IU track overhauling staff

Indiana’s track program is overhauling staff. Out are long-time coaches Jeff Huntoon and Jermaine Jones. In are Ed Bethea Cory Martin and Andrew Poore. The release from IU follows.

Helmer Announces Staff Changes For 2014-15 Year   

IU coach Ron Helmer has hired nationally and internationally known coaches for his staff.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Director and Head Coach of Indiana Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Helmer has announced changes to his staff. Helmer has hired associate head coach Ed Beathea and assistant coaches Cory Martin and Andrew Poore. Helmer said he anticipates completing the staff with one more hire in the near future. The new coaches will begin July 1.


Ed Beathea, most recently was the head coach at Ohio State for two seasons, but prior to his time at Ohio State, spent 10 years at Indiana (1996-2006) as an assistant coach for hurdles and sprints, the last four as associate head coach. Beathea will be an associate head coach for the Hoosiers and work with sprints, hurdles and relays.


Most recently Beathea had six athletes qualify for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 4X400m relay and athletes in the 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.


In his decade with the Hoosiers, Beathea coached 32 Big Ten sprint and hurdle champions, 28 All-Americans and two NCAA runner-ups. He gained national attention for his work with sprinters David Neville – a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games – and Rachelle (Boone) Smith, the 2006 USA outdoor champion in the 200-meter dash, while also building his reputation as an excellent relay coach. Under his leadership, the women’s sprint relay squad made conference history by becoming the first Big Ten relay team to win the league title and earn All-America recognition for four consecutive years (2001-05).


In his six years as an assistant in Columbus, Beathea, the 2010 and 2011 Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year, instructed the Buckeye sprinters and hurdlers, as well as athletes competing in the horizontal jumps. He mentored Ohio State athletes in his event areas to 10 individual Big Ten titles while also building the Buckeye 4×400-meter relay team into a Midwestern juggernaut that won five Big Ten titles in a row from 2008-2010 and qualified for multiple NCAA championship appearances.


In his first full season as head coach of the program, Beathea led the Buckeyes to a 21st-place finish at the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships, their best finish since 2004. Under his guidance OSU sent 11 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which was the most for the team in over 15 years.


“Ed has been a head coach, so he has an understanding of the complexities of having a well-rounded program,” Helmer said. “With Ed the fact that he has coached at Indiana before, with that core group of women, who won three Big Ten Championships in the early 2000s. He coached David Neville and was here for a number of years, so he too is returning because he believes in the potential and what can be done at Indiana, because he has been part of some great things and wants to be part of more great things.”


Cory Martin, who will be an assistant coach and work with the throwers group, is one of the elite shot put throwers in the world, currently holding the No 16 spot on the all-time world performance list (22.10m/72-6.25). Martin was the runner-up at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships and qualified for the World Outdoor Championship in Moscow.


Martin, a native of Bloomington, Ind., was a nine-time All-American at Auburn, including National Championships in 2008 in the shot put (20.35m/66-9.25) and hammer throw (74.13m/243-2.5). Martin has been a volunteer coach for Indiana for the past two seasons.


“I think Cory’s experience as both a state champion, an NCAA Champion and being ranked in the top-10 in the world, gives him a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the throws and what it takes to be successful there,” Helmer said. “His interactions with a number of high level coaches adds to his knowledge and I think he can use that knowledge to achieve results as a young coach and I’m confident he will do that.”


Andrew Poore is an alumnus of the Indiana Track & Field program (class of 2012) and will be an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator and work with the distance event group.


Poore earned six All-America honors and two Big Ten Championships during his time at IU. Poore finished in fourth-place in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2013 USA Championships. Poore has been volunteer coaching with the Hoosiers since his graduation from Indiana in 2012.


“Andrew and I got here together and saw the growth and he was apart of the growth of our men’s program,” Helmer said. “He absolutely believes in the potential and possibilities of what we can accomplish. He is driven to make sure that we can achieve that success with both genders on a consistent basis.”


Indiana assistant coach Jake Wiseman, who works with the pole vault and men’s multi athletes, will remain with the program in the same capacity. Wiseman has coached seven different athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships in his nine years at Indiana and has mentored them to nine All-America honors and six Big Ten Championships.


Helmer added that he wants his coaches to recruit at the top and bring the best in the state of Indiana to IU. Being able to compete across all event areas is important and the coaches he has in place he said have a shared vision for the success of the program.


“The exciting thing for me is that they all understand what Indiana can be and want to make certain that we are all that and more,” Helmer said. “They all bring energy and enthusiasm for the vision I have had since I’ve been here and I think our student-athletes will benefit greatly from this collection of coaching talent.”


  1. That’s quite a restructuring. Obviously, Indiana has a vision that the place of Track and Field ought to be much higher than what has been accomplished recently. Just as obvious, Coach Helmer has quietly been preparing his plan to install a vision.

    We hope it succeeds and certainly hope that Track and Field become a much more visible part of Hoosier athletics. The history of outstanding accomplishments merits the attention now being given to it as a standard for the future.

  2. Helmer was given the opportunity to quit or have new staff and replacement in waiting named for him. Saved his own butt screwed the rest of the staff. If he hadn’t withheld his illness before signing new 5 year deal they would have just fired him. Ad was stuck paying him if he didn’t quit so there you go. Other two coaches had and have offers on the table but wanted to stay. Ad was betting Helmer would do the honorable thing and quit but since he is on his last legs and now his wife is gone he must have figured he has nothing better to do than stick around and run the program into the ground.

  3. Are you familiar with the Mayo Clinic Diet?

    1. Yes, I enjoy extra Mayo on my sandwich.
    2. No, I only use Mayo to remove rings from my coffee table.
    3. I’m somewhat familiar with the O.J. Mayo morning smoothie.

    I would have gone with #3.

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