UNO Announces New Track and Field Coach

The University of New Orleans announced Wednesday that Ty Sevin, a coach with the United States Track and Field national team program, will lead the University's recently reinstated track and field program.

A native of Cut Off, La., Sevin will also lead the UNO cross country program launched last year for a total of six University teams under his belt: men and women's cross country and men and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

"The ultimate deciding factor for me accepting this position was because I was captivated by the vision that (UNO athletic director) Derek Morel articulated in my interview and truly want to become a part of something special,” said Sevin. “I am very humbled to be selected as the head track and field and cross country coach at UNO and look forward to the challenge of developing a nationally competitive program…I look forward to giving the community of New Orleans a new team to root for."

Sevin is the first head coach hired by Morel, who welcomed his new hire warmly to the UNO family.

“Coach Sevin brings to UNO a great understanding of what it takes to be a nationally competitive track and field program and has experienced great success on every level of competitive track and field,” said the University’s new athletic director. “His expertise will go a long way in recruiting the type of student-athletes who will represent UNO with pride, passion and a commitment to excellence."

Morel, who officially started work at UNO this week, added that Sevin's South Louisiana ties will play a vital role in developing relationships with local student-athletes and enhance his ability to build a championship program.

For the last five years, Sevin has coached elite athletes at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., training representatives in the USA Track and Field program in the discus, pole vault, javelin and shot put. He will accompany two of these athletes to London in early August to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The appointment to the head coaching position at UNO represents a return to collegiate coaching for Sevin, who served two years as a head coach at McNeese State.

To read more about the new Privateer head coach, visit the website of the UNO Privateers.