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By Kyle Spencer
Sports Director

On Monday, Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Jody Stewart announced the addition of two new coaches, along with changes among the current staff.

Otis McDaniel and Ray Williams are the two new additions to the staff, while current staff member Fabien Corbillion will be adding jumps to his duties. Corbillion was formerly in charge of combined events and pole vault.

Texas State track field. Photo by Holly Henrichsen.
Otis McDaniel and Ray Williams will be joining the Texas State Track and Field/Cross Country coaching staff. Photo by Holly Henrichsen.

McDaniel is fresh out of the Pac-12. The former assistant coach at Arizona State will now train athletes competing in sprints, hurdles and jumping events. McDaniel will also serve as recruiting coordinator.

During his stint in Tempe, Arizona, the San Antonio native coached two Pac-12 champions, two Pac-12 runner-ups, nine All-Americans and 20 regional qualifiers. McDaniel also spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Alabama before his tenure at Arizona State.

McDaniel competed as a professional athlete for three years, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012. The TCU graduate competed in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

Williams will be leaving Lincoln University in Pennsylvania to join the Texas State staff. At Lincoln, Williams served as the head cross country/track and field coach. Williams coaching duties now include short sprints and hurdles.

Lincoln University had some proud moments under Williams. Six athletes were named CIAA Conference champions, seven cross country runners were named All-CIAA, five qualified for the NCAA Championships and two athletes earned USTFCCCA All-Academic awards. Williams spent the 2014-2015 season at the University of Mississippi as the sprints and hurdles coach. Four of his athletes earned NCAA All-American honors.

Williams also spent time Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, Marquette, Detroit-Mercy, Western Michigan and the University of Chicago.

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