|Position:||Assistant Coach (horizontal jumps)|
Cell Phone: (510) 612-4417
Nkosinza Balumbu, a five-time SEC triple jump champion as a collegian at Arkansas, is in his second year as a full-time coach for the Golden Bears in 2014-15, where he serves as jumps coach as well as plays a vital role in recruiting.
Balumbu, a USATF level 2 certified coach who hails from Union City, Calif., and graduated from James Logan High School, worked as a volunteer assistant for the Cal program in 2013. He initially coached the sprinters and hurdlers, but finished the later part of the season with an extended role with the jumps program.
Under Balumbu’s supervision, the Bears jumpers excelled. Hammed Suleman won his first Pac-12 title in the long jump, placed second in the triple jump and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump. High Jumpers Noel Frazier and Nick Ridge fared well by respectively finishing sixth and eight at the Pac-12 Championships.
On the women’s side, two Bears reached for the NCAA meet. Malaina Payton placed third at the Pac-12 Championships in the long jump, 10th overall at NCAA’s and ninth at the USA Championships. In addition, triple jumper Amanda Hunter equally had a third-place finish at Pac-12’s. She followed that performance by taking 12th at NCAA’s and 11th at the USA meet.
During Balumbu’s time as a student-athlete at Arkansas, he won five SEC title in the triple jump and was a seven-time All-American. He captured the 2008 NCAA triple jump title and was the last individual national champion for legendary coach John McDonnell. Balumbu earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Arkansas in 2009.