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Abdel Wahab is beginning his sixth season with the Rams, coaching the sprints, hurdles, relays and the hurdles for the men's and women's multi-events. Abdel Wahab is also the track & field liaison for Student Athlete Academic Success.
Team Results with the Rams
In the last five seasons with the Rams, Abdel Wahab coached multiple Mountain West Conference champions, All-Conference and conference finalists, as well as multiple qualifers to the preliminary round of the NCAA championships and five All-American honors.
2015 was a historic year for the Rams as they won the men's and women's outdoor Mountain West championships. The sprints and hurdles squad each put in their fair share to contribute to the overall team success, with Abdel Wahab coaching the women's indoor 4x400-meter relay team to a new school record (Emily Romo, Stephanie Gerber, Mariah Witt, Leah Fair), Leah Fair to a new school record and a conference championship in the indoor 200-meter dash, a new school record in the women's 4x100-meter relay and a conference championship (Lettia Wilson, Abby Simpson, Leah Fair, Lorenda Holston), Emily Romo to an outdoor 400-meter dash and conference championship, and Lorenda Holston to the quarterfinals of the NCAA West region in the 100-meter hurdles.
In 2014, Abdel Wahab led the men's sprints and hurdles squad to break a 38-year old outdoor 4x400-meter relay school record (Robert Wasinger, Trevor Brown, Zach Browning, Travlor Skudneski) , as well as new school records by Trevor Brown in the men's 60-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.
Abdel Wahab's biggest achievement to date is coaching former student-athlete Trevor Brown to five All-American honors in the hurdles events. Brown set school and Mountain West Conference 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 seconds to 49.64 seconds, which is the second-best performance in the history of the Mountain West Conference.
World Class Coaching Experience
Janay DeLoach: Abdel Wahab coached DeLoach to third place in the women’s long jump at the 2015 US national outdoor championships and a season-best 6.95-meter jump. He also coached her to eighth place at the 2015 world outdoor championships and a personal record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at 12.84 seconds.
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 (45.59 in 2015)
Previous College Coaching Experience
Before working with the UNC Bears, Abdel Wahab was a volunteer for two years as the assistant coach for the sprints and hurdles team at Colorado School of Mines, helping the top Orediggers' 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” to be published in February 2016 in “Techniques”
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