Doug Blackwell
Doug Blackwell

Hometown:
Clinton, Miss.

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Mississippi College, 1973

Associate head coach Doug Blackwell came to Ole Miss in 1988 when Joe Walker returned as head coach. Since then, the duo has been committed to developing teams that are world class competitors on and off the track.

Blackwell has coached a long line of successful athletes including: Stacy Hudson, the first female All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, Teneeshia Jones, the first SEC champion in the 100-meter hurdles and Kyle Lewis, an All-SEC Cross Country selection. Overall, Blackwell has coached 19 Rebel men and women to All-America honors since joining the Ole Miss coaching staff and many more to All-SEC honors and high rankings in the school record books.

Blackwell's most recent successes include 2010 3,000 meter steeplechase champion and All-SEC cross country athlete Martin Kirui, 2010 SEC All-Freshman pole vaulter Neal Tisher and Barnabas Kirui, the most decorated distance runner in school history. Kirui is a three-time SEC Cross Country Champion and winner of what is often referred to as the triple crown of distance running (3,000 meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters) at the 2007 SEC outdoor championships. He also captured the 3,000 meter steeplechase title at the NCAA national meet. All total, Kirui won one NCAA title, three SEC cross country titles and four SEC track and field titles. He was also a three-time SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Year, two-time SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year, two-time SEC Commissioner's Trophy recipient and two-time All-American.

Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Blackwell enjoyed a stellar 16-year coaching career on the prep level, producing eight high school All-Americans and 15 state champions.

His teams at Greenville High School in the early 1980s still rank among the most dominant in the history of Mississippi high school track and field, highlighted by his 1982 team that scored 54 points under the old 6-4-2-1 scoring system. His undefeated 1982 Greenville team included three sub-1:51 800-meter runners (Tony Gines, Regal Perry and Othena Redfield), as well as Perry Cartlidge, who went on to become an All-SEC performer at Ole Miss.

While coaching at the high school level in Florida, Blackwell molded Ken Cheeseman, who still holds the state meet record in the mile and ranks second on Florida's all-time best list in the mile.

Blackwell began his coaching career as the head men's cross country and track coach at Moss Point (Miss.) High School in 1973-1974. He then left the coaching profession briefly to earn his master's degree in Education from Mississippi College in 1975.

Blackwell returned to the coaching ranks in 1977 as the head coach of the men's cross country and women's track teams at Biloxi (Miss.) High. Blackwell then moved to Greenville (Miss.) High as the head coach of the men's track team and assistant football coach in 1979. From 1982 until he came to Ole Miss in 1988, Blackwell coached at Lake Howell (Fla.) High.

As a Clinton High School athlete, Blackwell was one of Mississippi's best. Excelling in cross country, football, basketball and track, Blackwell went undefeated in the mile and set the state record his senior year.

A true believer in recruiting in-state athletes, Blackwell turned down a track scholarship to the University of Tennessee to attend Ole Miss. As a freshman, he was the fourth-place runner on the 1968 Ole Miss cross country team that was the SEC runner-up, and he also scored in the 880 yard run during the indoor season. As a transfer to Mississippi College, he became a Mississippi College Sports Hall of Fame Inductee in 1992 because of his contributions to the school in football and track. An All-Gulf South Conference selection and team captain, Blackwell once held all the school distance records.

Blackwell is married to the former Sarah E. Channell, an assistant professor and coordinator of elementary education in the School of Education at Ole Miss. They are the parents of Thomas, a former Ole Miss track athlete, and Genia, a former manager for the Ole Miss track and field team.

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