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Chris Baptista
  Chris Baptista

Asst. Coach

Chris Baptista enters his third year as a member of the Golden Hurricane's track and field coaching staff. Baptista's main concentration is on the sprints/hurdles as well as the jumps and multi-events. He also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the staff.

In his first two seasons with TU, Baptista coached the first female sprint All-American in school history, Shana Robinson, to consecutive top-10 national rankings in the 100-meters and 200-meters. He also coached five individual WAC Champions, an NCAA national outdoor qualifier in two events, and 14 NCAA regional qualifiers during the outdoor campaigns. During the indoor campaigns two NCAA provisional qualifying marks were met. The women's 4x400m relay team finished the indoor season ranked 13th nationally. TU sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers set a total of 12 new school records over the past two seasons.

Prior to arriving at Tulsa, Baptista served two years as the head men's and women's track coach at Shasta College in Redding, Calif., and three years as an assistant coach at Troy State University in Troy, Ala.

Over the past seven years Baptista has been a part of six conference championship teams, produced two NCAA Division I All-Americans, two Olympic Trials qualifiers, 27 individual conference champions, and 64 all-conference performers in the areas of sprints, jumps, and hurdles.

While at Shasta College he led the women's team to back-to-back Golden Valley Conference Championships. The 2002 women's squad finished second at the NorCal Regional, fifth at the California Community College State Championships, and was recognized as the California Community College Scholar Team of the Year, earning Baptista a NorCal Coach of the Year nomination. He earned conference coach of the year honors in 2001 and 2002, as well. Chris coached two California Community College Champions in the heptathlon (2001, 2002) and the third place finisher at the 2001 USA Junior National Track and Field Championships in the long jump. During his final outdoor season at Troy State, Baptista coached the first female national qualifier in the school's history to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Championships in the high jump.

Baptista earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with a minor in health education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1997. While attending UAB, he competed in the jumps and relays. Baptista is a certified Level I and Level II coach as recognized by USA Track and Field.