Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State cross country and track and field programs welcomed two new assistant coaches and elevated Alex Midgett last week.
Midgett was promoted to the women’s assistant cross country and distance coach after serving as the operations assistant. She will work with head coach Bob Braman, who will be the head coach for both men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.
Doug Reynolds comes to Tallahassee with a wealth of coaching experience and will be the assistant throws coach, while 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Leevan Sands will serve as the assistant jumps coach.
Midgett starts her first season as the women’s cross country and distance assistant coach after serving as the operations assistant since 2018. In 2022, she will start her second season as the assistant distance coach for the women’s track and field program.
“I’m so excited to promote Alex to our full-time women’s assistant cross country and distance coach,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “She’s worked with us for five years, so she’s truly prepared for this role. Alex knows our team better than anyone, so it’s a great transition for our program for the two of us to coach the ladies together.”
Before assuming this role in her sixth year on the FSU staff, she served as a volunteer assistant coach from 2016-18 before moving into the operations position.
Midgett was also the camp director for two years for the Seminole Trails Running Camp.
In addition to this role, Midgett worked as the General Manager at Capital City Runners LLC for one year. She also coached at a six-week running camp hosted by Gulf Winds Track Club where she led elementary- to high school-age students in warm-ups and trail runs.
Outside of coaching, Midgett started a run-specialty department at Trail and Ski in Tallahassee, which has now grown into Cadence Running.
Midgett graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a degree in exercise physiology. She competed for four seasons on the cross country and track & field programs. She earned an ACC Honor Roll selection all four years and recorded personal bests in each of her last four meets as a collegiate athlete.
A native of Orange Park, Fla., Midgett ran XC and track in high school and still holds three school records in the 300m hurdles and as a part of the 4×800 and 4×400 relays.
“I am so grateful for this new role and opportunity to continue working with such a talented group of athletes and support staff,” Midgett said. “Over the years, I have been fortunate to see this team grow and develop into something truly special. My goal is to further build upon the team values and success that my mentor, Coach Kelly Phillips, built during her time here,”
“We have an amazing team culture,” Midgett added. “They all challenge each other to be better. Big things are coming this season and I am very excited to get to work. Go Noles!”
Reynolds joins FSU after serving as the head coach of the track & field and cross country programs at New Mexico State University from 2017-2021.
“I’m excited and honored to join Coach Braman and his outstanding coaching staff as we continue to push Florida State University to new levels of excellence,” Reynolds said. “The history and tradition here at FSU make it one of the most premier programs in the NCAA, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued legacy of the program.”
Reynolds was named the Mountain Region Coach of the Year in 2020 after he led the women’s indoor team to the first ever WAC Championship in program history.
In his first season at the helm, Reynolds led the Aggies to the second WAC XC title in school history in 2017.
Before becoming a head coach, Reynolds had several stints as an assistant at various schools in the SEC.
Under his direction at Alabama, the men’s discus team swept the medals at the 2016 SEC Outdoor Championships for the first time in program history.
Reynolds earned the South Region Assistant Coach of the Year award from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2014 after impressive performances by his squad that year.
At the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships, the Tide took home the gold and silver medals in the weight throw. The season was capped off with Hayden Reed winning the discus title at the NCAA Outdoor Championship and USA Track & Field meets.
Reynolds also spent six years at the University of Kentucky where his program won nine SEC event titles and set seven program records.
Under Reynolds’ guidance, his athletes took home two SEC Commissioners Cups and Ashley Muffett was named the 2009 SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year.
In his first season with the Wildcats, Reynolds was named the 2006 NCAA Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year.
Before assuming this position, Reynolds coached at the University of Arizona, Boise State University, and the University of Kansas.
During his career as an assistant, Reynolds coached four NCAA champions, a collegiate record holder, 50 All-Americans, 25 conference champions and 79 all-conference performers.
Three of Reynolds’ athletes (Jarred Rome – USA / Scott Russell – CAN / Rachel Dincoff – USA) have gone on to compete in Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships. Most recently, Dincoff competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the discus.
Reynolds graduated from the University of Arizona where he was the Pac-12 champion in discus and earned a No. 1 NCAA ranking. In 1999 and 2003, Reynolds represented the United States at the Pan American Games where he was a finalist both years for discus. He earned a No. 3 ranking in the country and No. 10 ranking in the world in discus during his career.
“Doug is truly one of the top throws coaches in the country,” Braman said. “He’s worked with World Championship and Olympic finalists and has countless NCAA All-Americans. I’m extremely excited for the future of our throws program. Under Doug’s leadership, they will be a power event area for us at the national level.”
Reynolds and his wife Tracy have three children, Sadie (12), Owen (8), and Brandtly (6).
Leevan Sands joins the FSU track and field program after previously serving as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Northern Colorado for two years.
Before turning to coaching, Sands enjoyed a 13-year professional career that was highlighted by winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the triple jump, while representing the Bahamas.
“Leevan is one of the most talented young jump coaches in the country,” Braman said. “He’s been one of the world’s best triple jumpers for a generation, having made four Olympic teams,”
“Leevan had an immediate impact at Northern Colorado,” Braman added. “He will be a great coach for our talented jumps program.”
He was also the CEO of Sands Pro Apparel for four years and co-owner of Sno Bix and Sand Pit Snacks.
Sands is a four-time Olympian and 12-time Bahamas national champion. He currently holds the Bahamian national record in the triple jump (17.59) for outdoor and the long jump (8.10) in indoor.
He also won the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games and bronze medals from the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2003 World Championships, and the 2015 North American, Central American, and Caribbean Championships.
Sands took on the role of a spokesperson for the Bahamas in 2008 and helped mentor kids from his home country, including the 2016 NCAA triple jump champion.
Sands served as a volunteer assistant at Auburn High School in Opelika, Alabama, for two seasons where he helped produce two state champions in addition to the No. 3 triple jumper in the country. He also coached local junior basketball and youth baseball teams.
Sands graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a degree in adult education. He was the 2003 NCAA long jump champion and the NCAA triple jump champion in 2004.
In 2004, Sands was named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Prior to his collegiate career, Sands was the Gatorade Athlete of the Year after winning gold in the long, triple, and high jump at the High School National Championships in 1999. He was also the indoor high school champ in the long and triple jump where he set the record in the triple jump (52’8”).
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an amazing track and field program,” Sands said. “FSU has a great history of cultivating top athletes and my goal is to continue this tradition. Thank you to Coach Braman and staff for this outstanding opportunity.”
The (RV/19) cross country teams will be in action on Sept. 17 at the Apalachee Regional Park for the FSU XC Open. The men’s 8k will start at 7:40 a.m. and the women’s 6k will follow at 8:10 a.m. For more information on FSU track &f field and cross country, follow Twitter @FSU_Track and Instagram @FSU_Track.