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UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:38 pm

I've followed the UCF Womens Track & Field team closely since Coach Caryl Gilbert Smith took over down in Orlando. She is such an outstanding coach and began building her program immediately with athletes such as Lizzie Harris, Brittany Long, and Jackie Coward. However, their buzz died down after two major transfers until last year, with her team winning a C-USA outdoor title.

I was wondering how long it would be before she would be able to turn UCF into a powerhouse, or even if she could but if this opening weekend showed a glimpse of what her team is looking to accomplish this year, I think UCF will be turning many heads. Two freshmen came opened their careers clocking school records (Dominique Booker 7.29, Aurieyall Scott 23.35) and a 6 second 4x400 school record of 3:40.1. Jackie opened strongly & is always so dangerous in the hurdles to go along with the talented freshmen and transfer class she brought in. With Lynne Lane (11.2, 22.9) also on the roster, theres no telling how far the team will go.

The addition of Octavious Freeman (11.1, 23.2), who verballed, would only strengthen their rise up the ranks should she not go pro (hopefully not, Im sure Coach Caryl can work wonders with her). I wish them luck and hope more athletes will buy into Coach Caryl's vision down at UCF because something very special is brewing there :wink: !!

Octavious Verbal: http://fl.milesplit.com/articles/57914

UCF Weekend Review: http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-t ... 11aaa.html
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby guru » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:50 pm

Glad you started this thread, since I was about to.

I watched with interest their results from UK last weekend. You have to take your hat off to Gilbert-Smith for the job she has done recruiting, leave aside coaching, since she arrived in Orlando. Granted, the school itself is large, but competing in Conference USA hardly has the cachet of the SEC schools when it comes to recruiting, especially in the southeast. They'll be interesting to follow over the next several seasons. And if Freeman actually signs next month watch out.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby vip » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:02 pm

I think the ultimate statement would be if UCF placed in the top 5 at the NCAA outdoors within 3-5 years. That would be quite an accomplishment against the Oregons of the world, although methinks Smith-Gilbert would need to do more than stockpile sprint talent (although that doesn't seem to be hurting Texas A&M).

And then, of course, that presents another problem: Smith-Gilbert leaving little 'ol UCF for the big bucks at a bigger school.

Apparently she's a fine coach and good communicator, and she'll continue to steal an All-American or two who's unwilling to deal with the pressure of a track powerhouse and wants the comfort of a smaller college.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby gm » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:17 pm

UCF is a goldmine. It is one of (if not THE) fastest-growing schools in the country, in a great location, with superb student facilities. In the right hands, given a little time, watch out.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby Marlow » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:07 pm

2Focused wrote:The addition of Octavious Freeman (11.1, 23.2), who verballed

Egad, how embarrassing. Was it something she ate?
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:00 pm

vip wrote:I think the ultimate statement would be if UCF placed in the top 5 at the NCAA outdoors within 3-5 years. That would be quite an accomplishment against the Oregons of the world, although methinks Smith-Gilbert would need to do more than stockpile sprint talent (although that doesn't seem to be hurting Texas A&M).

And then, of course, that presents another problem: Smith-Gilbert leaving little 'ol UCF for the big bucks at a bigger school.

Apparently she's a fine coach and good communicator, and she'll continue to steal an All-American or two who's unwilling to deal with the pressure of a track powerhouse and wants the comfort of a smaller college.


If you really think about it, it CAN be done. A&M women dont have anyone outside of the sprints, hurdles, and relays that score at the national meet. They have had a jumper or two qualify and score in the past but 90% of their points come in the speed events.

Smith-Gilbert has the ability to produce National calibur sprinters (Cleo Tyson, Courtney Champion, DeeDee Trotter), hurdlers (Celreice Law), and jumpers (Tianna Madison). She has the talent their now, but with one or two more SOLID classes, I believe they will be right in the mix of things.

She's a really strong developmental coach that has an eye for identifying talent. Its not always about getting the most prized recruit but sometimes going after that 11.6/11.7 or 54.xx or 19ft girl with horrible form and whipping her into shape and correcting them. That really shows a true coaches skill, how they can help their athletes progress.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:14 pm

vip wrote:And then, of course, that presents another problem: Smith-Gilbert leaving little 'ol UCF for the big bucks at a bigger school.Apparently she's a fine coach and good communicator, and she'll continue to steal an All-American or two who's unwilling to deal with the pressure of a track powerhouse and wants the comfort of a smaller college.


UCF is one of the largest schools in the US.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby vip » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:26 am

I meant large in terms of stature (UCLA, USC, Texas, etc.), not enrollment.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby LH06 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:56 pm

UCF has a REALLY bright future especially when Octavius Joins check out this results from their frosh (not to mention Jackie Coward just ran a 8.16 in the 60mh!) Look out for UCF. They look pretty legit now.

