Brandon Hon, who spent 13 formative years at the University of Cincinnati as a record-setting student-athlete and an assistant coach, has joined the nationally-acclaimed Florida State track & field program as an assistant coach.
Hon will work alongside associate head coach Ken Harnden, with sprints, hurdles and relays for both the Seminole men and women.
A Cincinnati native, Hon spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Bearcats, directing the hurdlers and sprinters, including the 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.
Hon brings a vast amount of experience to the Seminoles, especially in the hurdles, where he was instrumental in developing 2008 Olympic silver medalist David Payne and multi-time All-American Terrence Sommerville in the 110-meter hurdles. 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 his coaching career, 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, who also holds a degree from Cincinnati.