Oct. 11, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Olympic medalist and current world record
holder Kim Batten will join the Florida State track and field coaching
staff, coach Terry Long announced today.
“We are really excited to have someone of Kim’s stature join our
track and field staff,” said Long.
Batten’s career began in high school where she was a two-time
All-American before enrolling at FSU. At Florida State, Batten set the
school record for the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. She left FSU a
10-time All-American and the collegiate record holder for the 400m hurdles
with a time of 54:18.
Batten’s distinguished post collegiate career included a gold medal
performance in the 4 x 400 relay at the World Indoor Track and Field
Championships in 1993 and a gold medal at the World Outdoor Track and Field
Championships in the 400m hurdles in 1995. Batten is currently the world
record holder in the 400m hurdles, an event she won the silver medal in at
the 1996 Olympic Games.
As a six-time national champion in the 400m hurdles, who has been
ranked No. 1 in the United States for the past five years in the 400m
hurdles, Batten brings back to her alma mater the insight and knowledge of
what it takes to be a world class athlete.
“As a world champion and world record holder, Kim brings a very
unique perspective to the job,” said Long. “This is a great opportunity
for our athletes to learn from her as she will be working with both our men
and women in the areas of strength and training, sprints, relays and
Batten has been volunteering as a coach with the FSU track team in
her free time since she graduated in 1991 with a degree in social work.