Brandon Blanton
Brandon Blanton
Title: Assistant Coach - Throws
Phone: (843) 863-7067
Email: bblanton@csuniv.edu
Previous College: Gardner-Webb, 2008

Brandon Blanton is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern. Blanton joined the Charleston Southern track and field program in October 2015 and specializes with the Bucs' throwers.

CSU's throwers have made significant progress under Blanton's tutelage, and his recruiting ability has also benefited the Bucs' program as a whole. The throwing program has been a strength for the CSU track and field teams with the unit boasting multiple records and All-Conference performers over the last few seasons.

The Bucs continued their success in the 2018 season with JP Caglione, Ryan Spiecha, Clarence Moss, and Seth Wolfe propelling the men's team to new heights, while Madison McCoy, Milan Williams, Haley Newell, Megan Newton, and Alexus Foreman spearheading the women's team. Williams was on the podium in the women's weight throw tying the CSU record in the process to earn Big South Indoor Conference honors. Spiecha and Caglione finished second and third overall in the men's shot put event with Spiecha eclipsing his own CSU record with a throw of 16.64 meters to pace the Bucs in the event. Caglione made it two appearances on the podium with a second-place finish in the men's weight throw eclipsing the CSU record with a distance of 18.16m. At the Outdoor championships, Clarence Moss took center stage and showcased his progress in the men's discus event placing second overall in the field. Caglione was back on the podium twice for the Bucs as well in the Outdoor Championships finishing second in the hammer throw and third in the shot put to finish with four All-Conference honors in his sophomore season. 

In 2016-17, Ryan Spiecha enjoyed a terrific freshman campaign with Blanton's help. Spiecha highlighted his year by placing second in the shot put at the Big South Conference Outdoor Championship. During the indoor season, Spiecha shattered the program's shot put record with a throw of 15.54 meters at February's Tiger Tune-Up. That effort broke the record he had established just a month prior. 

Senior Jacob Moore enjoyed a strong end to his college career thanks in part to Blanton. Moore was a Big South All-Academic Team selection and entered the Big South Outdoor Championship as the top seed in the hammer throw, where he reached the podium with a second-place finish.

A young group of throwers on the women's side also showed promise in 2016-17. Freshmen Milan Williams, Alexus Foreman, Briana Sims and Madison McCoy placed third through sixth at the Big South Outdoor Championship. In the javelin, freshman Megan Newton also made progress throughout the year. 

Before coming to CSU, Blanton spent the previous five seasons at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. While at Methodist, Blanton coached 12 individual conference champions and one NCAA qualifier. He also oversaw athletes that broke seven school records. In 2014-15, freshman Koffia Lipscomb set a new school record in the 35 lb. weight throw (14.04 meters), and freshman Brad Smith set a new mark in the discus (46.48 meters).

Blanton threw shot, discus and hammer at Gardner-Webb University, and graduated in 2008 with a B.S. degree in Health and Wellness. He was a part of the Runnin' Bulldogs Big South championship team in 2006.
 
He coached throws at his alma mater of Northern High School in Durham, N.C. from 2008-2010 before taking over the women’s program as head coach. Blanton coached a total of 12 regional qualifiers, two state qualifiers, and guided a conference championship squad during his four-year stint at Northern High School.

Blanton holds a USATF Level 1 certification.

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