|Position:||Assistant Coach (Jumps)|
Cell Phone: (510) 612-4417
Nkosinza Balumbu, a five-time SEC triple jump champion as a collegian at Arkansas, enters his third year as a full-time coach for the Golden Bears in 2016, 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 working with the jumps program, helping the Bears Jumpers excel.
Balumbu guided Freshman Walter Jones IV to a 7th Place finish in the Long Jump at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a lifetime best jump of 7.79m/25’7 earning him first team All-American status. Other 2015 notable performances include Jonte Grant (LJ) 7.72m/25’4, (TJ) 15.97m/52’4 and Noel Frazier (HJ) 2.16m/7’1.
In 2014 Senior Hammed Suleman won his 3rd consecutive Pac-12 conference long jump title with a jump of 7.93m(w)/26’0 and also gained a lifetime best Triple jump of 16.27/53’4 while his time at Cal. Suleman went on to represent Nigeria in the Commonwealth games later that summer. Malaina Payton became the Indoor conference champion in the long jump in 2014. She finished her career with a lifetime best leap of 6.44m/21’1 and placed 11th at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships. In 2013 Senior Amanda Hunter improved tremendously within a short time elevating her personal best triple jump to 13.19m/43’3 at the NCAA outdoor Championship meet. She followed that performance by finishing 12th at USA Outdoor Championships.
During Balumbu’s time as a student-athlete at Arkansas, he won five SEC titles in the triple jump and was a seven-time All-American while being coached by Hall of Fame coach, Dick Booth. He captured the 2008 NCAA triple jump title and was the last individual national champion for legendary Head Coach John McDonnell. Balumbu earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Arkansas in 2009.