Sports Performance Coaching Staff
Assistant Sports Performance Coach, Olympic Sports (W Lacrosse, Field Hockey, M Cross Country)
Former ACC champion and All-America Jeff Howser is in his 11th season as Duke’s speed and conditioning coach.
A graduate of Duke, Howser was a six-time ACC champion, and was named as one of the ACC’s top 50 track athletes of all-time in 2003. He went on to earn a bronze medal at the World Championships in the 110-meter high hurdles and was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Team. Howser ran on the international level for 14 years, was a four-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier and two-time U.S. Olympic Trials finalist.
He served previously as the sprints and hurdles coach at the University of Florida, UCLA, N.C. State, Duke and the University of North Carolina.
Howser also has coached a number of top-world ranked professional track athletes such as Anwar Moore (13.00-110m hurdles), Jason Smoots (6.51-60m, 10.01-100m), Bershawn Jackson (47.30-400m hurdles), Leonard Byrd (44.45-400m), Michelle Collins (50.00-400m , 22.18-200m indoor), Daniel Caines UK (44.98-400m), Crystal Cox (50.34-400m, 22.34-200m), Jordan Vaden (19.98-200m), Marion Jones (7.08-60m, 10.91-100m), and other athletes from Jamaica, Great Britain, Trinidad, Ghana, Bermuda and the Bahamas. He also has served as a consultant in training program design for several other top-ranked track athletes from various countries which include LaShawn Merritt, Tyson Gay and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Howser also assists Athens 2004 Head Olympic Coach George Williams in coaching the Nike GW Elite Track Club. His coaching resume includes thirteen Olympians, five Olympic Gold Medalists, four World Championship Gold Medalists, and one World Cup Gold Medalist. In addition, one of Howser’s athletes ran the fastest high school electronic 40yd dash ever recorded (4.25 electronic at the Nike SPARQ Combine), which is also the second fastest time in history.
He holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the USA Weightlifting Association, is the North Carolina director for the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and is a USA Track and Field Elite Athlete Coach.
In addition to his duties as overall head strength coach for Women’s Lacrosse, Field Hockey and the Men’s Distance program, Howser designs and implements the speed, agility and conditioning programs for Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis and Volleyball.