Quarles Named to Team USA Coaching Staff for IAAF World Championships
Gamecock assistant head coach to train jumpers, multi athletes in Qatar
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — University of South Carolina assistant head coach Delethea Quarles was named to the Team USA coaching staff for this summer’s IAAF World Championships, the USATF announced on Thursday evening. Quarles will serve as the assistant coach for women’s jumps and combined events under head coach Bonnie Edmonson of Trinity College.
The 2019 IAAF World Championships are scheduled for Sept. 28 – Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.
“I couldn’t be more honored to once again serve the United States of America as a coach on this summer’s World Championships team,” Quarles said. “Being a member of Team USA is the pinnacle for every American coach and athlete, and I look forward to working with the finest athletes in the world.”
“Coach Dee is a role model for female athletes across the globe, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor,” said South Carolina head coach Curtis Frye. “Only the best coaches in the nation get this opportunity, and Coach Dee is one of the top coaches and best people the USA has to offer. She’s a pioneer for female coaches everywhere, and I have no doubt she’ll lead Team USA to a tremendous amount of success.”
Quarles has been a fixture on past Team USA staffs at the World Championships, including the 2015 event, where she served as the women’s head coach in Beijing, China. She was also an assistant on the 2013 staff in Moscow, Russia, and the 2011 staff in Daegu, South Korea.
In 2013, Quarles mentored Brittany Reese to a gold medal in the long jump, and Brigetta Barrett claimed silver in the high jump.
Quarles also served as Team USA’s head coach at the 2007 USA Pan American Junior Championships and as an assistant coach at both the 2006 USA World Cup and the 2015 Pan American Championships.
Quarles is in her 22nd year with the South Carolina program. She was honored as USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018, and she has trained 15 school record-holders in her time at Carolina, including 2015 NCAA high jump champion Jeannelle Scheper.
South Carolina returns to Sheila & Morris Cregger Track Saturday for the 2019 USC Outdoor Open. The meet begins at 10 a.m. ET, with Senior Day ceremonies scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.