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Karim Abdel Wahab
Karim  Abdel Wahab

Assistant Coach - Sprints & Hurdles


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

Abdel Wahab is beginning his seventh season with the Rams, coaching the sprints, hurdles and relays for the multi-events. Abdel Wahab is also the track & field liaison for student-athlete academic success.


In the last six seasons with the Rams, Abdel Wahab coached multiple Mountain West Conference champions, all-conference and conference finalists, as well as multiple qualifiers to the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships and five All-America honors. He coached his athletes to nine new school records (women's indoor 200-meter dash, women's indoor 400m, women's indoor 4x400 relay, women's outdoor 4x100 relay, women's outdoor 100m hurdles, men's indoor 60m hurdles, men's outdoor 110m hurdles, men's outdoor 400m hurdles and men's outdoor 4x400 relay).

In 2016, Abdel Wahab coached the women’s sprints, hurdles and relays group to contribute in winning the indoor and outdoor Mountain West Conference championships. He coached Leah Fair to the 200m indoor school record of 23.71, Emily Romo to a conference title and school record in the indoor 400m (53.78), the women’s 4x400 to a school record for the third consecutive time (consisting of Emily Romo, Amoni Ashby, Mariah Witt and Abby Simpson). During the 2016 outdoor season, Abdel Wahab coached Lorenda Holston to break the 19-year-old 100m hurdles school record (13.26) with an all-conference finish in the event.

In 2015, Abdel Wahab coached the men’s and women’s sprints and hurdles groups to help the men’s and women’s teams to win the Mountain West Outdoor Championships for the first time in school history. Abdel Wahab led the women's 4x100-meter relay to a school record and a conference champions (consisting of Lettia Wilson, Abby Simpson, Leah Fair and Lorenda Holston), Leah Fair to a 200m indoor conference title and Emily Romo to a 400m outdoor conference title.

In 2014, Abdel Wahab led the men's sprints and hurdles squad to break a 38-year old outdoor 4x400-meter relay school record (consisting of Robert Wasinger, Trevor Brown, Zach Browning and Travlor Skudneski), as well as school records by Trevor Brown in the men's 60-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

Abdel Wahab coached former student-athlete Trevor Brown to five All-America honors in the hurdles events. Brown set school and Mountain West records in the indoor 60-meter hurdles (7.73) and outdoor 110-meter hurdles (13.55). In 2014, Brown broke the 41-year old 400-meter hurdles school record, lowering it from 50.50 to 49.64, which is the second-best performance in the history of the Mountain West.


Janay DeLoach:

  • Third place at the 2016 Olympic trials in the long jump (6.93m), qualified to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games ending up at 13th.
  • Fourth place, finalist at the 2016 World Indoor Championship in the long jump (6.89m).
  • Fourth place, finalist at the 60m hurdles at the 2016 US indoors championship with a season best of (7.85).
  • Third place in the women’s long jump at the 2015 U.S. National Outdoor Championships and a season-best 6.95m jump.
  • Eighth place at the 2015 World Outdoor Championships and a personal record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at 12.84.
  • Abdel Wahab was a personal coach for Janay DeLoach at the 2015 Beijing World Outdoor Championships, 2016 Portland World Indoor Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

Josanne Lucas: Abdel Wahab coached Lucas, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, to a seventh-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to national champion honors in the 400-meter dash during the 2015 outdoor season.

Egyptian national team: A native of Egypt, Abdel Wahab coached all of the men’s national records in the sprints events:

  • Amr Seoud, national record holder in the 100-meter dash (10.13 in 2011) and the 200-meter dash (20.36 in 2010).
  • Anas Beshr, national record holder in the 400-meter dash (45.40 in 2016) qualifying to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Abdel Wahab represented Egypt as a team coach at the 2010 African Championships, 2011 World Outdoor Championships, 2012 World Indoor Championships, 2012 London Olympic Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


Prior to joining the Rams, Abdel Wahab spent four years as the sprints and hurdles coach at the University of Northern Colorado. With the Bears, he helped track team members set school records in the women's indoor 60-meter dash, the women's indoor 55-meter and 60-meter hurdles as well as the men's indoor 200-meter dash. Additionally, Abdel Wahab coached several Big Sky Conference winners and finalists in the sprints, high hurdles and 4x100-meter relays. Abdel Wahab helped the Bears' 100-and 200-meter men's sprinters to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in Northern Colorado's Division I history.

Before working with UNC, Abdel Wahab was a volunteer assistant for two years as the assistant coach for sprints and hurdles at the Colorado School of Mines. While there, Abdel Wahab helped the top male sprinter, Michael Curl, set a school record in the indoor 60-meter dash.


A native of Egypt, Abdel Wahab graduated from Helwan University in Cairo in 2002 with a degree in sports and exercise science. He is also a Level I USATF Coach, ISSA Fitness Trainer and ISSA Fitness Therapist.


  • An article titled "A Methodical Approach for Developing High Hurdlers" which was published in the November 2013 issue of the USATFCCCA Magazine, "Techniques"
  • In 2014, Abdel Wahab developed a high hurdle coaching instructional DVD with Championship Productions titled "Curriculum Guide for the Hurdles" 
  • An article titled “The Importance of Proper Posture and the Quality of Stiffness in Sprinting” published in February 2016 in “Techniques” 


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


Karim, his wife, Katie Foltz of Westminster, Colo., and their three children reside in Fort Collins, Colo.

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