Lacena Golding Clarke joined the UTEP track and field coaching staff on July 19, 2012.
She comes to UTEP from the University of Texas at Austin where she served as an assistant track and field coach for women's sprints and hurdles for five years.
At Texas, Clarke helped train a three-time NCAA qualifier, two-time Big 12 Champion and record holder in the long jump and triple jump.
During her time with the Longhorns, Clarke became an academic mentor and guided students through their college transition.
Clarke worked as a program coordinator for the Pursuit of Dreams Foundation while in Austin. Clarke's responsibilities included community outreach and coordinating special events.
Clarke served as a volunteer coach for seven years at Auburn University. She assisted the head coach in hurdles and multi events. Clarke helped guided the women's team to it's first NCAA title in 2006. Clarke mentored three SEC champions during her time with the Tigers.
Clarke graduated in 1999 from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. As a Tiger, Clarke became a six time All-American claiming silver in the long jump at the 1998 NCAA Championships. She was a four time SEC Champion and holds the school record in the women's 55m hurdles. In 1998, Clarke became a South Eastern Conference Women's Commissioner's Trophy winner.
Clarke competed for Jamaica at the Olympics in 1996, 2000 and 2004 participating in the long jump and 100m hurdles. In 2004 Olympics, she finished fifth overall in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.73.
Clarke was a professional athlete for 10 years and participated at the World Championships five years. She posted a bronze medal finish at the 2004 World Athletics Final in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.69.