Brandon Hon has had quite an impact on the Florida State program since joining the track & field staff as an assistant for the 2013-14 academic year.
Through six seasons, including the last four as Director of Sprints, Hurdles and Relays, his core athletes – women’s sprinters and all hurdlers – have been instrumental in delivering the Noles 12 ACC team titles (seven men and five women), while excelling on the national stage.
FSU’s women have notched five top-20 NCAA Outdoor Championship finishes in six seasons, including their second top-10 finish (10th) in 2019.
The numbers produced by Hon’s athletes tell the story: 30 All-Americans (19 first-team), 16 ACC event champions, six program records and three ACC records.
Along the way they have re-written FSU’s indoor and outdoor top-10 lists. Including the six school record-holders, his athletes have produced 47 new entries across multiple events.
Hon has established himself as an elite recruiters, largely behind two of the nation’s top signing classes. His 2015 class which included Shauna Helps, Peta-Gay Williams and Shaquania Dorsett helped move the program forward and eventually land the 2017 class highlighted by national talents Trey Cunningham, Ka’Tia Seymour, Jayla Kirkland and Karimah Davis.
His work with the women’s hurdlers merits special attention. They own the top five 100-meter hurdle times in program history (six of the top 10), led by school record-holder Cortney Jones (12.72), who broke two-time Olympian Anne Zagre’s five-year-old record in 2019. Jones also tops the 60-meter hurdles list (8.02), which is comprised of seven of the top 10 under his guidance.
Cunningham, the World Junior 60-meter hurdles record-holder, matched the FSU and ACC records when he ran 7.53 for his second consecutive conference title in 2019. He is a three-time, first-team All-American in two seasons.
FSU’s women’s sprinters have also risen to heights comparable to the star-studded NCAA Championship teams from 1984 and 1985.
Seymour and Kirkland rank 1-2 all-time in the 100, and also the indoor 200. Seymour, a three-time ACC Championships Track MVP, also owns the ACC 100 record (11.11), which she established this past season. Teaming with Davis, Kirkland and Helps, Seymour anchored the 4×100 relay to an ACC record-smashing time of 43.13, placing seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In just two seasons Seymour has amassed seven individual All-American certificates to go along with a pair of relay certificates and six ACC individual titles. Her back-to-back 100-meter titles gives the Noles four consecutive, after Helps won the 2016 and 2017 titles. Helps (2016) and Seymour (2018) earned ACC Freshman of the Year honors.
So too did Cunningham, sweeping the 2018 indoor and outdoor ACC Freshman of the Year awards.
Hon’s work has not gone unnoticed as his peers selected him as the USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019.
Hon joined the Noles in from the University of Cincinnati where he spent 13 years as both a record-setting student-athlete and an assistant coach. The Cincinnati native spent seven years as a full-time assistant with the Bearcats, directing hurdlers and sprinters, while serving as the recruiting coordinator for his final two years. He was instrumental in developing 2008 Olympic silver medalist David Payne and multi-time All-American Terrence Sommerville in the 110-meter hurdles during his days at Cincinnati.
Prior to coaching, Hon enjoyed a record-setting collegiate experience as a hurdler with the Bearcats, setting the 60-meter hurdles record and winning the 2001 Conference USA title in the 400 hurdles as the team MVP. He also qualified for the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic Trials.
A 2002 Cincinnati graduate with a degree in criminal justice, he is married to the former Grace Murdock. They are the proud parents of a son, Zachary.