Track and Field

Track and Field Coaching Staff
Charmaine Darden
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Graduating Year: 2007
Major: Sports Management
Phone: 225-771-2462

Charmaine Darden is entering her fourth season as the Men’s and Women’s Head Cross-Country Coach. While at Southern, Darden has expanded the distance group from two female athletes to seven women and seven men. Darden also guided freshman Andrew Martinez to place 8th in the SWAC Cross-Country Championships in 2015. In the past three seasons, thirteen athletes have also made the SWAC All-Academic Team under Darden as the head cross-country coach.

As Darden enters her fifth season as an assistant Track and Field coach, members of the team have placed top three at the SWAC Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field Championships twenty times. This includes Terralicia Mercadel- 2018 400m Indoor Track and Field SWAC champion, and John Haynes- 2015 800m Indoor Track and Field SWAC Champion.

Prior to arriving at Southern University, Darden was the Men’s and Women’s Head Cross-Country and Track and Field coach at Neumann University where the cross-country team had regional success. In Track and Field, her freshman triple jumper Kyree Willis-Lear placed 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the triple jump.  Both teams had qualifiers compete in the ECAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Before coming to Neumann, Darden was an Assistant Track and Field coach at West Chester University of Pennsylvania for two years where she coached sprint and middle distance events. While at West Chester, Darden guided the Golden Rams to breaking eight school records, and has placed a total of 33 track athletes on the West Chester University’s All-Time Top 10 Performance List. During the indoor season of 2012, Darden coached Melanie Ruff to become her first collegiate conference champion in the 400m at the Indoor Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship meet.

Before joining the West Chester’s Golden Rams coaching staff, Darden was an Assistant Track and Field coach at Norristown Area High School from 2007-2010 where she coached the distance events. While at Norristown, Darden tutored Jahlil Hargrove to a third place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championship in the boys 800m with a time of 1:53.14 and, the boys 4 x 800m relay finished their season 6th in the nation with a time of 7:45.44. Darden was also the Head Cross-Country and Assistant Summer Track coach of the Ambler Track Club (AOC) during that time as well.

Darden has received two USA Track and Field (USATF) Level II certifications in Endurance and Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. Darden is also a USATF certified coach. In 2014, Darden became a USTFCCCA certified Jump and Strength and Conditioning coach.

The Norristown, Pa. native earned her Masters in Public Administration, with a graduate certification in Sport Management and Athletics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2012. In 2007, Darden received her Bachelors degree in Sport Management from Hampton University where she also contributed to a total of nine Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) team championships as a long distance runner.

Coaching Experience

Southern University 2014-Present
Head Men's and Women's Cross Country/ Assistant Track and Field Coach

Neumann University 2012-2014
Head Men's and Women's Cross Country/ Track and Field

West Chester University 2010-2012
Men’s and Women’s Assistant Track and Field Coach

Norristown High School 2008-2010
Assistant Boy and Girls Track and Field Coach

Ambler Olympic Club 2007-2010
Head Cross-Country/ Assistant Track and Field Coach