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Ben Yocum
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Alma Mater: South Carolina
Graduating Year: 2003
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Yocum begins his seventh year at the College of Charleston working primarily with throwers, hurdles and multi-event groups.

Last season, coach Yocum's athletes were responsible for 18 of the Cougars' 45 points at the CAA Championships, with three student-athletes in the multi-events scoring a combined 11 points, while three javelin throwers were responsible for putting up seven points. Prior to that, Yocum helped guide Tiffany Sisk to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association titles in the shot put, giving The College two of its first three conference titles after moving up from the Southern Conference. Between his multi-eventers and his throwers, 39 Top-10 performers have emerged across the indoor and outdoor seasons in the last two seasons alone under his tutelage.

Yocum also coached Sisk -- the school record holder -- to a Southern Conference title in the shot put during the 2012 outdoor season, as well as Christine Klinar, who finished second in the SoCon in the javelin. Sisk would go on to qualify for the 2015 NCAA Preliminaries, where she finished 26th in the shot put with a distance of 14.94m

Yocum spent 2009-10 working with the University of South Carolina Track and Field team.  He assisted the staff with all administrative duties including the preparation for and execution of training sessions, equipment for practice and competition ordering, inventory, issues and storage.  He also managed home meets for Track and Field as well as Cross Country events.

From 2006-08 Yocum was an assistant coach at Benedict, working primarily with the pole vault and throws.  He also designed and implemented the strength training program for the track and field athletes.  The Charlotte, N.C. native coached two conference champions and three all-conference athletes.

Yocum was a member of the Appalachian State Track and Field team as a freshman in 2000, where he was an All-Conference member in the decathlon.  He transferred to South Carolina and competed for three seasons, specializing in the decathlon and pentathlon.  While there he was a Southeastern Conference three-time Scholar-Athlete, three-time letter winner and Iron Gamecock award winner.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from USC in 2003.

Yocum has earned a USATF Level 1 certification as well as a Level II in Jumps. He is also a USTFCCCA certified throws coach.

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