Central Arizona College Assistant Women’s Track and Field Coach Named First Female Head Coach of the USATF Men’s National Team
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Kim Dismuke, Central Arizona College’s Assistant Women’s Track and Field Coach has been named the first female head coach of the USA Track & Field (USATF) men’s national team.
As the first woman to serve as head coach for a Team USATF men’s junior or senior national team, Dismuke will lead the team during the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) U20 Championships scheduled for July 10-15 in Tampere, Finland.
A USATF press release states, “The IAAF U20 Championships is one of Team USATF’s most important international competitions, with many future Olympic stars getting their first opportunities to win a medal on the global stage. Team USATF has won 21 medals at each of the last two IAAF U20 Championships, in 2014 and 2016, to dominate the medal tables.”
Dismuke is in her 11th year as assistant head coach of women’s sprints at Central Arizona College. Prior to joining CAC, Dismuke served as head coach at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ for 10 years. During her tenure at MVHS she coached numerous regional and state champions and was voted the Arizona 4A Desert Sky/Skyline’s Track & Field Coach of the Year four times. She also served as an assistant coach for the Arizona Rising Suns youth team that competed at the Junior Olympic level. Dismuke previously served as assistant coach for Team USATF for the 2011 Thorpe Cup, events manager at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and women’s head coach at the 2012 Great North City Games, and women’s head coach at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Championships. She is currently the Women’s Committee Chair of USATF’s Arizona Association.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.