BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Desmond Pierce announced the hiring of Abby Slonski as his assistant coach. Slonski spend the last season as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff.
Slonski joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2017-18 season and has worked with the throwers and jumpers this spring. She has helped numerous student-athletes improve their performance, starting in the weight room. This year she helped taught several throwers how to throw the javelin and improve on personal bests throughout the season. Slonski also helped Adriel McPhee set the school record in the 110 high hurdles.
"I'm extremely appreciative of this opportunity and all the support I've received," Slonski said. "I'd like to thank Coach Williamson for bringing me down to Tennessee and giving me the opportunity to put my coaching skills to work. I've learned a lot from her and Coach Pierce, and I'm very excited to step up and take on this responsibility and serve this program and my team."
This season at King, Slonski helped coach Jaylen Foster to a third place finish in the high jump, ninth place finish in the long jump, and a seventh place finish in the triple jump at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championships. Foster also recorded a personal best long jump record of 6.63 meters at the Catamount Classics during the outdoor season under Slonski's tutelage.
"I'm very excited to have Abi join our staff," Pierce said. "She was successful as an athlete and she has done a great job coaching for our program as a Graduate assistant this season. She's organized, a hard worker, and committed to the vision we both have for the program"
Prior to joining the Tornado staff, Slonski was a stand-out athlete at University Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). While there she earned All-America East honors and was the runner-up at the America East Championships in the javelin in 2016 and 2017. She owns the school record in the javelin with a mark of 45.15 meters and was the runner-up in the collegiate division at the Penn Relays in 2017. Slonski was the first UMBC javelin thrower to qualify for the NCAA Prelims.