July 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - 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.
"I'm really pleased to welcome Brandon to our staff," Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. "Brandon is an outstanding hurdles coach, having worked to develop several national-level athletes, most recently All-American Terrence Somerville. Brandon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sprints and hurdles area and will be a great asset to associate head coach Ken Harnden in those events, which are critical to our success."
Hon will work alongside Harnden, who is FSU's director of sprints, hurdles and relays for both the Seminole men and women. He replaces Devin West, who spent two seasons in the position before accepting a spot on the University of Miami staff in June.
"I want to thank Bob Braman and Ken Harnden for giving me the opportunity to contribute to an already amazing program," Hon said. "I couldn't be more excited to work with such an all-star staff with great chemistry and that spreads throughout the entire athletics department.
"Add into that such amazing support from the administrators, a true family-oriented atmosphere and a driven group of student-athletes that know how to work hard, have fun the right way and support each other, and you quickly realize why FSU is the best track & field program in America. My entire visit to Florida State University felt as if I was being welcomed home, although I had never been there in my life."
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.
"It was a blessing to grow as an athlete and as a coach for the past 13 years under retiring head coach Bill Schnier at Cincinnati," Hon said. "We took great pride in coaching up each athlete to consistent improvement and out-recruiting higher ranked programs. Now I have the opportunity to team up with Ken Harnden, who is one of the most accomplished sprint coaches in the world, and continue the FSU dominance on the track that the `Nole Nation has come to expect."
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.