Track + Field Coaching Staff

Track + Field Coaching Staff

Dennis Shaver

Dennis Shaver

Head Coach

Head Coach
Dennis Shaver
When Dennis Shaver ascended to the rank of head coach of the LSU Track & Field program in July 2004, he was given the reigns of a national power recognized worldwide for its dominance at the collegiate level while racking up a total of 30 NCAA team championships in its history. Expectations were high, but Shaver had experienced LSU's success first-hand as he helped coach the Tigers and Lady Tigers to a combined 12 national championships while serving as an assistant coach for nine seasons from 1996-2004. It came as no surprise when he was asked to continue LSU's championship tradition when the position opened in the wake of the 2004 season. Shaver knew the challenge that lay in front of him when he accepted the job. At his opening press conference, Shaver promised fans, coaches, officials and his student-athletes that "we are going to do everything we can to keep this kind of championship program going here at LSU." He has certainly delivered on that promise as the program has showed no signs of slowing down under his guidance.   FULL BIO
 

Tamara Ards

Tamara Ards

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach
Tamara Ards
LSU Track & Field's coaching staff was completed ahead of the 2017 fall semester when head coach Dennis Shaver announced Aug. 7 the hiring of 13-year NCAA Division I coaching veteran Tamara Ards as an assistant coach with a focus on working with LSU's sprinters, hurdlers and relays teams.   FULL BIO

Bennie Brazell

Bennie Brazell

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach
Bennie Brazell
The LSU Track & Field program was proud to welcome back one of its all-time greats as an assistant coach prior to the 2012 season as former Tiger two-sport national champion Bennie Brazell joined the coaching staff as Dennis Shaver's assistant for the men's sprints, hurdles and relays.   FULL BIO

Houston Franks

Houston Franks

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach
Houston Franks
Houston Franks, formerly of Mississippi State, was named the assistant coach for LSU track and field's mid-distance and distance squads in addition to head coaching duties for the cross country team on July 23, 2019.   FULL BIO

Todd Lane

Todd Lane

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach
Todd Lane
The LSU jumps program boasts one of the proudest traditions in the history of collegiate track and field in the United States, and assistant coach Todd Lane looks to continue that tradition as he enters his 12th season as a member of LSU's coaching staff in 2019.   FULL BIO

Greg Watson

Greg Watson

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach
Greg Watson
LSU track and field head coach Dennis Shaver announced the addition of assistant coach Greg Watson on Aug. 20, 2018. Watson comes to Baton Rouge via Kansas State and he will coach LSU's throwers.   FULL BIO

Andrea Tepe

Andrea Tepe

Director of Operations

Director of Operations
Andrea Tepe
Andrea Tepe was hired in September of 2013 to be the Director of Operations for the LSU Track & Field program. Tepe is charged with the responsibility of organizing all administrative and logistical aspects of the nation's most prestigious combined collegiate track and field program.   FULL BIO

Boo Schexnayder

Boo Schexnayder

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength and Conditioning Coach
Boo Schexnayder
Irving "Boo" Schexnayder returned to the LSU track and field to in August of 2018 to head the strength and conditioning efforts for the Tigers. Schexnayder previously served with LSU from 1995-2007 for 12 years as the jumps and multi-event coach in Baton Rouge. Schexnayder is a well-known commodity in the track and field coaching community with 37 years of service.   FULL BIO