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Throws | Strength and Conditioning
Cliff Felkins is in his 14th season at Texas Tech, coaching throwing events for the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders as well as coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program. Felkins' most recent accomplishments include coaching Kole Weldon to an NCAA runner-up performance in the shot put at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Weldon, in just his sophomore campaign, rewrote the school record books during the 2013 indoor season and currently owns each of the top-five marks.
Weldon went on to finish third in the shot put at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene to cap off his remarkable 2013 season.
Felkins helped guide Weldon to a second place finish in the shot put at both the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2013. Perhaps most impressively Weldon was the only Big 12 athlete to score in each the shot put, discus, and hammer throw at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship meet.
In 2013, Felkins helped guide a total of eight athletes to top-8 finishes at the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Meanwhile, Felkins was also the architect of both Julian Wruck and D'Andra Carter's NCAA titles in the outdoor discus throw. Wruck won the NCAA Outdoor Discus title in 2011, while Carter captured the NCAA Championship in 2009.
In 2012 Felkins was named the Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the indoor season.
Felkins helped to guide Kelly Closse to back-to-back Big 12 Championships in the indoor weight throw from 2011-12. Meanwhile, Ifeatu Okafor established herself as one of the top throwers in the conference under Felkins', capturing the Big 12 outdoor shot put title in 2011 before earning All-America First team honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Felkins guided D'Andra Carter to the 2009 NCAA discus national title, two All-American honors and back-to-back Big 12 titles. Meanwhile, Patience Knight earned three All-American honors and won two-straight indoor and outdoor shot put Big 12 Championships under Felkins tutelage. Harrison Benjamin added to Felkins list as he won the 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in shot put.
Before arriving at Texas Tech, Felkins was a member of Wes Kittley's staff at Abilene Christian, where he coached the team's throwers and served as the strength coach for both the men's and women's intercollegiate programs. He joined the ACU staff in 1992 and lifted the throwers to unprecedented heights. During his tenure, Felkins coached the Wildcat throwers to 36 All-American performances, five national championships, four Olympic trials and one Olympian.
A 1983 graduate of Odessa High School, Felkins was a two-time All-American at Odessa College in the hammer and the discus where he was a national runner-up in both. Felkins then transferred to the University of Texas-El Paso where he was the Western Athletic Conference champion in the weight throw before again earning All-American status.
The fall of 1986 led Felkins to ACU where he quickly became the most dominate weight thrower in Division II history. In his two years at ACU, he won five individual National Championships in both the hammer and discus. In 1987, Felkins became the first and only Division II field event athlete to win a Division I national title, forcing the Division I coaches to change the rules, banning Division II athletes from competing at the Division I Championships. Felkins competed at Olympic trials, Olympic festivals and U.S. National Championships before retiring in 1996. Felkins was also inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame for his collegiate accomplishments.
In the summer of 2004, Felkins was named Head Strength Coach for all Olympic Sports at Texas Tech. Felkins will oversee the strength and conditioning programs for Red Raider Olympic sports, in addition to his track and field duties.
Felkins is also responsible for the hiring of former Tech All-American discus thrower Jason Young as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
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