Danielle Douglas starts her second year as head coach of the Falcon men's and women's cross country and track & field teams in 2016-17.
Douglas, a native of Memphis, Tenn., has extensive head coaching experience in both cross country and track & field.
"I want to inspire people," said Douglas. "I want someone to look at me and say, because of you I didn't give up."
She was the head coach of both men's and women's track & field and men's and women's cross country teams at NCAA Div. I Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) from 2012-14.
Douglas led the MVSU men's cross country team to consecutive conference championships. She guided the Delta Devils to the 2012 and 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) cross country championship titles. Douglas has twice been named SWAC men's cross country Coach of the Year (2012, 2013). The women's cross country teams placed second in the SWAC Meet in 2012 and 2013.
From 2008-12 she was the head women's cross country and track & field coach. Douglas' teams made great progress and became a strong force in the SWAC. In six seasons, four of which Douglas was the head coach, she coached her athletes to 78 All-SWAC performances, seven event champions, two most outstanding meet performers, two NCAA Regional qualifiers, and one USATF junior National qualifier.
In her career she has coached 120 All-SWAC performers, 19 event champions, eight most outstanding meet performers, two NCAA regional qualifiers and one USATF junior national's qualifier.
From 2008-10 she served as the MVSU interim senior women's administrator and academic administrator. Douglas is a member of the U.S. Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association.
Douglas was a four-year letter winner at MVSU from 2000-2004, where she earned All-SWAC honors in the long jump. She also competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash and was a member of the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Three times she was named the league's track & field Scholar-Athlete (2002, 2003, 2004). In 2003 she earned the conference's MVP award in indoor track & field. Douglas was also a Presidential Scholar (2003), a Distinguished Scholar (2001, 2003) and the women's Student-Athlete of the Year (2002).
Douglas earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from MVSU in 2004 before earning a master's in criminal justice in 2007. She is currently working on earning a PhD in business administration-leadership from Walden University. Douglas has also earned USATF Level 1 and American Red Cross CPR certifications. She is a certified BFS strength and conditioning coach. Douglas is a 2000 graduate of Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., and has one son, Jabri Jackson (10).
In his first year joining University of Wisconsin River Falls Coach Ferguson brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to the Falcon program. Ferguson, a former Hornet at Alabama State University, serves as an assistant coach for throws and hurdles while assisting with combined-events training.
Most recently, Ferguson returned to his hometown working as an assistant coach at Viera High School. Within two years, Ferguson persisted in leading his team to two District 9 Championship titles, producing 20 regional qualifiers and 6 state qualifiers. The highest in school history.
Prior to joining the Falcon coaching staff in 2017, Ferguson mentored 2 consecutive cross country championship teams, 40 SWAC champions and 1 East Region qualifier as an assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State University.
As a student-athlete at ASU from 2007-2010 Ferguson won 2 SWAC titles in long jump and runner up I the short hurdles. The Rockledge, Florida native become nationally ranked in the 60 meter hurdles indoor and in the long jump outdoor concluding his season with the longest jump in school history.
Post-graduation Ferguson served 1 year at his alma mater aiding the coaching staff to a triple crown title (2011) indoor, outdoor and cross country.
Joseph Chebet joined The University of Wisconsin River Fall Track and Field / Cross Country staff in 2017 as Assistant Coach to work primarily with Falcon distance athletes. Prior to UWRF, Chebet was a graduate assistant at Mississippi Valley State University for the track and field / cross country team in 2014. He trained several distance athletes, who led MVSU team in a mile, 3k steeplechase, 5k, 8k & 10k SWAC cross country / track and field Championships 2014-2015.
In 2013, he assisted Western Kentucky University cross country men’s team as a volunteer assistant coach. He helped secure individual titles and a fifth position in Sun Belt Conference Championship. He also trained with distance men’s team to secure second place finish in the Sun Belt Conference outdoor track and field championships in 2014.
He earned a B. A in Psychology in 2014 from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Social Work Degree in 2017 from Mississippi Valley State University. Chebet is a Certified Personal Trainer from Expert Rating Certification and is certified in First Aid and CPR/AED from American Heart Association.
As a student athlete, Chebet represented Uganda at the World University Games twice in 2009 and 2011 (10k & 5k). He, also, represented Uganda in the World Junior Championship in 2010 (10k & 5k). He captured several titles in the 5k, 10k & 12k for Uganda and East Africa University in the track and field / cross country championships in 2009-2011. While at Western Kentucky University, he earned All-Southeast Region and NCAA All-American in the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Furthermore, he was a Sun Belt Conference Individual Men's Champion, Most Outstanding Runner, and a All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team member. He captured several individual titles and was a three-time Sun Belt Conference Men's Runner of the Week.
Jason Briggs is in his fifth year of coaching pole vault at UWRF. In that time the Falcon indoor and outdoor school records have been broken over a dozen times and four vaulters have placed at the NCAA National Championships. He also coached several state medal winning vaulters as well as a Wisconsin State Champion during his ten years as the Pole Vault Coach at Hudson High School. In college, he vaulted for UW- Eau Claire and competed in the heptathlon and decathlon, setting a school record and earning WIAC Conference honors. He currently works as a teacher and an administrator in St. Paul, MN.