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Shawn Wilbourn
Wilbourn Selected to Team USA Coaching Staff
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/29/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke track & field associate head coach Shawn Wilbourn has been named an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2019 NACAC U23 Track & Field Championships this summer, as announced by USA Track & Field.

The championships will be held in Queretaro, Mexico on July 5-7. The NACAC includes 31 members from a variety of North American, Central American and Caribbean countries.

“Being named a member of a USA Track & Field National Team Staff is a great honor and comes with a great responsibility,” Wilbourn said. “I’m excited to serve our U.S. athletes and I look forward to helping them succeed at one of the most important competitions of their lives.”

Wilbourn joined the Blue Devil staff following the Olympic Trails in July of 2008. A two-time USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Wilbourn works with Duke’s combined-event, pole vault, horizontal jumps and hurdles student-athletes, while previously coaching the Blue Devil sprinters as well. 

This season, Wilbourn helped guide multi-event athlete Erin Marsh to second team All-America honors during the indoor season in the pentathlon and coached pole vaulter Esteban Suarez to a bronze medal at the ACC Indoor Championships.

Wilbourn’s 2018 unit shined with All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Madison Heath picked up first team accolades at the indoor event while Laura Marty tacked on a second team selection at the outdoor event.

Heath made the jump from second team in 2017 to first team in 2018. Heath earned first team All-ACC honors indoor and second team outdoor with Nati Sheppard netting a second team outdoor selection as well. Wilbourn’s heptathlon, pentathlon and decathlon groups also excelled indoors during the 2018 season with Jacob Sobota a first team All-ACC honoree and Christian Friis a second team pick on the men’s side. Jaida Lemmons was a second team pentathlon pick for the women.

The crew also found success outdoors with Lemmons (first team/heptathlon), Marsh (second team/heptathlon), Sobota (second team/decathlon) and Friis (second team/decathlon) receiving All-ACC recognition. 

As an athlete, Wilbourn was a 1996 Olympic Trials finalist in the decathlon and competed at the World Championships for the United States in 1997. His career best in the decathlon is 8,268 points.

Wilbourn was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL draft. He spent time under contract with the San Francisco 49ers during the 1992 NFL campaign.