Vanitta Kinard
Vanitta  Kinard

Assistant Coach - Sprints/Jumps



MSU Track & Field Wins 10 Medals at the Big Ten Championships

Spartans add six medals to close out the final day of competition at the conference meet.


Franklin Earns Fourth-Place Honors At NCAA Championships

James finishes career-high 10th, Pugh places 17th in the discus.


Spartans Advance 12 To NCAA Track & Field Champs

Franklin, Rhynard and women's 4x400 qualify for nationals on final day.


Women Finish Fifth, Men 10th at Big Ten Championships

O'Connor and Rohl win gold on final day of competition.


Franklin Breaks MSU Triple Jump Record At Drake Relays

Spartans earn six wins and 14 personal records on Saturday.

Vanitta Kinard By the Numbers

  • Three All-Americans
  • Two SEC Champions

Vanitta Kinard joins the Michigan State track and field program after three seasons coaching at the University of Mississippi. She will be assisting coach Randy Gillon with the sprinters and will be coaching horizontal jumps.

At Ole Miss, Kinard helped coached two triple jumpers to All-American honors and one who earned SEC All-Freshman team recognition in 2011. Three rebel jumpers scored at either the 2010 SEC Indoor or Outdoor Championships in addition to competing at the Junior USA Track and Field Championships the same season.

In her first season at Ole Miss, Kinnard helped coach a triple jumper to a win at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships, the first Rebel since 1992 to accomplish that feat. That same year, she helped an Ole Miss sprinter win the individual title in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships and become an NCAA All-American.

Kinard was also the recruiting coordinator for the Rebels, helping bring in one of the top recruiting classes in school history as they signed eight of the top high school athletes from around the country in her tenure.

She began her coaching career prior to the 2002-03 season where she served as an assistant coach at her alma-mater Kansas State before opting to pursue her individual career as a triple jumper.

As a collegiate jumper, Kinard began her career at Santa Monica Junior College where she was the 1995 California Junior College triple jump and long jump champion under legendary track and field coach Tommie Smith.

Kinard went on to transfer to Kansas State where she stared for the Wildcats from 1996-98. She was a six-time All-American with five distinctions in the triple jump and one in the long jump. In her first year with the Wildcats, Kinard finished second at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the triple jump, turned in a fourth place showing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished 10th at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

As a senior Wildcat, she won a Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the triple jump, finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, placed fourth at the USA Outdoor Championships and took 14th at the qualifying World University Games.

Kinard continued her career by winning her first national title in the triple jump at the 2002 USA Indoor Championships, knocking off the defending champion. She then finished second in the triple jump at the 2002 USA Outdoor Championships, before repeating as national champion at the 2003 USA Indoor Championships.

Kinard has a daughter, Adyn.