Karim Abdel Wahab
Karim  Abdel Wahab

Asst. Coach - Sprints & Hurdles


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Contact Information: (970) 213-9497 | coachkarim@colostate.edu

Abdel Wahab is beginning his fifth season with Colorado State University Rams, coaching the sprints, hurdles, relays and the hurdles for the men and women multi events. Abdel Wahab is also the liaison between Student Athlete Academic Success and the Track and Field team.

Team Results with the Rams

In the last four seasons with the Rams, Abdel Wahab coached multiple Mountain West All-Conference and Conference finalists during the indoor and outdoor seasons, as well as multiple qualifiers to the preliminary round of the NCAA Championship and 5 times All American Honors.

The 2014 season was very special for Abdel Wahab with the Rams, as he led the men's team to break the 38 years old outdoor 4x400m relay school record, as well as new school records in the men's 60 hurdles, 110 hurdles and 400m hurdles.

Abdel Wahab's biggest achievement so far with the Rams is coaching student athlete Trevor Brown to 5 time All American Honors in the hurdles events. Brown set school and conference records in the 60m hurdles indoors (7.73 sec), and 110m hurdles outdoors (13.55 sec). Also in the 2014 Brown broke the 41 year old 400 hurdles school record lowering it from 50.50 sec to 49.64 sec, which is the second best performance in the history of the MW conference.

In 2014 Abdel Wahab coached Brown to the semifinal of the US national indoor championship in the 60m hurdles, 4th place at the US national outdoor championship in the 400 hurdles and a first place and a Gold medal for the United States at the 2014 under-23 NACAC meet in Canada in the 400m hurdles.

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 Bshr, to a new national record in the 400m (45.79 sec) and a second place finalist 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.

In November 2013 Abdel Wahab started working with Josanne Lucas from Trinidad and Tobago and coached her to a 7th place finalist in the women 100m hurdles at 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.
Most recently Abdel Wahab became the hurdles coach for Janay DeLoach, 2012 Olympics long jump Bronze medalist and 2014 world indoor championship 60m hurdles 5th place finalist for the US.

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." In the spring of 2014 Abdel Wahab developed a high hurdle coaching instructional DVD with Championship Productions titled "Curriculum Guide for the Hurdles."

Coaching Clinics and Camps
Abdel Wahab taught multiple coaching clinics and training camps in the sprints and hurdles in the US and Canada.


Karim and his Colorado native wife Katie Foltz reside in Fort Collins, CO. They have two daughters and a son, 12-year-old Lina, 8-year-old Eman and 5-year-old Makeen.
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