CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina first-year head coach Cale McDaniel announced the addition of assistant coach Jaymes Talkington which completes his Western Carolina cross country and track & field coaching staff. Talkington most recently served as the director of track & field operations at Marshall University.
"We are very excited to have Jaymes come on board, and take over our vertical jumps and multi event athletes,” said McDaniel. “Jaymes comes from a strong program, and brings a lot of energy to his events. This will complete our staff, and I know we are ready to move forward and get to work!"
Talkington spent the last two years at Marshall as he completed his master’s degree in sports administration. During his first year he served as a graduate assistant coach working with the jump, multi and sprint events. He helped develop a pair of All-Conference USA multi-event student-athletes and one second team All-American triple jumper. His final season saw him take over the director of operations role which allowed him to manage the day-to-day operations of the Marshall track & field program. He coordinated travel, managed financial reconciliations and set-up official visits for potential recruits. He also helped coordinate home meets including helping build the schedule, hiring officials, coordinating volunteers and acting as a liaison to other athletic department personnel.
Prior to his time a Marshall, Talkington spent one semester as a student volunteer coach at the University of Wyoming. As a student coach he assisted in practice sessions and worked with both the men’s and women’s jumpers on technical development.
Davis holds the USA Track & Field Level 1 coaching certificate and just recently obtained the USATFCCCA Strength and Conditioning certification.
He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in history. While attending Wyoming, Talkington earned All-Mountain West honors in the triple jump in 2013. He also achieved the 10th best all-time mark in the triple jump at Wyoming. He scored in all four Mountain West championships in which he competed in from 2010 to 2013.