Leon Settle has served as an assistant coach in sprints, jumps and relays at UTEP for seven seasons.

While at UTEP, Settle has mentored one Olympic qualifier, three IAAF World Championships qualifiers, five NCAA Championships qualifiers, 15 NCAA Preliminary qualifiers, 11 Conference USA Champions and two C-USA Freshmen of the Meet.

Settle was part of the UTEP women’s second consecutive C-USA Indoor Championship in 2016. The team tallied 120 points, 14 more than WKU to earn the gold.  

Settle mentored Florence Uwakwe and Ada Benjamin to two-medal finishes each at the conference championship. Both student-athletes were part of the 4x400m relay that took gold, while Uwakwa took silver in the 200m and Benjamin finished in second place in the 400m.

During the outdoor season, Uwakwe led the women’s team scoring points in the 100m, 200 and 4x400m relay at the C-USA Championships. She helped the women’s relay team secure a silver medal finish at the conference championships. The sprinter earned a spot at the NCAA West Preliminaries in the 400m and 4x400m relay. Uwakwe advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 400m.

In her second season with the Miners, Benjamin claimed two silver medals at the C-USA Championships in the 4x400m relay and 400m. She went on to advance to the NCAA Preliminaries in the 400m dash.

Sophomore Asa Guevara earned a spot in the 100m dash at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminaries after recording a time of 10.42w at the UTEP Invitational. Junior Carnell Horn qualified for the 400m dash at the NCAA West Prelims with a personal-best time of 46.94 at the C-USA Outdoor Championships.

During 2015, Settle was a part of the first women’s team conference title in program history when the women captured gold at the C-USA Indoor Championships.

Settle tutored the men’s 4x400m relay team to a gold medal at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in El Paso with a time of 3:06.59 which helped the team qualify for the NCAA West Preliminaries. The 4x400m relay team also set a new meet record at the Conference USA Indoor Championships on their way to claiming gold. 

He also coached NCAA West Preliminary participant Brandon Moss in the long jump. Moss claimed silver at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with a wind-aided long jump of 7.75m. At the indoor conference championships, Moss registered a fourth-place showing with a bound of 7.30m in the long jump.

Settle also helped Florence Uwakwe have a stellar sophomore season. Uwakwe tallied a total of nine points at the indoor championships in the 200m and 400m dash. Uwakwe was also a member of the women’s 4x400m relay team that took gold at indoors. During the outdoor slate, Uwakwe appeared in the NCAA West Preliminaries for the second straight year. At conference championships, she took gold in the 400m dash with a time of 52.41 and finished third in the 200m dash with a readout of 23.73.

In 2014, Settle assisted the men's team to its first Conference USA indoor title since 2006. He guided the men's 4x400m relay to a silver finish, helping UTEP claim the 2014 Conference USA crown with 123 points, a 45.5-point advantage over second-place, LA Tech.

Settle coached Florence Uwakwe to consecutive C-USA Freshmen of the Meet honors as she claimed seven conference titles, including a gold-medal finish in the 400m at the 2014 C-USA Outdoor Championships.

Uwakwe and fellow sprinters Abiola Onakoya and A-Shawni Mitchell and jumper Brandon Moss would go on to compete at the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Championships under the instruction of Settle.

Settle also directed the women's 4x100m relay to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2008.

In 2013, Settle helped the men's team to its first Conference USA title since 2008. The 4x400m relay secured UTEP's first-place position, upsetting conference rival Houston. The young relay went on to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships after registering a season-best time of 3:06.22 at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships.

In 2012, Settle coached the 4x400m relay team that broke the C-USA Indoor Championship meet record that was set in 2003 by TCU.

Settle is also the meet director for the UTEP Springtime and UTEP Invitational home meets.

Prior to UTEP, Settle spent three years as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. During his time with the Lobos, he trained Deanna Young, who became the first woman indoor All-American in program history.

At UNM, he produced three All-Americans, 16 regional qualifiers and five USA track and field senior and junior national participants. Settle led his student-athletes to set 11 school records. Settle helped the Lobos' men's team to an eighth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Settle coached for two seasons at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he served as an assistant coach for sprints, jumps, hurdles and cross country. While at UALR, Settle mentored one All-American, three NCAA Championships qualifiers, four Sun Belt Champions and five regional qualifying marks.

Settle served as a volunteer coach for UTEP during the 2000-2004 under head coach Bob Kitchens.

Settle received his master’s degree in 2010 in exercise science and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in health education with an emphasis on Health Community Problems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Settle also received his associate degree in 1996 in physical education from Long Beach City College.

As a student-athlete, Settle set four school records, including the indoor 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. As a Trojan, Settle was an All-American, a two-time NCAA qualifier and a 10 time Sun Belt Champion. In 1998, he was named the Men's Sun Belt Outstanding Performer and the Men's Sun Belt Top Scorer after becoming the only sprinter to win the 55m, 200m and 400m at the conference meet.

Settle competed on the professional athletics circuit for six years and competed at the USA track and field Olympic trials in 2000 and 2004. He was a USA Track and Field Indoor National finalist in the men's 200m in 1998 and 2000.

Settle is a USATF Border Association Committee Member and a USATF level two certified coach. Settle is an author of three publications: Contributing Variables to Acceleration and Max Velocity Performance, Developing Speed: A Neurological Approach, and The 200m Athlete: Team Contributions and Event Phases.

Leon Settle

Leon  Settle

Los Angeles, Calif.

Assistant Coach - Sprints

Alma Mater:
UALR 1999

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