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Mazzone Adds National Champion Nick Dodson to Coaching Staff
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MELBOURNE, Fla. (Track & Field) – Nick Dodson, a 2011 NAIA National Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, has joined Florida Tech’s track and field program as its first assistant coach, head coach Pete Mazzone announced on Friday.

“He will help us tremendously,” Mazzone said. “He is a confident, energetic person who can relate to our student-athletes. He’s a major piece to the program we are building. I am very happy for our program and our student-athletes.”

Dodson, a 2011 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Shorter University, is a United States Track and Field Level 1 Certified Coach. He will focus on the Panthers’ short-distance runners and long jumpers. In addition to his track and field duties, he will serve as the university’s intramurals coordinator.

“I’m very excited to join the Florida Tech family,” Dodson said. “I come from a program that started from the ground up. I know what it takes to build a program and make it successful. Thus, I’m very optimistic about the potential of this program. I feel we can achieve a great deal of success in the near future.”

Dodson had a stellar career at Shorter. He was an 11-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American, a three-time national runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles, a conference champion several times in three events and a two-time NAIA Champions of Character Award winner. He owns an array of records and helped his 2011 team win the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Team Championships.  

“I want to bring my success as an athlete and pass that on to my student-athletes,” Dodson added. “I’m very proud of my achievements on the track, but that’s in the past. I’m here to help build this program, that’s my goal. We have a lot of good athletes that just don’t realize how good they are, so it’s a matter of helping them realize that potential. It’s going to be a gradual process, but I know that with the level of talent we have at this university we can build something special.”

Although his decorated college career ended, he aspires to compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Currently, he is training to record an “A” standard time in the 400-meter hurdles to participate in the Olympic trials.
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