Jan. 18, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -- Adrian Ghioroaie (Pronounced Gee-or-EYE) has been named an assistant coach for the Auburn track and field program, announced head coach Ralph Spry Saturday. Ghioroaie will oversee the Auburn’s jumps/multi events.
“We’re very excited to have Adrian join our staff. He is one of the young up and coming coaches, who is an excellent jumps coach and brings an international flavor to our program,” Spry said. “Adrian has had a lot of success as a student-athlete but especially as a coach on the collegiate level in the United States. He’s going to be a great addition to our program and we look forward to him being a valuable member of our staff for many years to come.”
A native of Bucharest, Romania, Ghioroaie has coached collegiately at four schools including Southern Miss, Kent State and Jacksonville State. During his most recent stint at Southern Miss in 2010-11, Ghioroaie was named the 2011 Women's Assistant Coach of the Year in the South Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after coaching the first NCAA Champion—individual or team—in any sport at Southern Miss.
He most recently worked with Student Sport in his native Romania serving as a strategy manager to help develop, manage and implement a national strategy for newly created intercollegiate Sports league. Ghioroaie also worked for Eurosport TV serving as a commentator for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
“I am extremely happy and grateful to be a coach at Auburn University and become a part of the Auburn family,” Ghioroaie said. “My gratitude goes to Coach Ralph Spry and the Auburn Athletic Department for this opportunity. I can only be hopeful that I will help bring a share of contribution to the success of a world renowned, Auburn track and field program and to one of the premier Athletic Departments.”
At Southern Miss, Ghioroaie coached one of the most dominant women jumps group in NCAA Division I history to have three different females place in the top four in three different jumping events at the outdoor championship, all with school records.
Ghioroaie’s jumpers helped Southern Miss to their best season in school history including a pair of national and Conference USA championships, multiple national qualifiers and a final NCAA Team finish at No. 10 for the women’s crew, scoring 21 points, the highest in school annuals.
Under his leadership, junior long jumper Tori Bowie secured the school’s first-ever national championship title at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and followed up with a defense of her title at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. For her performances Tori Bowie was named Conference-USA Student Athlete of the year. She also set school record marks in both events en route to garnering All-American honors. Ghioroaie’s influence did not stop with Bowie, however, as Ke’Airra Jones and Ganna Demydova excelled as well. Jones set the school high jump record at the Texas Relays during the outdoor season and earned first team All-American honors with a fourth place finish at the NCAA championships. During the indoor season, she was a second team All-American with a ninth place finish at the national championships.
For Demydova, her impact was immediate as she earned first team All-American honors after finishing fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor championships. Demydova also won the C-USA indoor championships while setting a school and Conference USA meet record in the process with a 45`6.5" jump. The achievement was named C-USA performance of the meet. During the outdoor season, Demydova again broke the school record in the triple jump and finished third at the NCAA national event to garner another first team All-American honor.
On the men side coach Ghioroaie developed C-USA outdoor High Jump Champion Marcus Norwood and first NCAA qualifier in the long jump for the program, Ramon Crockett.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Ghioroaie spent two seasons at Kent State as an assistant track & field coach. His duties included coaching women's combined events, women's triple jump and high jump, and men's triple and high jumps.
While at Kent, the women's team won the 2010 Mid-American Conference indoor and outdoor championships, while the men's team captured the 2009 indoor title. Ghioroaie recruited and coached student-athletes who won a total of nine individual MAC titles. Brenda Baar broke the Netherlands' national record in the triple jump, won the MAC Indoor and Outdoor titles, while placing 10th at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Andreea Patrasc won the 2010 MAC outdoor gold in the 400m hurdles. Freshman Kenneth Agee improved in the high jump, placing 13th at the 2010 NCAA Championship and achieving the IAAF World Junior Championships standard.
During 2009 IAAF season, Ghioroaie coached Romanian 400 meter hurdles star Angela Morosanu to a personal best time of 53:95, the second-fasted mark in the world at that time. Morosanu's performance is still Top 40 in the IAAF World all-time women list, and qualified her to the World Championships in Berlin where she made the final.
Prior to Ghioroaie's return to his alma mater as a coach, he was the assistant jumps, sprints and multi-events coach at Jacksonville State in 2007-08. During his tenure, he produced four individual Ohio Valley Conference Champions in the long, triple and high jump events as well as two NCAA Regional qualifiers. In 2007, Ghioroaie coached Andrea Arnaud, who became the first JSU OVC Field Athlete of the Year honoree after winning the triple jump and long jump at the conference championships.
Ghioroaie began his athletic career at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he contributed to the 2002 Western Athletic Conference Championship team. That year, he was the WAC indoor champion in the triple jump as well as the runner-up in the long jump. Adding to his successful season, he went on to place third in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships to finish as an All-American to move up in ranking to 54 in the world by the IAAF.
Ghioroaie came to Kent State for the 2004-05 seasons to finish a stellar student-athlete career. After sitting out the previous season with a career-threatening injury, he won the MAC title in the triple jump and was a member of the championship 4x100 relay team. During the NCAA Mid-East Regionals, he finished 12th in the triple jump and ran anchor for the 4x100 relay team. The 2005 season was even more successful for Ghioroaie, as he won a pair of conference championships in the triple jump and the 4x100. During the season, the relay team set school and conference records.
After he exhausted his eligibility, Ghioroaie became a graduate assistant coach at the University of the Cumberlands, where he coached the program first female indoor NAIA All-American in 2007 and helped the team win the inaugural Mid-South Conference.
Ghioroaie held the Romanian Junior National Champion title in both the triple jump and the 4x100 meter relay in 1998. In 2001, he placed third in the Romanian National Championships in the triple jump with a 54 feet jump finishing the season ranked #84 in the World by the IAAF. Both his parents Gina and Adrian Sr. were Romanian national team accomplished jumpers, while his father continues to be a Romanian Olympic Jumps team coach.