Aug. 24, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State track & field Head Coach Brian Bedard announced Tuesday the hiring of Karim Abdel Wahab as the Rams’ assistant coach. Abdel Wahab takes over as the sprints and hurdles coach for John Carter, who resigned earlier this month.
“I am very excited to announce the hiring of Karim Abdel Wahab to coach the sprints and hurdles at Colorado State University,” said Bedard. “I have watched his work at the Colorado School of Mines and at the University of Northern Colorado and respect the job he has done at both institutions. Our staff has built a rapport with him over the years and we feel we are hiring not only a great coach with a passion for track and field, but also a friend. Karim will fit in well with the staff and athletes and hit the ground running with his coaching and recruiting athletes in the region and overseas.”
Abdel Wahab comes to Colorado State after four years as the sprints and hurdles coach at Northern Colorado. With the Bears, he helped the track team members set school records in the women’s indoor 60-meter dash, the women’s indoor 55- and 60-meter hurdles, and the men’s indoor 200-meter dash, as well as coaching several Big Sky Conference winners and finalists in the sprints, high hurdles and 4x100-meter relays.
Also with the Bears Abdel Wahab helped the first 100-meter and 200-meter men’s sprinters to qualify for the NCAA regional championship for the first time in Northern Colorado’s Division I history.
In February Abdel Wahab was asked by Egypt to coach the Egyptian record holder in the men’s 100 meters and 200 meters. He helped Amr Seoud set new national records in the events and Seoud won the 200-meter dash gold medal in the 2010 African championships with a new Egyptian and Arab record of 20.36 seconds, and he finished fourth in the 100 meters with a new Egyptian record of 10.18.
Prior to being with the Bears, Abdel Wahab spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for sprints and hurdles at the Colorado School of Mines. With the Orediggers, he designed training programs for the sprinters and high hurdlers and helped the top sprinter break the school record in the men’s indoor 60-meter dash.
Prior to coaching, Abdel Wahab worked as a technical programming director/coaches supervisor at XL'N Sports in Fort Collins. At XL'N he helped design and implement sports-specific training programs for high school, professional and college-level athletes in speed and power-dominated sports.
A native of Egypt, Abdel Wahab graduated from Helwan University in Cairo in 2002 with a degree in sports and exercise science. From 1996 through 2003, he served as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles for Al Gezira Sports Club in Cairo, where he helped develop and prepare Egyptian athletes for national and international competitions.
While a coach at Al Gezira, Abdel Wahab coached the Egyptian national record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles, the Egyptian men’s record-holder in the 100-meter dash and the under-20 women’s record holder in the 100-meter hurdles.
Karim and his wife Katie have two daughters and a son, 8-year-old Lina, 4-year-old Eman and 1-year-old Makeen.