Kiamesha Otey joined the UAB track and field staff as an assistant coach in September 2010. Otey, a three-time All-American at the University of Virginia, will primarily work with the jumpers and multi-event athletes.
The New Kent, Va., native has been a professional athlete since 2003 and most recently participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic trials. Following a successful athletic career at Virginia from 1999-2003, Otey served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Cavaliers from 2003-04.
While at Virginia, Otey was a six-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer and a two-time ACC champion in the long jump. She holds the current ACC outdoor long jump record (6.54 meters/21-5.50) and the Virginia indoor 60-meter record (7.37). She ranks second in school history in the 100-meter, 200-meter and long jump events.
In 2003, Otey became a USA Indoor Track & Field champion in the indoor long jump with a leap of 6.33 meters (20-9.25).
Otey graduated from Virginia in 2003 with a degree in sociology. A New Kent High School alum, she still holds six school records, three state records and won the state championship in 1999.