Nicole Dumpson enters her second year as an assistant coach of the cross country/track & field programs at Central. Dumpson joined the Central Connecticut coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2018.
She came to the Blue Devils after a stint at American International College where she coached sprints and hurldes. She has also been an assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut State from 2005-06, where she coached the men’s team there to both Indoor and Outdoor Little East Conference Championships; and an assistant coach at Lehman College from 2007-09, helping lead the team to City University of New York titles in both Indoor and Outdoor Track in 2008 and 2009. Prior to AIC she was at Virginia State University, where she helped lead the cross country team to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles in 2011-12, indoor track titles in 2012 and 2013, and an outdoor track championship in 2012.
Dumpson also served as head coach at Port Washington High School from 2013-16 and mentored 24 spring track National Qualifiers, eight winter track National Qualifiers, as well as the school’s first ever winter conference champion in 2015-16.
Dumpson is a graduate of Central Connecticut where she competed from 2000-05. She won a Northeast Conference championship in the indoor 400 meter dash in 2001 and the 500 meter dash in 2003, as well as the outdoor 400 hurdles that spring. Dumpson also owns multiple school records and earned All-NEC honors 10 times, was a three-time New England champion, and qualified for the NCAA East Regionals.
After college, she continued to compete, winning the Empire State Games seven times in the 400 intermediate high hurdles, as well as wining the heptathalon; she also competed in the Reebok Grand Prix in the 400 meter. She was a two-time US National Championship/World Championship Trial Semifinalist, and the 2015 USATF Long Island Female Athlete of the Year.