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A veteran at the national and international level for over 35 years, Steve Silvey has coached 28 collegiate national champion squads, numerous All-Americans, 17 Olympic Medalists and 20 World Championships Medalists at several of the nation's most prestigious programs.

Individually, Silvey's resume boasts 26 World Championship competitors, 37 Olympians.  Coach Silvey was inducted as a coach into the National Junior College Hall of Fame (2005).

Silvey has a unique quality of having won 19 team championships in the SEC, Big-12 and PAC-10 conferences.  Silvey has coached hundreds of NJCAA & NCAA All-Americans during his many coaching Stints.

Coach Steve Silvey has achieved a rare feat in the sport of Track and Field after having coached three athletes that have run under 48.00 seconds for the 400 Meter Hurdles.  One of these athletes became a World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, the other one earned an Olympic Bronze Medal, and the last one became a USA Olympian!

At the international level, Coach Silvey served as the Zambia Olympic Coach for Track and Field in the 1992 and 1996 Olympiads, and produced its first ever Olympic medal in the sport of track and field with Samuel Matete in the 400 hurdles (silver medal).  Silvey also served as the head coach for Zambia at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany as Samuel Matete again won the World Championship Silver Medal.

Silvey spent six years coaching hurdlers at Mississippi State University in Starkville, including 2015 SEC 400m hurdles champion Scottie Hearn (49.39) and two-time All-SEC hurdler Jovan Davis (50.14 & 13.99). The duo also earned All-American honors in the 4x400 meter relay after helping the Bulldogs take third place at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

In 2019 Coach Silvey converted female sophmore 400 meter runner Riley White to the 400 meter hurdles.  At the NCAA regional Championships just two months later, Riley White smashed the MSU school record with an outstanding time of 57.99 for the 400 meter hurdle event.

Six of MSU's Top 10 fastest times in the 400m hurdles have come under Silvey's watch.  During the 2018 Season, three of Silvey's 400 meter hurdlers qualified for the NCAA Championships (Rasheed Tatham 50.13, Charles Brockman 50.36, Malcum Tatum 50.62) Vince Castillo PB 50.74 missed by one spot (13th) of being the fourth 400 meter hurdler.

All of these athletes were important component of the Bulldog's 1,600 meter relay. Vince Castillo has clocked 45.6 at the NCAA Nationals and Rasheed Tathum has clocked 45.5 at the NCAA Regionals.

Mississippi State University finished 11th place or higher at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 5 out of 6 years Silvey was in Starkville.  In 2015 at the NCAA Championships the Bulldogs finished 7th place.

Silvey served as Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Track Coach for Texas Tech University from 2004 to 2007.   As Sprint/Hurdle and Relay coach for the Red Raiders, Silvey helped lead the 2005 men's outdoor team to its first ever Big12 Conference Championship.

Silvey's event group scorred over 110 of the 149.50 points that won the school's first ever Big12 championship.  The 2007 men's outdoor track team also finished as Big 12 runner-up.  Silvey's impace on Texas Tech resulted in nine new school records during his three years with the program.

While at the University of Oregon from 2001 to 2003, Silvey made a quick impact on a struggling program.  During Silvey's first year, the men's team jumped from fifth place to second place at the 2002 Pac10 Outdoor championships.  In the 2003 season the Ducks, the men's team claimed the 2003 PAC10 Championship, anaccomplishment not seen in 12 years.  Silvey's two solid recruiting classes also produced another PAC 10 Conference Championship in 2005.

Prior to his arrival in Eugene, Silvey built his reputation at two of the nation's top track and field programs, the University of Arkansas and Blinn College.  While at those schools, he was a part of 28 NCAA national team championships,  including a stretch of 13 straight years before leaving the Razorbacks after the 2000 outdoor campaign.

As the Sprints/Hurdles/Relays mentor at the University of Arkansas from the fall of 1994 through the 2000 outdoor season, he was part of 13 NCAa indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country team titles and 17 SEC team championships.  His athletes won 15 All-American honors (including one NCAA champion and three NCAA runner-ups) and 13 outdoor track and field SEC individual titles.

The 2000 season was perhaps the finest by his athletes, who posted one of the nation's top times in the 4x100-meter relay (39.27), a collegiate record in the sprint medley relay (3:12.13), took second in the NCAA 4x400-meter final (3:02.02) and won the prestigious Penn Relays.  His team's shuttle relay owned the fastest time in the world that season (55.37), which included DeMarcus Brown, who was an All-American in the 110 hurdles and owned a collegiate best of 13.72.  Brown was one of three Hogs that ran 13.75 or faster that year under his guidance, while All-American 400-meter hurdler Samuel Glover owned a best of 49.08.

Prior to arriving in Fayetteville, he was five-time national coach of the year at Blinn Junior College, where his squada won 15 national Championships in seven years.  At the Brenham, Texas institution, Silvey produced 164 All-Americans, 128 individual national champions and 27 relay champions.  His cross country program added a national championship in 1993 and another in 1994.

Silvey's 1992 and 1993 Blinn College teams were voted the "Outstanding Team" at the Texas Relays.  The 1992 team won the crown of "USA Men's National Relay Ranking Champions", according to Track & Field News.  In 1993, Silvey's Blinn Squad was selected as the "National Dual Meet Champions" by Track and Field News after defeating the University of Texas in Austin.

Prior to Silvey's stint at Blinn College, Silvey served at Men's & Women's Assistant Track and Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Texas A&M University from 1984-1987.

Silvey's three recruiting classes held to put Texas A&M University among the top six NCAA men's squads twice during his stay.  His third recruiting class allowed the Aggies to finish second in the NCAA Championships to LSU.

Silvey's star-studded recruiting classes at Texas A&M included 200 Meter Olympian Floyd Heard, 1993 world 100 meter silver medalist and NCAA Champion, Andre Cason, World junior 200 meter Champion, Stanley Kerr, World junior 100 meter Champion Derrick Florence, 1992 Olympic Shot Put Champion Mike Stulce and Randy Barnes 1996 Olympic Shot Put Champion and World Record Holder at 75'-10".

Silvey has spent two different stints coaching high school in Iowa, Louisiana and Texas (Houston and Dallas) over eight years.  A 1980 graduate of Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science education.  Silvey later added a master's degree in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University in 1987.

Before returning to college coaching in the fall of 2013 at Mississippi State University, Silvey spent five years in private business in Dallas, Texas.  During this time, Silvey published 19 books on All Sports Speed Training, Track & Field and Football Speed Development Training.  Silvey also conducted numerous speed and hurdle camps for high school students and put on numerous track and field seminars.