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Brandon Hon
Position: Sprints, Hurdles & Relays

Second-year assistant coach Brandon Hon didn’t waste any time contributing to Florida State’s success.

With Hon working directly with both the men’s and women’s sprints, hurdles and relays, under associate head coach Ken Harnden, the Seminoles swept the ACC indoor and outdoor team titles. The success did not stop there as athletes in those disciplines combined for All-American honors in seven events, highlighted by Dentarius Locke’s NCAA 60-meter dash championship, aiding the men’s fourth-place indoor national finish.

Hon’s passion and area of expertise is the hurdles, and his impact was quickly realized as school record-holder Anne Zagre finished fifth at the NCAA outdoor meet in the 100-meter hurdles. It was the best finish in that event by a Nole since Kim Batten was fourth in 1991. Freshman Nicole Setterington also cracked FSU’s top 10 list in the 100-meter hurdles.

While Zagre has taken her school-record (12.83) talents on to the professional ranks, Hon and the Noles will regain the services of redshirt sophomore Sage Watson, who returns from injury having already posted the No. 2 400-meter hurdle time in program history. A pair of incoming 400-meter hurdlers - Helene Swanepoel and D’Mitry Charlton - have promising futures ahead as well.

Hon joined the Noles in 2013-14 after spending 13 formative years at the University of Cincinnati as both a record-setting student-athlete and an assistant coach.

A Cincinnati native, Hon spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Bearcats, directing the hurdlers and sprinters, including his last two as the recruiting coordinator for the program. His second season as the recruiting coordinator saw him land four athletes ranked among the top 10 nationally in their respective events.

That recruiting experience carried over to the Seminole brand as he played a role in helping FSU land the top-ranked 2014 men’s recruiting class, according to Track & Field News. Florida State’s most recent women’s class was also ranked among the top 10 in the nation.

Hon’s vast experience coaching the hurdles is well-documented. He was instrumental in developing 2008 Olympic silver medalist David Payne and multi-time All-American Terrence Sommerville in the 110-meter hurdles during his days at Cincinnati. Sommerville won his third consecutive Big East title in 2013 and earned Great Lakes Region Track Performer of the Year. A 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, Sommerville also holds the Cincinnati, Big East and Drake Relays records in the 110 hurdles.

In all, UC hurdlers established 12 school records under Hon's guidance. He also mentored Big East 100-meter champion John Bowie, a fourth-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders, and put together UC's school-record 4x100 relay team. On the women's side, he helped Monica Hundley claim the 2008 Big East Indoor title in the 60-meter hurdles.

Prior to coaching, Hon enjoyed a record-setting collegiate experience as a hurdler with the Bearcats. The one-time Cincinnati record-holder in the 60-meter hurdles, he qualified for the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic Trials in the 110-meter hurdles. He was the MVP of the 2001 Bearcats squad after capturing the Conference USA title in the 400-meter hurdles.

A 2002 Cincinnati graduate with a degree in criminal justice, he is married to the former Grace Murdock. They are the proud parents of a newborn son, Zachary.

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