Melian wins women's 5,000-meters with head-turning performance
Stony Brook University cross country and track and field head coach Andy RonannamedHoward Powell as an assistant men's and women's track and field coach in 2013. Powell joins the Seawolves after serving four consecutive seasons as the assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
At Williams, Powell worked as a day-to-day coach, creating both event specific training and lifting regimens. His expertise in biomechanics, strength and conditioning and performance helped his former athletes to achieve personal bests and championship titles. In just two years, Powell coached five program record holders, eight NCAA Division III All-Americans, 16 NCAA championship qualifiers and a number of NESCAC conference champions.
Prior to his tenure at Williams, Powell began his coaching career at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., working under his high school coach and mentor, James Jackson. While at Boys and Girls, he coached a Public Athletic School League (PSAL) Brooklyn Borough champion, several runner-up performers and more than a dozen NYS City State qualifiers.
Powell graduated from Wheaton College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in history. He was also a standout athlete during his four-year career, where he attained an All-America honor in the 110m hurdles. He set two school records in the 55m and 110m hurdles and won a number of conference titles. In 2007, he was named USTFCCCA NCAA Division III New England Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year.
His academic accolades include the Wheaton College's Dean Sue Alexander Athlete Award, Helene Pruzynski Leadership Award and the Caroline Culter Metcalf Leadership Award.
Powell is USTFCCCA Level 1 Technical certified in sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps and combined events. He is also certified as a USTFCCCA jumps specialist.