Beau Houston, who helped the Falcons reach unprecedented success in 2016, is back on the sidelines for her third season as an assistant coach with the Air Force track and field program.
A native of Aurora, Colo. (Montbello High School), Houston oversees the men's and women's sprints and hurdles program at the Academy. In addition to her coaching duties with the track and field team, she is an instructor in the Physical Education department, leading courses in physical development, combatives and life skills.
Last season, Houston-led athletes made history with two All-America accolades (the first from a sprinting event in more than 30 years and the first-ever in a hurdle event) and the Academy's first relay appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her 4x100-meter squad also became the first service academy team to run a sub-40 in that event. Houston's 2016 athletes claimed five conference titles, including the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor meet and the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay at the outdoor championships. Overall, the sprinters and hurdlers accounted for 19 scoring finishes at the conference championship meets to lead Air Force to the Mountain West team titles during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Houston, who advanced five athletes to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, guided Jamiel Trimble to several major awards in 2016, including the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year and the Outstanding Performer Award of the MW Outdoor Championships.
During her first season in 2015, Houston saw her athletes account for two men's titles at the MW Outdoor Championships, including the Academy's first-ever title in the 4x100-meter relay and the first 110-meter hurdles title in 11 years. She coached the 4x400-meter relay to all-conference honors during both the indoor and outdoor seasons and sent two men to the first-round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Since her arrival, the Falcons have accounted for seven Academy records and made 29 improvements to the program's all-time standings. Her athletes have also impacted all-time record books beyond the Academy, as Trimble's winning 200-meter time of 20.12 in the first round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships is a new conference record and NCAA West Prelim mark.
Houston joined the Academy coaching staff in October 2014 after spending two seasons at Southern University, where she served as an assistant coach for the track and field team and head coach of the cross country program.
She was instrumental in helping the Southern men's and women's track and field teams to second-place finishes at the SWAC Track and Field Championships. She coached several Jags to all-conference honors, highlighted by three conference titles (60-meter hurdles, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles) and one championship-meet record (60-meter hurdles) from Tershauna Broadnax. In addition, the women's 4x100-meter relay finished first and the 4x400-meter relay took second at the conference meet, Harold Fluellen finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, Sherrelle Jordan was the team's top point-scorer, and Valerie Thames concluded a phenomenal season by picking up a 10th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2014 U.S. Junior Championships in Eugene.
As the head coach of the Jags' cross country team, Houston helped the Southern distance runners improve their team finishes at the SWAC Championships, with the Lady Jags moving from 10th to fifth. She also coached two SWAC Athletes of the Week during the fall.
Prior to her official hire at Southern, Houston spent two years as a volunteer with the Jags' program and saw success throughout the hurdle events. During that span, Erich Seals claimed a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the SWAC Championships and a bid to the NCAA Regional Championships, while Maya Anderson finished fourth at the conference meet in the 400-meter hurdles.
Houston had a standout collegiate career at the University of Alabama, garnering All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles after finishing fourth at the both the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. A two-time team captain, she also captured SEC Championship titles in the 60-meter hurdles (2005) and 55-meter hurdles (2006), while setting school records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.01) and 100-meter hurdles (12.95). In addition, Houston holds the second-fastest 400-meter hurdles time in Tide history (56.28) and ran on the program's fifth-fastest 4x100-meter relay squad (44.17).
As a sophomore, Houston was named the Outstanding Performer of the 2004 Drake Relays, after winning the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and anchoring two Tide relay teams to championship titles. An SEC Track Athlete of the Week following that meet, Houston was also featured in the "Track and Field News" national publication for her performance. She repeated as the Drake Relays' 400-meter hurdles champion in 2005, with a meet-record performance, and ran on the winning 4x100-meter relay.
Houston prides herself on volunteerism and advocacy. While at Alabama, she served on the Board of Directors for Lady Warriors Inc, a girls' athletic organization, and ran the "If the Shoe Fits" scholarship program, in which she personally-sponsored funding for athletic shoes for participants and winners of various academic contests through a national athletic apparel retailer. She has also assisted with various student-athlete services, including sports marketing and athlete academics.
Houston, who graduated from Alabama in 2005, holds a bachelor's degree in business marketing and a master's degree in sports management. She is Level 2 certified through USA Track and Field for sprints/hurdles/relays, endurance events, and jump event disciplines. Houston has also completed training through the Emerging Elite program with USATF and attended the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in 2015.
Houston has two children -- London and Marcus -- and is married to Marcus Houston.