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Entering his 18th year with the Florida State track and field staff, Dennis Nobles is recognized as one the top coaches in the country. Nobles graduated cum laude from Florida State’s School of Physical Education while also starring on the FSU track team as a pole vaulter from 1979-81. He went on to obtain his master’s degree from FSU in exercise physiology in 1983 and is currently an instructor with the FSU P.E. department. In 2002, he helped to guide freshman Lacy Janson and senior Jeff Atkinson to the ACC outdoor championship in the pole vault. Janson set both conference and school records in the event. He also coached Teresa Bundy to an NCAA national championship in the triple jump.
Following graduation from Florida State, he began his coaching career at Wayland Baptist College, an NAIA track powerhouse in Plainview, Texas.
While at Wayland Baptist College, he coached 17 All-Americans, two national champions, a pair of Olympic qualifiers and a national record holder. He also led the school to a national championship and two-runner up finishes. He returned to his alma mater in 1985 to accept a position as assistant coach. Nobles has since coached several All-Americans, another Olympian and a world record holder at Florida State.
His multi-event duties at FSU include coaching athletes in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault events. The 2001 season proved to be one of Nobles most successful years at FSU as he coached three Seminoles to four ACC titles. Under his tutelage, All-Americans Joe Allen (long jump and triple jump) and Shawn Brown (high jump) won conference titles at the outdoor meet, while Mario Lowe won the indoor triple jump title. Nobles is the proud parent of a daughter, Sally, age 18.
NOBLES FILE: Years at Florida State: 18 years Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience: 19 years Florida State – Assistant Coach (1985-present) Wayland Baptist – Assistant Coach (1984-85)