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Ben Yocum
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: South Carolina
Graduating Year: 2003

Yocum begins his fourth year at the College of Charleston working primarily with throwers, 100, 200, 100 hurdles and multi-event groups.

This past season, Yocum helped guide Tiffany Sisk to a Colonial Athletic Association title in the shot put, giving The College its first conference title after moving up from the Southern Conference.

Yocum also coached Sisk to a Southern Conference title in the shot put during the 2012 outdoor season.

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 vaults 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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