David Pickett is in his fourth year at North Greenville serving as director of sprints, hurdles and jumps. He also assists with the day-to-day operations for cross country and track & field.
Pickett has mentored several Crusader student-athletes to national and regional success since his arrival. Last season, he guided the men's 4x100-meter relay squad to a runner-up finish at the DII Outdoor National Championships. During the same meet, Tevin Richardson finished fifth in the 200 meters earning his third career All-American honor, while helping the men's team to its first NCAA Top 25 finish in school history. Richardson also earned the Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year honor after leading the region in the 400 (46.56) and ranking second in the deuce (20.81). He teamed up with JJ Sherman, Jackson Junkins and Preston Pierce in the short relay as well and anchored NGU to the fastest time in the Southeast for DII (40.40). Additionally, Pickett helped Sherman capture another All-American honor in the 60 after placing fifth at indoor nationals. Sherman repeated as the Conference Carolinas 100 meter Champion as well in 2019, running the third fastest wind-legal time in the nation (10.32).
Pickett’s work with the men’s team didn’t go unnoticed in 2019 as he was voted by his peers as the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
The 2019 season also saw the women's sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers make great strides under Pickett. Shekinah Wilder won her sixth Conference Carolinas title in the triple jump and was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for the third consecutive season. The women’s team placed four student-athletes on the USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region Team as well, including Wilder, Collia Rowe and Emily Beisecker. Wilder held the best mark in the Southeast for the triple jump, while Rowe (400) and Beisecker (400H) recorded the third and fourth best times in their respective events. NGU women's sprints, hurdles and jumps unit also rewrote the record book in 2019, setting school records in 12 events.
In 2018, Shekinah Wilder became the first female in school history to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships. Under Pickett’s guidance, Wilder eclipsed the 12 meter barrier for the first time in her career, leaping 40 feet, 2.75 inches, which ranked her indoors as the 10th best jumper in the country. In his first season, Pickett coached JJ Sherman to a fourth place finish in the 60 (6.71) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Sherman became the first NGU athlete (of any sport) to earn First-Team All-American honors.
In all, Pickett has coached 6 All-Americans, an NCAA Championship Runner-up finish, 14 Conference Champions (11 individual, 3 relays), 8 National Qualifiers, 45 All-Conference selections, 31 School records, and 4 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors at NGU. His event group has claimed Conference Carolinas Athlete of the Week honors 18 times and holds two Championship records. In addition, he has coached the last two Conference Carolinas Track Athletes of the Year in Sherman (2018) and Richardson (2019).
Pickett joined North Greenville in fall 2016 after three seasons at Milligan College as an assistant. There, he coached two AAC Champions and multiple all-conference performers and point scorers in the sprints, hurdles and multi-events. He was also instrumental in the women's team winning the AAC Outdoor Championship in 2014, and assisted the men's and women's cross country teams in winning four conference titles. Along with his coaching duties, Pickett lectured in the Human Performance and Exercise Science Department at Milligan.
Prior to his stint at Milligan, Pickett spent a season at East Tennessee State University as a volunteer assistant. While under the tutelage of Brandon Morton, he assisted in the coaching of a women's 4 x 100 relay team that earned All-American honors at the NCAA DI Championships. He also worked with three athletes that qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the 100, 100H and Long jump.
In 2012, Pickett helped facilitate training for US Olympic Medalist and World Champion Manteo Mitchell. Mitchell won a silver medal at the London Olympic Games as a member of the United States’ 4 x 400 relay. Pickett continued to work alongside Mitchell throughout his post-collegiate career as a travel coach, assisting Mitchell and his primary coach with workouts and meet logistics at numerous professional competitions around the world.
Pickett is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. While at UNCA, he was a member of the track & field team and served as a student assistant for their Athletic Communications Department. He completed a Masters in Kinesiology and Sport Management in 2013 at ETSU.
Pickett has continued his education by obtaining a USATF Level 2 Coaches certification in the sprints, hurdles and relays. He is also certified as a USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning specialist.