Track and Field Adds Two to Coaching Staff

D. Clarke

July 19, 2012

El Paso – UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen announced Thursday the addition of Davian Clarke and Lacena Golding Clarke to the UTEP track and field staff.

"We could not be more pleased with our recent hires,” said Laaksonen. “We were very fortunate to be able to acquire the services of two young and skilled coaches like Davian and Lacena. They are both world class athletes that have had plenty of success as coaches. They have been involved with several winning programs during their careers and that winning attitude is exactly what we hope they bring with them to UTEP.”

Davian Clarke comes to UTEP from the University of North Carolina where he served as the assistant coach for men’s and women’s sprints, hurdles and relays. While at North Carolina, Clarke mentored 12 All-Americans, one US World Championships finalist, six individual NCAA qualifiers, three relay NCAA qualifiers, five ACC Champions, two ACC relay titles, two ACC All-Academic recipients and 29 All-ACC performers.   

Prior to North Carolina, Clarke was the head coach of the 2010 Jamaican World Indoor Team. He led the team to a gold medal finish in the women’s 60m and guided the women’s 4x400m relay team, who broke the Jamaican indoor record and took bronze at the World Indoor Championships.

Clarke spent four years coaching for the Pursuit of Dreams Track Club in Austin, Texas.

Clarke worked as an assistant sprints coach and director of operations at Auburn University. During his time with the Tigers, Clarke helped lead the women to their first NCAA Outdoor Championship title in 2006. Prior to serving as an assistant coach for the Tigers, Clarke was a volunteer coach for Auburn and helped produce one World Champion, four World Championship medalist, three NCAA Champions and four SEC Champions.

Clarke graduated in 1998 from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Organization. As a student-athlete, he compiled six All-American honors, two NCAA titles, one All-Academic team honor, 13 All-Big East honors and nine Big East titles. Clarke set seven school records for the Hurricanes, including the outdoor 400m and 200m dash.



Clarke won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in the 4x400m relay. He represented Jamaica in the Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Clarke is a two-time World Champion in the 4x400m relay and a silver medalist in the 400m.

Clarke competed on the professional athletics circuit for 10 years and ended his career with Jamaican records in the indoor and outdoor 4x400m, 300m indoor (32.94) and 400m junior record (45.21). Clarke was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. 

Clarke is a USATF level 1 certified coach and a member of the IAAF Athletes Commission.

Lacena Golding Clarke 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.


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