Boyce Named Valley Coach of the Year
Brent Hobbs has helped the Bears take great strides in field events the past four seasons. Now entering his fifth season at Missouri State, Hobbs primarily oversees the Bears' jumpers, throwers, multi-event and pole vault athletes.
During the 2011 season, Hobbs coached three all-MVC performer, as well as helped train three of Missouri State's four NCAA regional qualifiers in Kimsue Grant, Jeláni Kelly and Jordan Bond. Grant finished 22nd overall in the West Region in the triple jump; Bond finished 34th overall in the West Region in the triple jump, and Kelly finished 35th in the West Region in the discus. Through Hobbs' coaching, Kelly has become the No. 1 all-time performer at MSU in the weight throw, No. 2 in shot-put and No. 3 in the discus. Grant is now No. 3 all-time in the triple jump and No. 6 all-time in the long jump. Bond now ranks No. 6 all-time in the triple jump. Grant, Kelly and Bond's success showed even greater improvement over an already stellar 2010 season.
In 2010, Hobbs coached three all-MVC performers and one of the Bears' two NCAA Regional Qualifiers in Grant. Grant qualified in the triple jump, the event in which she earned all-MVC honors, while etching her name in the Missouri State track and field history books. Hobbs also helped Jeláni Kelly become one of the top throwers in Bears' history with her 2010 performances. In 2010, Hobbs helped Kelly become a top-five all-time performer in the indoor shot put, the indoor weight throw and the outdoor shot put. Combine those marks with her achievements from 2009, and Kelly is a top-five all-time performer in five events in her two seasons working with Hobbs.
He had a very impressive inaugural season with the Bears in 2008. Hobbs helped Kelly to become MSU's first-ever NCAA Regional Qualifier, as well as its first-ever USA Junior National Qualifier, in the throws. He also helped Mareneika Goffe become an MVC outdoor champion and NCAA Regional Qualifier in the high jump. Under his direction, the Bears had two top-three high jump finishers at the MVC Championship for the first time in school history, as well as the second-ever MSU high jumper at the NCAA Regional meet.
Hobbs came to Springfield from Western Carolina University where he served as an assistant coach working with the shot put, weight, discus, hammer, jump and multi- events. His highly successful two-year stint with the Catamounts saw his athletes earn 26 all-Southern Conference honors, including five conference individual titles and three NCAA Regional Qualifiers.
Hobbs is no stranger to team success as Western Carolina's program took team titles four times; two for men and two for women, during his time in Cullowhee. Included among that team success was Western's sweep of the conference's men's and women's indoor team titles in 2008.
As an athlete, Hobbs attended Clemson University where he was a standout on the Tiger Track & Field team. A seven-time All-ACC performer, three-time NCAA qualifier in the decathlon, three-time NCAA qualifier in the heptathlon, two-time NCAA regional qualifier in the 110 hurdles and All-American honors in the heptathlon top his major accomplishments. He was also a Nike All-American while attending Don Bosco Prep.
A native of Stony Point, N.Y., Hobbs earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in athletic leadership from Clemson. He also completed his master's in health and human performance at Western Carolina.