Track and Field Names Bambi Carson Assistant Coach

Aug. 12, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired former Oklahoma University standout Bambi Carson as assistant track and field coach, head coach Ron Grigg announced today. Carson, a two-time All-American in the shot put and discus, will focus on coaching the throwing events as well as assisting with day-to-day administration and recruiting. She spent last year as an assistant track and field coach at Union High School in Tulsa, Okla.

"We are thrilled to have someone with such an extensive and successful background joining our staff," Grigg said. "Her passion for the sport and success at Oklahoma will have a positive effect on our student-athletes."

In 2001, Carson earned All-America honors in both the discus and indoor shot, while also placing 13th in the outdoor shot at the NCAA Track & Field Championships (53'3"). She was also a two-time Big 12 champion in the discus (2000 & 2001) during her four-year career, and formerly held the Oklahoma and Big 12 meet record in the discus. Following her collegiate career, Carson competed at the 2001 USA Track & Field Nationals, placing 10th in the discus. Her lifetime-best throw in the discus is 197'1".

The 24-year-old Marlow, Okla., native captured state titles in the discus during her senior and sophomore seasons at Marlow High, and added another in the shot put as a senior. Her winning performances as a senior set new state records, and she was named to the Oklahoma All-Century Track and Field Team. Carson set the all-time Oklahoma discus record with a throw of 157'10" and was also an all-state selection in softball, basketball, and track and field. She earned her B.A. in communications from Oklahoma in 2002, where she twice earned Sooner Scholar-Athlete honors.