NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) – Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Director of Athletics Dave Griffore announced on Tuesday the hiring of Yanique Booth as the next head coach of the cross country and track & field teams.
"We are all extremely excited and fortunate Yanique has joined Johnson & Wales University as our new head coach," Griffore said. "She brings the coaching background, passion, and energy we were looking for in our next head coach. The future is very bright for our cross country and track & field programs."
"I want to thank Athletic Director David Griffore for selecting me for this position," Booth said. "I am excited to be a part of the JWU family. More importantly, I look forward to working with the student-athletes and creating a culture that identifies us as a stellar track and cross country program. This will be a challenging and exciting journey but, I look forward to a successful outcome."
Booth comes to JWU after spending two years at FIU where she coached sprinters and hurdlers. During her time with the Panthers, FIU earned 15 all-conference selections, 15 NCAA qualifiers, a number of C-USA Athletes of the Week and three All-Americans. The Panthers also garnered six USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees while being named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to FIU, Booth coached at Nova Southeastern as the men's and women's sprints and hurdles coach. During her tenure, the Sharks set 26 personal records, produced 14 NCAA national representatives, claimed 12 conference champions, broke seven conference records and set 10 school records. In addition, Booth helped guide the program to its first ever top-10 ranking on the NCAA Division II national list and produced Top 3 conference finishes for both the men's and women's team during her tenure.
On the professional level, Booth gained experience in the sprints and hurdles. The former Top-10 ranked hurdler competed in several locations such as Asia, the Caribbean, and North America. While making her debut on the professional scene, Booth was under the guidance of several former Olympians and world-known Usain Bolt coaching staff. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Booth also earned recognition on the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) world-ranking for the hurdles. She was also a finalist in the 2009 World Championship Trials and the 2008 Olympic Trials in her respective events. In addition, she later moved on to become a national representative at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and the CAC (Central American Championships) games in Puerto Rico.
A former Florida Atlantic University student-athlete, Booth left remarkable achievements at her alma mater. She left her mark on the Sun Belt Conference as she set the conference record in the 55-meter hurdles. Additionally, she held eight school records at FAU during her tenure and was a four-time NCAA qualifier in the hurdles. She also received the FAU award for most outstanding athlete. Booth holds a Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in education administration and leadership. She holds a Level 2 USATF Coaching certification.