Adrain Mann enters his third season as an assistant coach on Clemson's track & field staff in 2014-15. Mann, a former All-American at the University of Florida and volunteer assistant with LSU track & field, assists head coach Mark Elliott and the other members of the staff with day-to-day operations relating to Clemson's program.
Mann was instrumental in transitioning Mark Elliott and the new members of his staff into Clemson in 2014. In Elliott's first season, Clemson athletes combined to record six All-America honors and nine All-ACC performances. Mann was a big reason the Tigers were responsible for signing a highly decorated 2014 recruiting class, particularly on the women's side.
In 2013, Clemson won ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in women's track & field. Sprinters and hurdlers won 11 individual ACC titles, and Mann had a positive impact on their training throughout the season. He helped Brianna Rollins to a pair of NCAA Championships and collegiate records in the high hurdles. On the men's side, he also helped coach Spencer Adams to a pair of ACC titles and bronze medals at the NCAA Championships in the hurdles.
Mann had a positive effect on sophomore hurdler Keni Harrison in his first year at Clemson. She was named the ACC's Most Valuable Track Performer at the league outdoor meet. Harrison went on to break the Clemson record in the 400 hurdles and earn first-team All-America status in three different outdoor events.
Mann joined the Tiger staff after spending five seasons as a volunteer assistant under Dennis Shaver at LSU. During that stretch, LSU won a pair of NCAA Championships in women's outdoor track & field - 2008 and 2012. In five indoor and outdoor seasons with Mann as a volunteer, the Tigers finished no worse than sixth at an NCAA national meet. The LSU men's program also finished no worse than sixth, with runner-up NCAA finishes in 2008 and 2012.
Mann was a five-time All-American hurdler at the University of Florida from 1996-2000. He earned a pair of individual All-America honors in the 400 hurdles, finishing as high as fifth at the 2000 outdoor meet. He still ranks sixth on the school's all-time performance list in the 400 hurdles with a personal best 49.68 at the 2000 Reebok Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. In 2000, his performance helped the Gators to a fourth-place team finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Durham, N.C. He went on to compete in the 400 hurdles in the U.S. Olympic Trials that year.
He was also a member of three All-America 4x400 relays with the Gators, including both seasons in 1998. He helped the 4x4 to an SEC Championship during the 1998 indoor season as well. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Florida in 2001.
Prior to his time in Gainesville, he was a three-time state champion in the 300 hurdles at Wolfson High School in Jacksonville. He led Wolfson to the 1996 state championship. Mann, 35, holds a Level II coaching certification from USA Track & Field.
Mann is married to Melissa DeLeon, the national record-holder in the 800 meters from Trinidad & Tobago. They have twin girls, Adoria and Queen, born March 25, 2014.