University of Pittsburgh - Track and Cross Country


Brent Shelby returned to the University of Pittsburgh during the 2015-16 season to resume his duties as throws coach – a position he also held at Pitt from 2007-09.

Since his return, Shelby has put Pitt throwers on the national stage, with Grant Jones reaching the 2016 NCAA Preliminary Rounds in javelin as a freshman, and Andin Fosam qualifying for the 2017 NCAA Championships in hammer throw. He helped Fosam break school records in weight throw and hammer en route to her national championship appearance. Jones and Fosam earned All-ACC honors in javelin and weight throw, respectively.

During his first stint with the Panthers, Shelby had four indoor and six outdoor IC4A/ECAC qualifiers.

Prior to his return to Oakland, Shelby coached at Youngstown State from 2009-15, where he elevated the Penguins to new heights. His accomplishments include coaching Bobby Grace to a runner-up finish at the 2015 U.S. Indoor Championship Meet and a 2012 Olympic Trial B Standard in the shot put. Grace was also a First Team All-American with a third-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championship Meet in the shot put.

The Penguins broke eight school records with Shelby as the coach and seven Horizon League records were established. He guided his athletes to 39 individual conference titles from 2009-15 and had 12 athletes garner Horizon League Performer or Newcomer of the Year Awards.

Shelby is a 2006 graduate of Kent State University. He was a four-time NCAA Regional qualifier in the discus, as well as a three-time qualifier in the shot put and once in the hammer. Shelby was the 2004 Mid-American Conference Champion in shot put.

Shelby and his wife, Beverly, reside in Pittsburgh with their daughter, Stella.