June 6, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State track and field assistant jumps coach Dennis Nobles was named the Women’s National Assistant Coach of the Year in the jumps/vault category by the US Track and Field Coaches Association. This is the first year that such an award has been given out to assistant coaches at the national level. The US Track and Field Association honored assistant coaches in four different categories this season including sprints/hurdles, distance, throws, and jumps/vault on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Nobles is in his 18th season at Florida State and 19th year overall. During his time as a Seminole, Nobles has produced 18 All-Americans and 10 ACC champions on the women’s side in both indoor and outdoor competition. This year he guided Lacy Janson to back-to-back indoor and outdoor conference titles in the pole vault competition. Janson has broken school and conference records in each of her two seasons with the garnet and gold and captured her first NCAA indoor title in the pole vault under the direction of Coach Nobles. Senior Kim Jones has also prospered thanks to Coach Nobles in the long jump. She won the ACC Outdoor long jump title in 2003. He also coached Teresa Bundy to an NCAA national championship in the triple jump last season.
Coach Nobles graduated cum laude from Florida State’s School of Physical Education while also starring on the FSU track team as a pole vaulter from 1979-81. He obtained his master’s degree from FSU in exercise physiology in 1983 and is currently an instructor with the FSU P.E. department.