|2008-09 Men's Track & Field Coaches|
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Meg Stone began her coaching career at the University of Arizona in 1984. Stone came to the USA from her native Scotland to take up a scholarship in track and field. During her tenure at the University of Arizona she won seven national titles in the shot and discus at the NCAA Division 1 level. Meg still holds the NCAA Division 1 national records in the shot put (18.99/63ft 4ins) and the discus (67.48/221ft 3ins).
After an illustrious career in track and field she took the position of Head Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of Arizona to become the first ever female Head Strength and Conditioning coach at a Division 1 football playing institution. Meg was Director of the full program but particularly football, baseball, and basketball. From 1984 to 1993 she also coached the women's track and field team, her specialty being the throwing events. During the 1991 season when Meg coached Carla Garrett to double national championships in the shot and discus, she became one of a few individuals to have been a double national champion and to have coached a double national champion at the Division 1 level.
Meg then moved to Texas Tech University to take the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning. Having spent three very profitable years in Lubbock culminating in the football team having its first-ever appearance in the Cotton Bowl, Meg moved back in to coaching Track and Field at Appalachian State University working with the throwers and sprinters. In 1999 she moved back to her native Scotland to be appointed the National High Performance Coach/Director for Track and Field. This position placed her in the position of having national duties with UK Athletics. She was appointed to be one of the coaches to lead the UK Team in the European Championships and also lead a team of coaches in preparation for the Commonwealth games in Manchester, England. She also had coaching duties in Sydney, Australia, and the World Championships in Seville, Spain.
On her return to the USA in 2002 she took some time to work with the Carmichael training systems led by Chris Carmichael, coach to the Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Her next stop was as the Coaching Manager to the U.S. Olympic Committee and then on to East Tennessee State University. She made an immediate impact at ETSU. In her first season she coached Guy Hornsby to an Atlantic Sun all conference selection in the weight throw. Hornsby earned the selection by shattering the school record with a throw of 47ft -5ins. Stone also coached a trio of freshmen to scoring performances at the Indoor A-Sun Championships in the shot and weight throw.
In her second year of coaching her freshman recruits re-wrote the record books in the Men's Shot, Men's Weight, Men and Women's Hammer and Women's Discus. Her freshman male thrower Jarrod Burton won the A-Sun Conference in the Shot, and placed in the Hammer, Javelin and Discus. Her female recruit Zachlynn Blackburn won both the Discus and the Hammer in the A- Sun Conference. As a result of these accomplishments they were named Male and Female Freshmen of the Year in the Conference.
Her husband, Dr. Mike Stone, is the Director of the Exercise and Sport Science Lab at ETSU. He is responsible for consulting with Meg on the program, leading to a very successful collaboration between the sport and the sport science.
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