OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University Men's Track & Field Head Coach Warren Mandrell has announced the addition of former Miami standout student-athlete Jordan Goffena to the RedHawks' coaching staff. Goffena, who competed in the decathlon and the high hurdles during his time at Miami, rejoins the team as an assistant coach for the 2013 season, helping out primarily with throws, pole vault and multi-events. He replaces his old coach, Ceith Creekmur, who took a similar position at Michigan State.
"Jordan was an exceptional athlete for us," Mandrell said. "Since he was a decathlete, he has a lot of experience with a lot of different events. He was an NCAA first-round qualifier and was also an Academic All-American so he brings a lot of what we expect from our athletes to the picture."
Goffena spent two years competing at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo before transferring to Miami in 2010 for his final two seasons. As a junior, Goffena took third place in the decathlon at the Mid-American Conference Championships with a then personal-best 6,994 points. He also placed eighth in the heptathlon at the 2012 U.S. Indoor Combined Events Track & Field Championships while he set Miami's school record in the heptathlon with 5,421 points earlier that indoor season.
During his senior campaign, Goffena started the season out strong with a personal-best time of 14.23 in the 110m hurdles. He later qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in the 110m hurdles where he finished in 36th place with a wind-aided time of 14.14. The clocking of 14.14 seconds ranks Goffena second on the Miami all-time top 10 list for the 110m hurdles.
As a senior in the decathlon, Goffena took first place and recorded a personal-best score of 7,314 points at the All-Ohio Championships. His score of 7,314 points puts Goffena third on Miami's all-time top 10 list for the decathlon. At the 2012 MAC Championships, Goffena placed second in the decathlon with 7,215 points, earning him Second-Team All-MAC honors. He was a two-time MAC Field Athlete of the Week and two-time MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week as a senior, as well, while also garnering All-Academic Team honors from the USTFCCCA following the season.
"I wanted to go into college coaching," Goffena said. "I wanted to coach track and field. Being able to coach at my alma mater is nice. I know the guys. I know my teammates. I know how they act and what they represent."
Goffena's senior capstone article, "Athletic Constructivism and Kinesthetic Inquiry," was published in the February edition of the USTFCCCA's Techniques Magazine. Goffena recently received his Level 1 coaching certification from USA Track & Field.
Goffena was born and raised in Sidney, Ohio and is currently finishing up his undergraduate degrees from Miami in zoology and life science education.