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David Self
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 936 294-3355
Email: dself@shsu.edu

Dave Self has been part of Sam Houston's successful track and field program since 2005, taking over as the Bearkats' head coach in July 2009 when previous coach Curtis Collier who moved to an administrative position as the athletic compliance coordinator.

In Self's tenure with Sam Houston track and field, the Bearkats have known nothing but success.

Both Sam Houston's men and women captured Southland Conference outdoor track and field crowns in 2005 and 2006. The two seasons after that, Self helped direct the women to a pair of Southland Conference Indoor Championships as well as an Outdoor title in 2008.

During his first season as head coach in 2010, the Sam Houston men placed third at the Southland Conference indoor men's championship. Michael Courtney highlighted the season by becoming the university's first NCAA Division I indoor All-American. Courtney finished fourth in the 400 meter dash.

Self, who is in charge of sprinters and hurdlers, has watched as his runners have produced 24 school records on 58 different occasions. Also, his athletes have racked up a total of 207 all-conference honors along with 31 individual or relay Southland Conference first-place finishes.

In 2008 he was named the Southland Conference Indoor Coach of the Year, becoming the first assistant coach in the conference to earn such an honor. 

Self previously served as head track and field coach at Garden City Community College from 1996-2002. There he coached 123 athletes who earned National Junior College Athletic Association All America honors. He also produced 21 national individual champions and one of his athletes was a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Track and Field team. 

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