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Coaching Staff

 

Julius Higginbotham
Assistant Coach

Julius Higginbotham, a two-time All-American in track & field and all-Ohio Athletic Conference defensive back in football at Heidelberg University, is now in his sixth year coaching track & field at Wooster where he focuses on the sprinters and jumpers, and recently added duties as the recruiting coordinator. Higginbotham coached football at the College from 2012-17 spending time in chrage of the defensive backs after previously coaching the strong safeties and wide receivers.

Higginbotham's role led to two student-athletes qualifying for the 2016 national indoor meet for the first time in program history, and he was tabbed as the NCAA Div. III Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year for women's indoor track & field by the USTFCCCA. Last spring culminated in sophomore Carolyn Webster qualifying for the national championships in the high jump for the second time.

Before joining the Wooster staff, Higginbotham was an assistant track coach at his alma mater for two seasons (2011-12). Of the sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers he worked with there, they combined for five school records and five All-American performances (men’s high jump, women’s long jump, pentathlon, and men’s triple jump), and he also was an assistant football coach at Fostoria High School during that time.

As a student-athlete for the ‘Berg, Higginbotham earned All-American honors in the long jump both indoors (3rd-place; 23 feet) and outdoors (6th-place; 23 feet, 4.5 inches) during the 2010 season. Overall, he was a seven-time qualifier for the NCAA Div. III Championships – indoor long jump (2008, 2009, 2010), outdoor long jump (2010), indoor 55 meters (2009), and outdoor 4x100 meters relay (2007, 2010). Within the OAC, he combined for four individual championships and all-conference status 20 times, highlighted by being named the Don Frail Most Outstanding Track Athlete once (2009) and the Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete twice (2008, 2009).

In football, Higginbotham was the team’s fourth-leading tackler (46) as a senior to go with four pass breakups and two interceptions en route to second-team all-OAC recognition.

A native of Elyria, Ohio, Higginbotham completed a bachelor’s degree while majoring in psychology at Heidelberg, and would later earn a master’s degree in arts and education from his alma mater in 2014.

 

Brian Kooser
Assistant Coach

Brian Kooser, a three-year starter on the offensive line at McDaniel College is in his first season at The College of Wooster where he serves as the offensive line coach for the football team and the throws coach for the track & field program.

Kooser's first season with the Black and Gold on the gridiron was one to remember as Wooster's offense set or matched 28 school records, center Patrick Mohorcic was voted captain of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, and the offensive line had three representatives on the all-conference teams, including the late Clayton Geib, who was a posthumous selection.

Kooser came to Wooster from Westminster College (Mo.), where he served as the offensive line coach and video coordinator for two seasons. In 2015, Kooser's charges ranked 31st nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.10) and were 41st in tackles-for-loss surrendered per game (5.00).

Prior to coaching at Westminster, Kooser spent two seasons as a student assistant working with the offensive line at McDaniel after exhausting his eligibility. As a student-athlete, Kooser helped pave the way for the conference’s leading rusher in three straight seasons and he formerly was a shot put and discus thrower prior to attending McDaniel.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from McDaniel.

 

Paris Hilliard
Camp Staff

Paris Hilliard enters his 4th season as the Head Coach of the Tigers Track and Field program. Hilliard has been a member of the Track and Field staff since December of 2011, in which he took the head position in August of 2015. In addition, Hilliard continues to serve as an assistant to the cross-country program.

 

Myles Tyler
Camp Staff

Myles Tyler will begin his third season with the Cleveland State track and field team, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2019 season.
 
Over the last two years, Tyler has served as the sprints coach for Cleveland State, coaching four Vikings to podium finishes at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships last season. For the upcoming campaign, Tyler will also serve as the relays coach, after helping Cleveland State’s 4x100 Relay place third at the 2018 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
 
Under Tyler’s direction, the Vikings set program records in sprint events during every meet last season, while multiple Vikings set personal-records in numerous events.
 
Tyler is also responsible for coordinating the track and field team’s community service efforts, and designing and implementing practice plans.
 
Prior to joining the track and field staff, Tyler spent three years serving as an intern for former Cleveland State Athletic Director John Parry, learning the daily operations of a collegiate athletic department. During his time in the Cleveland State Athletic Department, Tyler was able to gain insight into NCAA rules and regulations – specifically those that involve the sport of track and field.
 
Tyler, who spent his freshman year at Kent State University, competed in sprint events for the Golden Flashes before transferring to Cleveland State where he graduated with a sport management major.