Bryan Schiding is in his second year as the head men's track and field and cross country coach at Missouri Soutehrn after serving four years as an assistant coach for the Lions. He worked primarily with the men’s sprinters and both the men and women’s jumpers, but now has oversight of the entire program.
In five years at Southern, his athletes have combined for 18 individual and two relay All-American honors. In total, the Southern track and field athletes have accounted for 143 individual NCAA qualifying marks (92 men, 51 women) during his tenure.
The 2014 season saw the Lions earn six All-Region honors in the indoor portion of the schedule, while picking up three All-American performances at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Jeff Fraley also earned the MIAA High Point honors at the Indoor MIAA Championships after winning both the 60m and 200m titles. Four Lions earned All-Region honors in the outdoor season and Darion Boure earned All-American honors en route to breaking his own triple jump record for the third-straight season.
In 2013, Boure again broke the triple jump record with a mark of 51-10.50 at the MIAA Championships, while freshman Tylor Allbright broke the long jump record, as well. On the women's side, freshmen Kaylee Morgan and Brittani Regan had stellar first-year campaigns. Both were All-American in the outdoor season with Reagan earning AA honors in both the long and triple jump. Morgan set the school record in the long jump as a freshman, as well and both her and Reagan qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Championships.
In 2012, the Southern sprinters and long/triple jumpers virtually rewrote the indoor and outdoor top-10 lists. Freshman sprinter Jeff Fraley, was the indoor and outdoor MIAA champion in the 200m, and was ranked top three nationally in the 60m, 100m, and 200m dashes. In addition, Fraley was a two-time All-American 200m sprinter last year. Freshman jumper Darion Boure broke the outdoor triple jump record by nearly a foot, and was also an outdoor All-American.
One of Schiding’s more decorated athletes is Tyrone Smith. Smith, a professional long jumper, currently owns the Bermuda national record. He most recently finished 12th at the London Olympic games, and had previously finished 15th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Smith currently has a personal best jump of 27’ 0”. His collegiate career included two national runner-up finishes and a fourth place showing in the event at the 2006 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.
Prior to Missouri Southern, Schiding spent 6-years at Missouri S&T. He was twice named as the NCAA Division II Men’s Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 2007 for the Great Lakes Region after the Miners posted their highest finish ever at an NCAA championship meet, then again in 2009 as the Missouri S&T men's team swept the Great Lakes Valley Conference titles with strong performances from its sprinters and jumpers keying the title runs.
While at S&T, Schiding developed one of the finest Pole Vault programs in Division II. Over a span of six years, he had 14 All-Americans and 30 NCAA qualifiers in the Pole Vault. In 2009, he coached three different pole vaulters over 17 feet. The Miner sprinters and field event competitors had great success under Schiding's guidance. His stay at Missouri S&T saw 74 individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships with 22 earning All-America honors. His athletes set 61 new school records and had over 150 all-conference performances. Missouri S&T also had four individuals earn the GLVC "Freshman of the Year" awards and had a total of 73 individual qualifying marks, one relay and 21 All-Americans during his stay in Rolla.
Prior to joining the Missouri S&T coaching staff, Schiding
served as an assistant track and field coach at LaSalle University
in Philadelphia for the three seasons. He coached both the men's
and women's field events and also worked with the sprinters and
hurdlers. He helped coach teams to a total of five
Atlantic-10 Conference championships, including two men's and two
women's titles in cross country, and the men’s indoor title
in 2003. His athletes established 11 new school records
during his three seasons on the staff.
Schiding was the team captain while competing at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., from where he graduated in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He set the school record in the indoor long jump and won conference titles in the long jump (twice) and triple jump; he earned seven all-conference awards during his career at Bucknell. Schiding also competed in the sprint and multi events as well as the relays.
He earned his MBA with a concentration in marketing from LaSalle. Schiding currently resides in Carl Junction with his wife, Stephanee and daughter Lilyan and son William.
Brian Allen is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Missouri Southern track and field teams. His primary responsibility will be to coach the throwers.
Allen came to Southern after coaching the throwers for the past two seasons at the University of Central Missouri. Prior to Central Missouri, Allen spent a season coaching at his alma mater, Pittsburg State. There he was responsible for coaching the school's throwers. During his tenure as an assistant coach, he helped coach 22 All-MIAA throwers, including six conference champions and seeing six school records broken. He helped coach 11 All-American throwers, including a national champion in the shot put and a runner up in the discus.
A very decorated student-athlete at PSU, Allen was a four-year letterwinner for the Gorillas, including serving as a team captain in both his junior and senior campaigns. He was a nine-time All-American and was the 2009 national runner up in the shot put. During his career, he was a 17-time All-MIAA thrower and he picked up four conference championships in the hammer throw, two in the discus and one in the shot put.
He was the 2009 South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year as voted upon by the coaches in the region. He holds the Pittsburg State school record in the indoor and outdoor shot put, the hammer throw and weight throw.
Jamie Burnham is in his 17th year as a full-time assistant with the Lions cross country and track & field teams. He works with the distance runners.
Burnham has helped to mentor what has become one of the most dominating dynasties of distance runners the MIAA has seen. The 2009 Southern women's cross country team won its fourth-straight MIAA cross country title, its third-straight NCAA Division II South Central Regional title and finished the season with a third-place finish at the national meet in Evansville, Indiana. The cross country team had six All-Region selections and four All-American selections that year where the team set MIAA and NCAA regional records for the fewest points scored (18) at each event.
Also assisting with the track and field teams, Burham helped the Lions to the MIAA Triple Crown in 2007-08 (Championships in Cross Country, as well as indoor and outdoor Track and Field).
An accomplished runner himself, Burnham was a five-time All-American for Missouri Baptist College, and in 1987 was national runner-up in the 10,000-meter run. He holds Missouri Baptist school records in the 5,000-meter run (14 minutes, 3.00 seconds), 10,000 (29:30.00), and marathon (two hours, 26.00 minutes). He is a member of the Missouri Baptist Athletics Hall of Fame.
Burnham also has had his share of success since completing his collegiate eligibility. A native of Carl Junction, Mo., he competed in the Dallas White Rock Marathon and New York City Ekiden Marathon Relay in 1987, finishing third and 25th, respectively, and in 1988 was 50th in the Los Angeles Marathon before competing in the United States Olympic Trials Marathon.
In addition to his duties with the cross country and track & field teams, Burnham is the Southern Athletics equipment manager, and works for the Missouri Southern Physical Plant as a driver.