Damion Drummond
Damion  Drummond

Head Coach

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has announced the appointment of alumnus and former assistant coach Damion Drummond to the position of the head coach for The Shore’s track and field and cross country programs on Thursday, August 24th.

A graduate of the class of 2006, Drummond brings more than a decade of coaching experience to his alma mater. Most recently Drummond was the head coach of Route 13 rival Delaware State, a post he has held since 2015.

During his time in Dover, Drummond helped orchestrate a revamp of the Hornets’ track & field program. This culminated in his program receiving the 2017 Hornet Cup, which is awarded to the top athletic program that excels on campus and within the surrounding community through academic achievement, sport performance, campus stewardship, community services and volunteerism.

Prior to Delaware State, Drummond’s first collegiate head coaching experience was one season at the helm of the Lincoln University Lions in Pennsylvania, where he led the women’s cross country team to the school’s first CIAA title since being classified in Division II. Supervising two coaches and 40 student-athletes, Drummond also helped steer the Lions’ women’s team to All-Academic distinction from the United States Track & Field Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), along with providing Lincoln with its 2015 salutatorian from the men’s team.

However, these experiences as a head coach elsewhere do not mean Drummond has been a stranger to The Shore since his graduation. He served as a graduate and volunteer assistant from 2006-2009, and was on the staff as the Hawks enjoyed a successful campaign during the late 2000s, resulting in three cross country championships and a co-championship for the women at the 2008 MEAC Indoor Championships.

Drummond also served as coach of nearby Washington High School during the 2009-2010 school year, coaching the Jaguars to two regional titles with one individual state champion and 12 regional champions.

Drummond channeled his success at Maryland Eastern Shore into successful assistantships at Mount Mercy University in Iowa and Hampton University, where he aided an already successful Pirates program to multiple MEAC Championships.

The move to The Shore will be big for Drummond, who will take over programs that have a history of success on both the men’s and women’s side, but have the potential to do even more. The Hawks also have the benefit of an indoor track in the Hytche Athletic Center and will also open a brand new outdoor track this season, which will be a strong recruiting tool.

A native of New York by way of Jamaica, Drummond originally enrolled at the University of Tennessee —where he won SEC team titles for indoor and outdoor track — before transferring to Maryland Eastern Shore. He was an All-MEAC selection as a mid-distance runner for the Hawks, setting MEAC Championship records in the 800 meters during both the indoor and outdoor season along with assisting in setting the school’s distance medley relay record which stood for 14 years until being broken this past season.

Drummond turned semi-pro after his collegiate racing career ended. He specialized in the 800m run, taking numerous 3rd place finishes at national events, along with a 4th place finish in the 2004 Olympic Trials where he represented Jamaica.

He graduated from Maryland Eastern Shore with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2006 and a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2008.

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