Hawks Track & Field completes coaching staff for 2018 season
Marquita Mines parlayed an exceptional running career into success as a coach (Photo Credit: Christopher Newport University Athletics)
Dec. 27, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland Maryland Eastern Shore track & field coach Damion Drummond rounded out his coaching staff for the upcoming season, adding three assistants. The trio of Marquita Mines, Megan Reid, and Andre Walsh provide a wealth of experience to the Hawks.

Mines’ role at Maryland Eastern Shore will be an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, working with the sprinters, jumpers and mutli-event participants during the indoor and outdoor seasons, while also assisting cross country runners in the fall. Reid joins the team as a graduate assistant, pursuing a doctoral degree in food and agricultural sciences while assisting in both jumps and sprints. Walsh is a former All-American for the Hawks who returns to The Shore as a graduate student and track assistant. 

Mines enjoyed a fantastic career as a student-athlete for Christopher Newport University, where she won six NCAA All-American honors for track, ultimately earning an induction into CNU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. In her professional career Mines became a fixture in Virginia’s track and field scene, serving as the head coach for J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia from 2012-2017. Under her leadership the Tigers girls’ team won their first conference title, and Mines benefited with a pair of Coach of the Year accolades. Mines cracked the college coaching circuit recently as an Assistant Volunteer Coach with Virginia Commonwealth University.


 

 

She is a member of several committees, including the United States Track & Field Association and the Virginia Track Coaches Association.

Reid hails from Manchester, Jamaica where she competed as a jumper and relay runner for Holmwood Technical High School before continuing her athletic and academic career at the University of Technology in her home country, competing under the tutelage of world-renowned coach Stephen Francis. After earning her degree in nutrition and product development, she traveled up to The Shore where she completed a master’s degree in education.

Andre Walsh returns to the school where he cemented an incredible athletic legacy
Andre Walsh returns to the
school where he cemented
an incredible athletic legacy

While embarking on her doctorate, Reid hopes to concentrate on two key areas—food product development and education extension in nutrition. She hopes to apply this knowledge to diabetic patients in the future with hopes of regulating blood sugar levels and hypertension. In addition to her assistance in coaching, Reid aspires to aid athletes with their nutritional intake.

Walsh hardly needs an introduction to the Maryland Eastern Shore community. Over a stellar Hawk career he won a trio of All-American honors and was twice named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year. He still possesses four records from his tenure—the 60 meter and 200 meter dashes for indoor track, and the 400 meter hurdles and a leg of the 4x100 meter relay for outdoor track.

Health concerns cut Walsh’s running career short, so he returns to The Shore to further his studies. While mainly working in compliance alongside Associate Athletic Director Neema Connor, he will also lend his talents to track & field, helping Drummond in all aspects of the program.

The indoor track team got off to a solid start for 2017-18 and will resume their schedule in mid-January. Outdoor season will begin in March.  

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