Walter Curry enters his 18th season as the head coach of the Wesleyan men's and women's track & field programs during the 2018-19 season.
Before coming to Wesleyan, Curry compiled an outstanding stint as an assistant coach at Boston College, coaching three Division I All-Americans, and numerous Big East All-Conference and All-New England performers.
During his 18-year tenure in Middletown, Conn., Curry has achieved similar success, coaching 35 NCAA qualifiers (20 indoor, 15 outdoor) and 19 All-Americans (13 indoor, six outdoor), including two National Champions (55-meter indoor dash in 2003, 5,000-meter indoor run in 2007). At the conference level, Curry guided the men’s team to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 NESCAC Championship, which was the best conference finish in Wesleyan history, and he also coached a two-time NESCAC Championship Meet MVP.
A graduate of Iowa State University, where he was an outstanding hurdler and sprinter for the Cyclones as a member of their indoor and outdoor Big Eight Conference Championship squads of the mid-1980s, Curry had several individual top-three conference finishes, a place on the Iowa State 55-meter and 110-meter hurdles top-10 list, and a trip to the NCAA Division I Championship in 1986 to his credit.
Curry began coaching during his time as an undergraduate at Iowa State, working with the Cyclones' summer camp in 1985 and 1986. More recently, Curry has been a teacher for the hurdles events at the Brown University Track & Field Camp from 1995 to 2002, and was a guest clinician at the 2000 and 2001 New England High School Track & Field Coaches Clinic. Curry, along with Wesleyan track & field, has been the co-sponsors of the Connecticut H.S. Coaches Association Track & Field Clinic in recent years. The event is hosted in the Bacon Field House each November.
Additionally, Curry has represented Wesleyan athletics as a committee member on the ECAC Championship Meet Committee, and the New England Division III Men’s Cross Country / Track & Field Association as vice president and president.
Curry is also a USATF Level II certified coach in three of the four track & field event disciplines, "sprints/hurdles/relays", along with his certification in the “jump events" and “throw events”. Curry had the good fortune to be involved in the teaching of the “hurdle event" as the writer, co-producer and clinician for an instructional video on hurdling, which was first distributed nationally by Championship Books and Video Productions in 1998, and is still in circulation today, teaching high school athletes and coaches the principles of the hurdle event.
Curry lives with his family in Torrington, Conn.