times in NCAA history and was 13th in the world that year.

 

 

Quentin Butler also cracked the 10-second barrier with a 9.99 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the second-fastest clocking in school history. Previously, Cordero Gray broke an 11-year-old school record in 2011 (10.12), meaning the top three 100m times in school history have all happened under Durham's tutelage.

Both Vaughn, who was an All-American after placing eighth, and Butler, who was ninth, reached the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters. The only schools with two athletes competing in the 100 meters in Eugene, Ore., were UTA and LSU.

Durham's women's 4x400 teams have claimed the conference outdoor title the past four seasons (2014-17). In addition, she has helped the UTA men's team post the only two league championship "triple crowns" in school and conference history (2013-14 and 2016-17).

A three-time All-American at Arizona State, she was a member of three Sun Devils' NCAA national championship teams (2007 Indoor, 2007 Outdoor and 2008 Indoor).

Durham helped lead ASU's 4x400m relay to a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish at the 2008 outdoor meet. In 2007, she earned All-America honors in the 4x400m relay, as the team ran 3:35.96 and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.

She transferred to ASU in 2006 after spending her freshman season at TCU. A 2004 graduate of Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas, Durham was selected as the team's MVP all four years of competition. She helped lead the track team to a state title as a senior. She also was also a two-time all-district volleyball selection and captained both teams as a senior.

A native of San Angelo, Texas, she graduated from Arizona State with a degree in psychology and sociology. She has a daughter, Randi.

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