Dennis Shaver is the current track & field coach at Louisiana State University. Shaver came to LSU in 1995 as an assistant coach. Since his arrival, he has coached 22 Olympians, 7 Olympic medalists, 411 All-Americans, 39 individual National Champions, 49 NCAA event titles, and 19 national championship relay teams.
He began his college coaching career at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1981 as an assistant football and track coach. In 1982, he became the head coach for the track team at Hutchinson Community College. He left Hutchinson in 1985 to become the head track coach at Barton Community College, where he had tremendous success. During his last year there, he became the first coach to ever win the NJCAA “triple crown” winning the cross-country, indoor, and outdoor titles. After Barton, Shaver became an assistant at Auburn University for the next three years before arriving in Baton Rouge in 1995 as an assistant coach. In 2004, he replaced the legendary Pat Henry as head track and field coach.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He later earned a master’s degree in education administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981.
Dennis coached Richard Thompson to 100m silver at the Olympics with an amazing 9.89 time and grabbed the headlines, he was not the only athlete coached by Shaver to line up at the Olympic Games in 2008. Former Lady Tiger hurdler and two-time World Indoor champion Lolo Jones made her Olympics debut with a seventh-place finish after winning the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials, while Baptiste (Trinidad and Tobago) and Sherry Fletcher (Grenada) ran the 100 meters and Wilson (Jamaica) and Isa Phillips (Jamaica) competed in the 400-meter hurdles.
Records and Achievements at LSU
7 Olympic Medalists
54 NCAA Champion athletes winning 59 NCAA event titles
24 NCAA Champion Relay Teams
Athletes have earned 539 All-America honors in 34 years of coaching
81 SEC Champion athletes winning 149 SEC event titles
35 SEC Champion Relay Teams
378 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections in 12 seasons as LSU’s head coach
2008 & 2012 NCAA Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year
7-time SEC Women’s Coach of the Year
4-time USTFCCCA Women’s South Central Region Coach of the Year
2007 USTFCCCA Women’s Mideast Region Coach of the Year
2003 USTCA Assistant Coach of the Year
-Coached Kimberlyn Duncan to the low-altitude collegiate record of 22.19 in the 200-meter dash to win the title at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and a PR of 21.80 to win the event at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships.
-Coached Richard Thompson to a Collegiate Record of 9.89 in the 100-meter final to win a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
-Coached Xavier Carter to four individual NCAA titles at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining the legendary Jesse Owens of Ohio State in 1935 and 1936 as the only athletes in history to accomplish the feat.
-Coached LSU to five Collegiate Relay Records all-time, including the women’s 4×100 (42.55), women’s 4×200 (1:29.78), men’s 4×400 (2:59.59) and women’s shuttle hurdle relay (52.77). He also coached the women’s 4×400 to the former NCAA Championships meet record of 3:25.26.