Abdel Wahab is beginning his fourth season with Colorado State, coaching the sprints, hurdles, and relays, as well as being the liaison between TheCenter For Student Athlete Academic Success and the Track and Field team.
In the last three seasons with the Rams, Abdel Wahab coached multiple All-Conference and Conference finalists during the indoor and outdoor seasons, as well as multiple qualifiers to the preliminary round of the NCAA Championship. Abdel Wahab's biggest achievement so far with the Rams is coaching student athlete, Trevor Brown, to new school and conference records in the 60m hurdles indoors (7.77 sec), and 110m hurdles outdoors (13.75 sec). Brown also broke the Mountain West Conference meet records indoors and outdoors in the high hurdles. In 2012 Abdel Wahab coached Brown to 15th place and a second team All-American in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championship. In 2013 Brown placed 8th, receiving First Team All-American Honors in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championship.
World Class Coaching Experience
In February of 2010 Egypt asked Abdel Wahab to be the personal coach of Amr Seoud, the Egyptian record holder in the men's 100- and 200-meters. Under Abdel Wahab, Seoud managed to break two national records in the 100m (10.13 sec) and in the 200m (20.36 sec). Seoud managed to win the 200m at the 2010 African Championship, 100m at the 2011 African games,qualify to the semifinal of the 200m at the 2011 World Outdoor Championship and qualify to the semifinal at the indoor World Championship 2012 in the 60m. In 2013 Abdel Wahab coached the Egyptian 400m national champion, Anas Beshr, to a new national record in the 400m (45.79 sec) and a second place finisher at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. Abdel Wahab represented Egypt as a team coach in the 2010 African Championship, 2011 at the World Outdoor Championship, 2012 in the World Indoor Championship, and the 2012 London Olympic Games. Most recently Abdel Wahab started working with Josanne Lucas from Trinidad and Tobago, in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Lucas was third in the 400m hurdles at the 2009 World Championship, and holds PRs of 53.2sec in the 400m hurdles, and 12.96sec in the 100m hurdles. Currently Lucas is volunteer assistant for the Rams, helping Abdel Wahab coach the hurdlers.
Previous College Coaching Experience
Prior to being with the Rams, Abdel Wahab spent 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-and 200-meter men's sprinters to qualify for the NCAA regional championship for the first time in Northern Colorado's Division I history. Before working with the UNC Bears, Abdel Wahab was a volunteered for two years as the assistant coach for the sprints and hurdles team at Colorado School of Mines, helping the top Ore Diggers male sprinter, Michael Curl, set a school record in the indoor 60m dash.
A native of Egypt, Abdel Wahab graduated from Helwan University in Cairo in 2002 with a degree in sports and exercise science. Level I USATF Coach, ISSA Fitness Trainer, and ISSA Fitness Therapist.
Abdel Wahab authored an article titled "A Methodical Approach for Developing High Hurdlers", discussing high hurdle training in depth, which was published in the November 2013 issue of the USATFCCCA Magazine, "Techniques". He also hasa high hurdle instructional DVD coming out in the spring of 2014 with Championship Productions.
Karim and his wife Katie have two daughters and a son, 11-year-old Lina, 7-year-old Eman and 4-year-old Makeen.