1 Stormy Kendrick SO Clemson 7.22

2 Lakya Brookins SR South Carolina 7.24

3 Dominique Booker FR Central Florida 7.26

4 Aurieyall Scott FR Central Florida 7.29

5 Sheila Paul JR Central Florida 7.43

6 Jasmine Edgerson SO Clemson 7.44

7 Funmi Alabi SO Virginia Tech 7.50

8 Shayla Mahan SR South Carolina 7.58
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:37 pm

UCF rises to #8 in the latest polls!!

http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-t ... 11aaa.html
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby guru » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:53 pm

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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:28 pm

Too bad they don't have men's track and field as well.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby vip » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:11 pm

I followed Dominique Booker through much of her high school career in New Jersey; and although she had largely successful results, I wasn't sure how good she'd be on the next level. Well, evidently she has connected well with Smith-Gilbert, and vice versa. Nice start for the freshman, and looks like another catch by a very good coach. I wish the two the best of luck.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Thu May 05, 2011 9:07 am

Season has gone pretty nicely thus far and they picked up another good sprint recruit to complement Freeman.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/c ... 3398.story

http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-t ... 11aaa.html
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 26mi235 » Thu May 05, 2011 9:46 am

Any effects of these cases on Track and Field (other than given one major violation, the costs are higher and the caution higher for other programs)?

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/41590/ncaa-contacts-ucf-on-recruitinghttp://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/41590/ncaa-contacts-ucf-on-recruiting
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby guru » Thu May 05, 2011 9:50 am

Looks like that's strictly a basketball issue 26.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:16 am

Former US #1 long jumper & SEC champion transfers

http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-t ... 11aaa.html
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby TxHottrack » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:00 am

2Focused wrote:Former US #1 long jumper & SEC champion transfers

http://ucfathletics.cstv.com/sports/w-t ... 11aaa.html



WOW! I know LSU is hurting a bit to lose an elite collegiate jumper. UCF is definitely on the rise.

Teams to pay close attention to next season in the sprints, hurdles & jumps: UCF, Tx A&M, LSU & Texas.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby 2Focused » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:02 pm

I thought it was interesting looking back on this thread at some of the predictions that we made, regarding the future of the UCF program and Smith-Gilberts ability to grow the program. She has in fact turned her team into a top 5 program and won numerous titles.

However, as VIP mentioned,

vip wrote: And then, of course, that presents another problem: Smith-Gilbert leaving little 'ol UCF for the big bucks at a bigger school.


She has been lured in by USC.

http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/061713aaa.html

What does this mean for her current athletes? Will USC be rising back up the ranks on the womens side to complement the men?

Also, what is happening with all of the other high profile jobs opening at Clemson, Texas, Wisconsin, and now UCF?
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby doug5321 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:55 pm

vip wrote:I followed Dominique Booker through much of her high school career in New Jersey; and although she had largely successful results, I wasn't sure how good she'd be on the next level. Well, evidently she has connected well with Smith-Gilbert, and vice versa. Nice start for the freshman, and looks like another catch by a very good coach. I wish the two the best of luck.


booker transferred to kentucky.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby Speedster » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:59 am

2Focused wrote:What does this mean for her current athletes?


Does she coach any pro athletes?
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby EPelle » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:08 am

Pro athletes, notwithstanding, it has implications for any current recruits committed to joining the programme and athletes with remaining NCAA eligibility.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby cladthin » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:14 am

Speedster wrote:
2Focused wrote:What does this mean for her current athletes?


Does she coach any pro athletes?


I think she coaches DeeDee Trotter.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby jazzcyclist » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:35 am

Just because Smith-Gilbert was able to get blood out of a turnip doesn't mean that UCF is now a destination job for elite coaches. They do have geography going for them, but I wouldn't even rate it as a top 25 program despite their #5 finish in Eugene. They're going have a hard time keeping good coaches as long as they don't have a men's program.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby fasttrack85 » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:10 am

What will become of Scott and Freeman? I think Freeman could go pro now if she wanted. Scott probably could go Pro as well.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:19 pm

Speedster wrote:Does she coach any pro athletes?


Dozen or so.
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby ATK » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:42 pm

Jeanette Bolden moving taking over the womens team at UCF. Johnny Gray also moves.

http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250603 ... -to-follow
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Re: UCF on the rise

Postby fourjz » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:29 pm

ATK wrote:Jeanette Bolden moving taking over the womens team at UCF. Johnny Gray also moves.

http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250603 ... -to-follow

Johnny Gray will have their middle distance program up and running almost immediately. 8-)
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