Anthony Acklin

Anthony  Acklin

Glassboro, N.J.

Assistant Coach | Sprints, Hurdles

Alma Mater:
Southern Illinois, 2006

1st Season (2015-16)


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Updated 8/28/15

Anthony Acklin was hired in August 2015 as a member of Connie Price-Smith's first Ole Miss staff and serves as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles.

He comes to Oxford after serving one year in the same role under Price-Smith at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University.

In 2015, Acklin's young Saluki sprinters showed significant improvement from previous years. Freshman Mystique Thompson took SIU's record book by storm, clocking in the third-best 60 meter time (7.55), fifth-best indoor 200 (24.74), fourth-best 100 (11.66) and seventh-best outdoor 200 (24.11) in school history. Acklin was also able to get production out of 100 and 200-meter sprinter Tyrone Echols, All-MVC hurdler Remy Abrought, 400-meter All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree Nikolai Gall, 400-meter sophomore Jessica Jump and utility man Kemar Jones. In his lone season in Carbondale, Acklin sent three of his sprinters to the NCAA West Regional in Thompson, Gall and Abrought.

Acklin came back to Carbondale after two successful stints as an assistant coach at the NJCAA level at Iowa Central Community College (2009-14) and Rend Lake College (2006-09).

At Iowa Central, Acklin was part of seven NJCAA National Championship teams with the Tritons - one of the top junior college track programs in the country. While on staff, the Triton men won the indoor national title three times (2011, 2012, 2014) and the women won three indoor titles (2010, 2012, 2014) and one outdoor title (2013). With Iowa Central, Acklin was named the NJCAA Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year three times -- most recently in 2014 with the Triton women. In 2011 alone, Acklin coached three Triton male hurdlers who ran 13.90 seconds or faster in the 110-meter hurdles at the national meet outdoors, and among them they won both the 110 and 400 hurdle titles that year.

Acklin had similar success with Rend Lake in his three seasons in Ina, Ill. The Warriors swept both the men's and women's indoor NJCAA national titles in 2008 with Acklin on staff - the only two national titles in Rend Lake track history.

In eight years as an assistant coach at the junior college level, Acklin produced 97 All-Americans and 43 NJCAA National Champions.

Some of Acklin's most prominent pupils have gone on to compete for their own national teams. At Iowa Central, Acklin coached four national team members: Adriana Bradford (USA, 2010), Nathan Arnett (Bahamas, 2010-11), Teshon Adderley (Bahamas, 2012) and Reyare Thomas (Trinidad and Tobago, 2011-12). Bradford was a member of Team USA for the 2010 Thorp Cup; Arnett, an eventual DI transfer to Mississippi State, was the 2010 Bahamian 400 meter hurdle runner-up and NACAC team member; Adderley, who later transferred to Minnesota, was a member of the Bahamian CAC and World Junior Team; and Thomas, who eventually transferred to Abilene Christian, represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.

Acklin's most famous pupil, though, is Olympic silver medalist Ryan Bailey. Acklin coached Bailey at Rend Lake, where Bailey won two individual NJCAA titles (indoor 55 meter dash, outdoor 100 meter dash). In the 2012 London Games, Bailey was the anchor on the American 4x100-meter relay with Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Trell Kimmons that won silver and broke the all-time U.S. record in 37.04, finishing second to Usain Bolt's Jamaican team. Bailey was also a finalist in the 100, where he finished fifth.

Acklin is a 2006 SIU graduate with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and was a three-time MVC Champion for the Salukis on the track from 2004-06, with 110-meter hurdle titles in 2005 and 2006 and a 4x100-meter relay crown in 2006. He still ranks high in the SIU record books in the 110-meter hurdles (13.68) and the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.92). That 110-meter time finished as the sixth-best in the NCAA in 2006.

Before SIU, Acklin was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Wallace State Community College. He is a native of Glassboro, New Jersey, where he went to Triton Regional High School and was inducted into Triton's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. As of Feb. 2015, Acklin is a USATF Level III and IAAF Level V certified coach in sprints and hurdles, the highest possible certification.

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