Impressive Addition to WLU Track Staff
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. West Liberty University head track and field coach Justin Simpson has bolstered his coaching staff with the addition of 5-time NCAA Division II All-American Theo Mancheron as the Hilltoppers’ newest assistant coach.
“Theo is an outstanding athlete who has not only enjoyed great success in our sport but has been able to use that passion to fuel an impressive early coaching career,” Simpson said. “Having a full-time assistant on staff will have an incredibly positive impact on our program. Theo’s background in the decathlon and pole vault is a great fit for our current staff and he will also be working with our sprinters.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Theo on board and look forward to continuing to build this program past what many thought possible.”
Mancheron, a native of Saint Malo, France who competed collegiately at Tiffin (Ohio), finished second in the decathlon at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Nationals and earned All-America honors in the pole vault at the same meet. A 6-time GLIAC champion (indoor and outdoor) in the decathlon, heptathlon and pole vault at Tiffin, he was named Field Athlete of the Year at the 2015 GLIAC Indoor Championships when he won the pole vault and set a conference record in the heptathlon.
He played a key role in leading Tiffin to the 2016 NCAA Division II National Indoor Championship and was a student assistant coach in 2017 when the Dragons successfully defended that crown.
After graduating from Tiffin, Mancheron was hired as a full-time assistant with NAIA national track power Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla. Working with the Seahawks’ multis, sprints, hurdles and relays, Mancheron helped Keiser finish third at the 2018 NAIA Indoor Championships with seven student-athletes earning NAIA All-America honors.
Simpson’s new assistant, who has also competed internationally for the French National Team and posted a second-place finish in the 2015 French National Championships, was impressed by the potential he saw in the Black and Gold’s fast-rising program during the interview process.
“The team is growing fast and things are obviously headed in the right direction,” Mancheron said. “With the new track facility and dedicated coaches already in place, I’m very excited to start this new challenge as an assistant coach at WLU.”