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As coach of the jumps, vaults and multi events, Dennis Nobles has been instrumental to FSU's track & field success.
Nobles will forever be linked to the coaching and development of college track's greatest triple jumper in history, Kim Williams. Williams rewrote the record books at FSU and in the NCAA under Nobles' tutelage. Nobles also served as the coach of Ngoni Makusha, who will be considered one of the best jumpers and overall athletes to ever come through Tallahassee. Both national champions, Makusha and Williams studied for four years under Nobles.
Nobles' work at FSU has also carried over to the international scene in the summer of 2008 on track's biggest stage. Both Makusha and Gonzalo Barroilhet qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics with Makusha coming within two millimeters from winning the bronze medal. They were joined in Beijing by former FSU National Champion Rafeeq Curry who made Team USA in the triple jump.
Florida State's outdoor top 10 lists for the jumps and vaults are littered with Nobles' athletes, particularly on the women's side. His female jumpers and vaulters have 38 of the 40 top-10 marks, while the men have 29 marks. All 10 of the men's indoor and outdoor records as well as eight of the nine women's marks have been set during his watch.
Nobles graduated cum laude from Florida State's School of Physical Education while also starring on the Seminole track team as a pole vaulter and decathlete 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 Physical Education Department.
Nobles began his coaching career at Wayland Baptist College, an NAIA track powerhouse in Plainview, Texas. While at Wayland, 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 an assistant coach.
Nobles is the proud father of daughter Sally.
·2003 NATIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR (JUMPS/VAULT) ·2011 USTFCCCA SOUTH REGION WOMEN'S INDOOR ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
·2003 NATIONAL ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR (JUMPS/VAULT)
·2011 USTFCCCA SOUTH REGION WOMEN'S INDOOR ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR