The Edward Waters University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Marquita Mines as the new Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach.
Mines comes to Jacksonville after spending two seasons as the assistant indoor/outdoor track & field coach at Division III Roanoke College. During her first indoor season, Mines mentored 13 top 8 finishers including an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Indoor Conference Champion in the high jump, two Third Team All-ODAC members, and 4 Maroons who claimed All-South Region honors. During the outdoor season she had 10 top 8 finishers including Two Third Team All-ODAC members. Her first year also saw 16 Maroons who recorded personal best performances
Prior to her time at Roanoke, Mines spent five seasons with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore coaching staff (2017-21) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, working with the sprinters, jumpers, and multi-event participants during the indoor and outdoor seasons, while also assisting cross country runners in the fall. While at UMES, Mines led several athletes to All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) finishes and All-East Region honors. She also coached the 2018 MEAC Outdoor Conference Champion in the Javelin.
Mines enjoyed a fantastic career as a student-athlete for Christopher Newport University, where she won six NCAA All-American honors for track and field, ultimately earning induction into CNU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
In her professional career Mines became a fixture in Virginia’s track and field scene, serving as the head coach for J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia from 2012-2017. Under her leadership, the Tigers girls’ team won their first conference title, and Mines earned a pair of Coach of the Year accolades. Mines cracked the college coaching circuit as an Assistant Volunteer Coach with Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mines received her undergraduate degree in Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports and Wellness Studies before obtaining a master’s degree in Sports Management with a certification in Athletic Administration for Southern New Hampshire University.
Mines is a member of several committees, including the United States Track & Field Association, USATF Women’s Commission, and the Virginia Track Coaches Association. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer with American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA) and a Certified Strength and Conditional Specialist with International Sports Science Association (ISSA).