Victor Houston is in his fourth season as assistant women's track coach at the University of Iowa. His main area of responsibility will be the sprints, hurdles, field events and multi-events.
During his tenure, Hawkeye field event competitors have earned four all-America honors, sent eight qualifiers to the NCAA Championships and set school records 13 times. Iowa has also sent 12 field event student-athletes to the NCAA Midwest Regional. In 2007, Houston took over coaching the hurdles, where he guided senior Tiffany Johnson to Iowa's first 100-meter hurdles title at the regional meet. Johnson broke her own school record in that event and became the first Hawkeye to win consecutive titles at the Drake Relays.
Also in 2007, seniors Peaches Roach, Johnson and Becca Franklin, junior Tammilee Kerr and sophomore Renee White helped raised the standard for Hawkeye field events. All five qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional, making it the largest group of field event competitors to participate in the meet in school history. Roach earned her fourth all-America honor and fifth Big Ten title in the high jump. Kerr set the school heptathlon record and became the first Hawkeye under Houston to compete at the NCAA Championships in the multi-events. White broke Johnson's school indoor and outdoor triple jump records, becoming the first Hawkeye in school history to jump over 42 feet outdoors. Franklin broke her own school records in the weight and hammer throws.
In 2006, Roach earned two all-America honors in the high jump, breaking the school's 23-year-old outdoor high jump record. Johnson broke her own indoor and outdoor triple jump school records, placing third in that event at the Big Ten outdoor meet and fourth indoors. White qualified for the NCAA regional meet in the long jump, and Franklin set the school weight throw record.
In his first season with the Hawkeyes, three Hawkeyes set four field event school records. Johnson set school records in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, Roach set the indoor high jump mark and Franklin smashed the outdoor hammer throw record by over 20 feet. Roach earned all-America honors in the indoor high jump, while senior Kamesha Marshall provisionally qualified for the national indoor meet in the pentathlon.
Houston joined the Hawkeyes after a three-year stint as assistant coach at the University of Texas-El Paso. He served as jumps coach, while overseeing the multi-event athletes and short hurdlers for the men's and women's track teams. In three seasons with the Miners, Houston trained four all-Americans, nine NCAA qualifiers, four NCAA all-region placers, five WAC Champions and 70 all-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) finishers. Three-time all-American Henderson Dottin and all-American Desiree Crichlow set the men's and women's Barbados national high jump record while under Houston's training. Dottin's mark was 7-3 1/2 (2.23 m), while Crichlow's mark of 6-2 (1.88 m) set the school record. Crichlow also jumped 43-7 (13.30 m) in the triple jump. Houston coached 2002 all-American Adrian Ghioroaie in the triple jump and Andy Champman, a 5-9 athlete who high jumped 7-0 1/2 (2.15 m) and pole vaulted 15-7 (4.75 m) in 2004.
Houston ran the 110 and 400-meter hurdles for his native Barbados at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also competed in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and placed 17th in that event at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece. A native of St. Michael, Barbados, Houston set several national records, including the 60-meter hurdles (7.75), 400-meter hurdles (49.21) and decathlon (7,777).
His international competition also includes the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships, the CAC Games, the Pan American Games and the Commonwealth Games. He won the 400-meter hurdles and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1999 CAC Championships. He placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1998 CAC Games, and placed fifth in that event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Houston's collegiate competition included stints at San Jacinto College and Auburn. While at San Jacinto, he set the NJCAA pentathlon record (4,201). At Auburn, he won the 1996 NCAA decathlon title and placed seventh in that event at the 1997 national meet. The four-time all-American also placed third in the 55-meter hurdles in 1996 and fourth in that event in 1997 at the NCAA meet. Houston won South Eastern Conference titles in the long jump (1996) and as part of a 400-meter relay (1997). He set Auburn school records in the decathlon (7,766), pentathlon (4.086), and ranks in the top 10 in the 110-meter hurdles, indoor and outdoor long jump (25-11 1/2), indoor high jump, triple jump and javelin.
Houston graduated from Auburn in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice.