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The St. John’s Athletic Department officially announced on Wednesday that four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach.
“I have to thank Mike Cragg and Coach Hurt for this honour, and am appreciative of them for their support and tutelage,” Pompey said.
“They’re both part of the reason why I am able to continue doing what I love here at St. John’s University. I am grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to working closely with our administration on continuing our tradition of success.”
Since joining the St. John’s track & field programme as an assistant coach in 2014, Pompey has seen her athletes break the Red Storm’s indoor records twice in the 200 metres and 400 metres, while also eclipsing previous programme bests in the 60-metre hurdles and in the 500 metre and the 4 x 200-metre relay.
Pompey has also helped the Johnnies’ sprints and hurdles squad break outdoor records in the 100-metre hurdles, 800 metre race, the 4×200-metre relay, and the 4×100-metre relay events.
Most recently, Pompey guided Leah Anderson to three gold medals at the 2020 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, as she took first place in the 200 metres, 400 metres and the 4×400-metre relay. Anderson was named the conference’s most outstanding performer in track events and earned the BIG EAST High Point Performer award, leading the field with 22.5 points. Pompey’s sprints and hurdles squad accounted for at least 60 percent of St. John’s total team points at the meet.
“I am very pleased and proud to have Coach Pompey become our associate Head Coach, as she is exceptional in every way,” said Head Coach Jim Hurt. “She is a great and winning coach, keenly intelligent and insightful, and a person of great character. She has made a significant impact on our programme over the past six years, and will continue to do so in the years to come.”
In 2017, Pompey assisted Adriana Wright in capturing the indoor BIG EAST High Point Performer Award after winning three gold medals in the 60-metre hurdles, 60-metre dash and the 200-metre dash.
The following year, she helped Maya Stephens earn the conference’s most outstanding co-performer in track events accolade for her wins in the 200-metre and 400-metre dashes at the 2018 Indoor championships.
Throughout her time with the Red Storm, Pompey’s athletes have claimed three of the BIG EAST’s last four most outstanding track performer awards at the outdoor championships, while earning the accolade at the 2018 and 2020 conference Indoor championships.
Pompey has continued to spread her knowledge and extensive track & field experience to international sports administrations, and was named President of the Pan-American Sports Athletes Commission in 2019. The Guyana native was elected to represent more than 6,600 athletes across 41 countries that compete in the Pan American Games, and has served as a standing member of the Athletes’ Commission since 2015. She also serves on the organization’s executive board and as the International Olympic Committee’s athlete liaison.
Pompey is now in her third year as the Metropolitan Athletic Conference President.
Pompey is the founder of the Aliann Pompey (AP) Invitational, a premier international track & field competition that was added to the World Athletics Continental Tour in 2020. The inaugural meet held in Guyana hosted 11 athletes who went on to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, and serves as a gateway to Olympic qualification.
As an athlete, Pompey captured the gold medal in the 400 metre race at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and took home the silver medal in 2010. She also earned a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Pompey has represented her home country of Guyana at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, five Outdoor World Championships in Athletics, and the IAAF World Indoor Championships on four occasions. In 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Pompey set the South American indoor record in the 400 metre race with a personal best mark of 50.71. During the summer of 2016, Pompey made another Olympic appearance as an assistant manager with the Guyanese Olympic Team. (St John’s University)