Terence Gadson, a former standout track & field competitor at Grambling State, begins his seventh season on the University of Delaware women's track & field coaching staff as a part-time assistant in 2016-17.
Gadson, who joined the UD staff in 2010, assists head coach Wendy McFarlane and works with Blue Hen student-athletes in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump events.
Since he has arrived at Delaware, he has helped the Delaware women's team capture the Colonial Athletic Association team title in 2014 and post a runner-up finish in 2013.
In addition, Delaware jumpers have set multiple school records, captured 12 indoor meet titles and nine outdoor titles, and posted five top 10 finishes the CAA Outdoor Championships, including a fourth place finishes in by Kelsey Evancho in the high jump and by Amira Idris in the triple jump in 2012.
Gadson was a standout performer at NCAA Division I Grambling (La.) State University in 1984-88 where he served as a team captain and competed in the triple jump, long jump, high jump, hurdles, relays, and the decathlon. He was a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion and NCAA qualifier in the triple jump.
He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Grambling and served for two seasons working with the jumpers and helping several athletes capture SWAC titles and advance to the NCAA Championships. He also served as a jumping consultant at Alcorn State University (1996-2004) and Coppin State University (2004-06).
Gadson has also coached at the high school ranks and served as an assistant coach for the boys and girls teams at the Charter School of Wilmington from 2006-10, where he coached a state champion and school record-holder in the long jump, triple jump, and hurdles.
A resident of Wilmington, Del., Gadson has worked as a fire fighter for the City of Wilmington since 1993 and has served as a fire investigator since 1996, conducting arson investigations and providing professional consultations at court hearings.