Michelle Clayton is now in her fifth season as a member of the Dartmouth track and field staff as an assistant coach with a primary focus on throws.
She came to the Big Green from Duke University where she spent two seasons coaching the men’s and women’s throwers. During her short time at Duke, Michelle’s throwers made quite an impact. Blue Devil throwers set multiple records and she had four athletes qualify for NCAA regionals in 2009. In 2008, Clayton coached freshman John Austin to the IC4A title and All-America honors in the javelin.
Michelle graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina. In 1997, due to her efforts in the classroom, she was named to the GTE Academic All-America team as well as being named ECU’s Outstanding Female Student-Athlete. In 2000, Michelle completed her M.A.Ed. in Athletic Administration from East Carolina as well.
While at ECU, Michelle was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s track and field team. She is the most recent Pirate to earn All-America status as she placed ninth in the hammer throw at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During her ECU career (1995 – 1999) she dominated in several throwing events, setting school records in the indoor 20lb. weight throw and shot put as well as the outdoor shot put, discus and hammer throw.
In September 2011, Calyton was named to the ECU Athletics Hall fo Fame as a member of the 2011 inductee class.
During her time in Hanover, Clayton has helped develop and guide strong performers in the throwing circle Emmaline Berg, Cathy Liebowitz as well was Dave Irving and TJ Servino.
Clayton was a 19-time All-East performer and won Colonial Athletic Association titles in the shot put, discus, and hammer, while being named MVP of the meet and setting the conference record in the hammer. She became just the second individual ECAC champion in school history in both the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer throw.
Following graduation, she went on to compete for five more years qualifying for the 2000 and 2004 USA Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in the hammer throw. In 2003, Michelle was ranked seventh in the country and was consistently ranked in the top 10 from 2000 – 2005. Following her track career, Michelle went on to compete for USA Weightlifting finishing third in the country at the Senior Nationals in 2005.
Michelle previously served as a graduate assistant strength coach from 1998 – 2000 at East Carolina. She then went to Virginia Tech from 2000 – 2001 as the Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning for Women’s Olympic Sports before return to East Carolina to serve as a part time track and field coach and strength coach from 2001 – 2004. In 2004, Michelle rejoined the ECU staff full time as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and remained in the role before joining the Pirate Club Staff in August of 2007.