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Bungard in 2013 ...
Outstanding Nittany Lions Coached ...
Randy Bungard is in his second year overseeing the Nittany Lion sprints, hurdles, and relays contingent, after joining the Penn State staff in September of 2012. Bungard more than managed to continue the Nittany Lions' outstanding tradition in the sprints and hurdles in his first season in Happy Valley, including individual Big Ten title runs from redshirt-juniors Mahagony Jones, and Evonne Britton, as well as a collegiate-record setting effort by the Nittany Lions in the men's 4x200-meter relay during the indoor season. Bungard's achievements were also recognized during the indoor season, as he was named USTFCCCA Women's Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year.
Jones shined throughout 2013 under Bungard's watch, qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters, where she would finish 13th overall - good for USTFCCCA Second Team All-America status. Jones continued to excel outdoors, advancing to the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200. The redshirt junior more than held her own at the national competition, placing 10th overall in the 200, thanks to a sizzling lifetime all-conditions best 23.05. Bungard would also guide Britton, and freshman Kiah Seymour to Second Team All-America honors individually, with Britton placing 10th in the 100-meter hurdles with a lifetime-best 13.06. Seymour made the most of her first-career NCAA appearance, taking 11th in the 400-meter hurdles - the highest showing of any freshman in the event.
Jones was just as productive on the Big Ten stage, capturing her first-career conference title in the 100 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Britton would also make a charge to the top of the conference podium, winning Big Ten gold in the 100-meter hurdles. In fact, Bungard's charges played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions' team title run, scoring 60 points towards Penn State's winning total, including 17 tallies in the 400-meter hurdles alone.
The Nittany Lions were highly successful in the relays during the 2013 campaign, with both the men's (Bernard Bennett-Green, Emunael Mpanduki, Aaron Nadolsky, and Brandon Bennett-Green) and women's (Seymour, Jones, Shelley Black and Dynasty McGee) 4x400-meter squads finishing with USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Bungard would also lead the Nittany Lions to school records in the men's and women's 4x200-meter relays during the indoor season, with the Penn State foursome of Mpanduki, Matt Gilmore, Brandon Bennett-Green and Nadolsky combining to run a collegiate-record 1:24.70 at the Penn State National.
Bungard also had a hand in the Nittany Lions' NCAA runner-up distance medley during the indoor season, guiding 400-meter specialist Brandon Bennett-Green, who split 46.55 en route to a USTFCCCA First Team All-America finish. Bennett-Green was also a member of the Nittany Lions' 9:26.60 DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational, running 46.4 on the quarter leg as part of the 2013 NCAA-leading effort, and the second-best performance ever run by a collegiate squad indoors. Bennett-Green was also a key DMR cog outdoors, covering the quarter on the Nittany Lions' Penn Relays winning squad. The team combined to run a school-record 9:24.68, which ranks the Nittany Lions as the sixth-fastest program in collegiate history.
Bungard arrived in Happy Valley with over 20 years of coaching experience, most recently serving as the Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Over his career, Bungard has coached numerous NCAA Champions, and nearly 100 All-Americans.
"I am so excited to add Randy to our staff," said Alford-Sullivan at the time of Bungard's hiring. "He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to the program and I am thrilled he will lead our great corps of sprinters and hurdlers. Randy is an outstanding coach that has had huge success throughout his career. He is a true teacher of the events and our student-athletes will gain greatly from his expertise of our sport. Randy is a wonderful person as well and I will enjoy working with him each and every day."
Bungard spent the previous four years in Corpus Christi, where he coached men's and women's sprints and hurdles, as well as the high, long, and triple jumps. During his tenure with the Islanders, Bungard coached nine Southland Conference Champions, as well as 37 All-Conference performers. Bungard also led Islander athletes to 48 school-record performances.
Penn State is one of those universities that a person always desires to be a part of," said Bungard. "I thank Coach Sullivan for the opportunity to come here and work with a great staff, be at a great university, and be a part of a fantastic team. Coach Johnson did an outstanding job with the sprinters, hurdlers, and the relays and my goal is to keep that level of excellence where he and Coach Sullivan worked so hard to put it. I'm really excited about being a NIttany Lion and look forward to helping this team achieve the level of excellence that Coach Sullivan and Penn State expect."
Throughout his career, Bungard has worked with some of the top track and field programs in the country, having spent 11 years as the Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/Cross Country at the University of Virginia, while also boasting coaching stints at the University of Texas, and Clemson University. He started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at East Tennessee State University in 1987.
While in Charlottesville, he was responsible for 33 All-America finishes, as well as 34 ACC Champions. The Cavaliers also experienced some outstanding team finishes under Bungard's watch, including victories at the ACC Men's Cross Country Championships in 2005 and 2007. Personally, Bungard was named the ACC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2001, and was voted the Southeast Region Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year the same season.
Bungard was a part of highly successful stint at the University of Texas from 1995-1997, helping the Longhorn women's program to second-place finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 1997. The year prior, the Longhorns finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and second at NCAA Outdoor. All told, Bungard assisted in coaching 11 NCAA Champions and 50 All-Americans in just two years in Austin.
Early on in his coaching career, Bungard spent several successful seasons at Clemson University, overseeing 11 All-Americans and 22 ACC Champions as an assistant for the women's program from 1988-1983. The Tigers won ACC titles during the 1991 outdoor season, and 1992 indoor season with Bungard on staff.
A true student of the sport, Bungard has coached athletes in all event areas in track and field and cross country, including Kim Graham, who was a member of the United States' gold-medal 4x400-meter relay at the 1996 Olympic Games. Graham was also the U.S. 400-meter champion in 1998. While at East Tennessee State, Bungard led Angela Baker to top honors in the shot put at the 1988 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Bungard earned a B.S. in Education from Virginia Tech University in 1987, before completing his M.Ed. at East Tennessee State in 1988