Craig Kinsley ’11, former NCAA National Champion and Olympian, joined the track & field program as an assistant coach for throws in December of 2016.
“I couldn't be happier to welcome Craig back to College Hill,” said Springfield. “He's someone who has competed and coached at the top level, who loves Brown, and who brings an infectious enthusiasm about the sport. I know that he'll help elevate our program.”
Kinsley, a former NCAA National Champion in the javelin, returns to College Hill after competing professionally from 2011 to 2016 and spent the last four years at the US Olympic Training Center. Kinsley boasted a personal best throw of 82.31m/270-0 in 2012, which was the second best throw in the country through the Olympic Trials, earning a spot at the 2012 London Olympics where he was the top American finisher at the Games. He is a two time third-place finisher at the US Championships in the event, claiming the bronze in 2011 and 2012.
“With five years of world-class training while at Brown and then four years at the US Olympic Training Center as an athlete, coach, and shadow to some of the best coaches in the world, I am excited to return to Brown in a new capacity and continue our great legacy in the throws,” said Kinsley.
Kinsley, who also competed in the high jump at Brown, was a three-time NCAA All-American and a four-time Ivy League champion in the javelin. He was named a three-time Academic All-American by the USATFCCCA and was also named the Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year in 2010 by the same organization.
The school record holder in the javelin, Kinsley graduated from Brown in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences and Economics. At Brown, he was a three-time Academic All-Ivy selection and served as team co-captain as a senior during the 2010-11 campaign.
Most recently, Kinsley served as a coach at the US Training Center from 2012-2016 for Sean Furey (javelin), during which he won two US Championship victories (2014 and 2015), and a spot on the US Olympic Team in the 2016 Rio Games. Kinsley was the javelin coach in 2016 for Kiani Profit, US #10 ranked heptathlete, a year in which she improved her personal best by over two meters. Kinsley previously served as a volunteer assistant coach at Brown in 2011-12.