Track & Field
Kathy Rounds was added to the coaching staff in February 2006 as sprints and hurdles coach for the Michigan State Men's Track and Field program. Coach Rounds had an immediate impact on the men's sprint group with each active athlete obtaining personal records during the indoor and outdoor season. This was highlighted during the Big Ten Indoor Championships where John Childress and Kyle Sweeney ran personal bests, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdle final. During the outdoor season, Childress shaved .24 seconds off of his 110m hurdle personal record to place fourth in his first Big Ten Outdoor Championship Final and advance to the NCAA Midwest Regional. Jeremy Orr also had a fine year placing fifth in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and improved his 400m time by 1.14 seconds. Orr placed third at NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and 18th at the NCAA National Championship meet.
Rounds began her coaching career in 1993 as assistant coach for the women's track and field program at Georgia Tech. She returned to competition as an 800-meter runner following her time at Georgia Tech, earning a fourth-place finish in the 1996 Olympic Trials and serving as an alternate for the Olympic Games. Rounds earned a first-place finish at the U.S. Outdoor National Championships in 1997 and represented the U.S. as a member of the World Championships National Team that competed in Athens, Greece. She followed that effort by competing internationally, earning a berth on the 1999 World Championship National Team and represented the United States at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Rounds returned to coaching following her retirement from competition in 2000, founding Elite Athletic Training, a sports performance development company for elite high school athletes, specializing in sprint technique, multi-directional agility, and conditioning. She also served as the boys and girls sprint coach at Milford High School in 2003 and 2004 where her athletes set seven school records. During her two years at Milford, 21 of her athletes qualified for the Class A state meet. She also had three additional athletes qualify in 2002 while serving as the pole vault coach for Walled Lake Central.
Rounds earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance from Louisiana State University in 1987. She was a five-time NCAA Track and Field All-American and a member of LSU's 1987 National Championship team. She is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Rounds and her husband, Chris, have three children; Taylor, Caiden, and Jace.
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