Junior All-America Shoots For National Title in Early March
Joe Blaney is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for the East Carolina track and field squads. He specializes in jumps assisting the ECU student-athletes long, triple and high jumps.
Since his arrival in Greenville, Blaney has been instrumental in helping the Pirates excel on the field. Under his tutelage, redshirt senior Tynita Butts has garnered five separate All-America honors (four in the high jump, and one in the long jump). Most recently, sophomore Cameron Hudson earned All-America accolades for his performance in the 2013 long jump in which he posted a school-record mark of 7.86-meters (25-09.50) at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hudson went on to finish fourth in the USA Track and Field Championships.
Prior to Hudson's success, Blaney helped guide Butts to a second-place finish in the NCAA Indoor Championships with a school-record clearance of 1.90-meters (6-02.75) en route to collecting her fifth All-America selection. Blaney came to East Carolina after spending 10 seasons with the Nevada track and field team coaching the multi-event athletes, as well as the long, triple, and high jumpers.
Under Blaney's guidance, Nevada's Maranda Brownson won the gold medal at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships in the pentathlon event and went on to finish 14th at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Blaney joined the Nevada track and field program after leaving a very successful coaching career at Mineral County High School in Hawthorne, Nev. As head coach at MCHS, Blaney built his team into one of the most dominant track and field programs in the West.
He coached his squad to eight state championships and numerous regional titles. On several occasions, Mineral County earned more points in the state championship meet than the second-and third-place teams combined. A multiple winner of the Nevada High School Track and Field Coach-of-the-Year Award, Blaney also was nominated for the title of National Track and Field Coach-of-the-Year while in Hawthorne.
Blaney graduated from Ottawa (Kan.) University in 1965 with a degree in biology. He earned his master's in educational administration in 1974 from Wichita State (Kan.) University.