Florida A&M Athletics announced today that as part of the reorganization of its department, the men’s and women’s track programs will be combined under a single director, with assistants for each of the teams.
Coach Darlene Moore, Ed.D., will assume the new title of Director of Track & Field. Moore’s experience and success over the last few seasons with the Lady Rattlers, both on and off the field, coupled with the economic impact of combining the programs factored into the decision to unify the teams.
Moore has amassed 18 conference championships in her coaching career, including six championships since taking the position at FAMU. This season she repeated as MEAC women’s cross country champion, making it her teams fourth consecutive title. The Lady Rattlers also won back-to-back MEAC outdoor track and field championships under Moore’s leadership the last two seasons.
In addition to the success of the Lady Rattlers on the track, they have been stellar in the classroom. Over the last two season, her teams have had more than a 3.10 G.P.A., carding several perfect NCAA APR scores and placed many of her team members of the MEAC All-Academic team.
“As we Build Champions in the classroom, on the field and in life, we must apply effective and effect industry standard practices to maximize our resources. Combining the men’s and women’s track programs is a natural step towards this effort. Coach Moore has a proven success formula that works for both men's and women's track and field student-athletes. The ability for the men and women track and field student-athletes to train together will consolidate training philosophy and streamline travel logistics. We thank Marc Small for his dedication to the program over the last two seasons and wish him well in his future endeavors," said FAMU Director of Athletics, Milton Overton.