UB Athletics hires first full-time coach
The University of The Bahamas (UB) Athletics Department has hired former national team hurdler Ednol Rolle as the first full-time head coach at the institution. The internationally certified coach takes reins of the program starting today, heading the track and field program for the UB Mingoes.
“We are excited to have a high-caliber coach such as Ednol join the UB athletics team as the first full-time coach,” UB Athletics Director (AD) Kimberley Rolle said. “This is the first in what is anticipated to be several strategic hirings over the next two to three years to ensure consistency in recruitment, retention and high level performances from varsity teams.”
Rolle pointed out the accomplishments Coach Rolle has had in the past — including coaching numerous national team members and national record-holders.
“He has played a huge role in the success of our national record-holder Ken Mullings and many other national team members,” she said. “We expect him to bring that same excellence to UB track and field and UB cross country.”
Coach Rolle previously was the assistant coach and then interim head coach of the UB track and field program. He also coached at the high school level at several institutions, including L.N. Coakley High School in Exuma, and most recently at C.R. Walker — the four-time Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Champions.
“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am excited to be the very first full-time head coach at UB,” Coach Rolle said. “At the same time, I know we have a lot of work to do and a lot to accomplish to make UB track and field one of the premier programs and a program that attracts the best talent in the country — to get athletes to take advantage of the opportunities here at home.”
In the immediate future, Rolle will be responsible for developing a cross country program for UB Athletics.
Coach Rolle is the 2000 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference champion in the 400 meters (m) hurdles for St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. He is also a double silver medalist from the 1997 CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados. Also in 1997, he was a Pan American Games 400m hurdles finalist and was on the silver medal-winning 4x400m relay team that set a Bahamian junior national record. Rolle also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Sr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Track and Field Championships in 2001 and fourth at the Pan American Games in the same event in 2002.
UB Athletics currently competes in track and field for men and women, along with men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s softball, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s judo.