Travis Geopfert - Men's Track & Field - Arkansas Razorbacks

Travis Geopfert

  • Coaching resume:
    • 5 Olympians – 16 World Championships qualifiers
    • 13 NCAA Individual National Champions – 6 different events
    • 77 Individual Conference Champions
    • 89 first-team NCAA All-Americans
    • Coached Bowerman Award Winner, Jarrion Lawson
    • Coached Bowerman Award Finalist, Ayden Owens-Delerme
    • Bahamian National Champion and 3 Jamaican National Champions (titles)
    • 3 American Junior Records
    • 1 World Junior Record

Travis Geopfert, who returned to the Razorback men’s track and field program on July 1, 2021, is entering his 21st season as a collegiate track and field coach. From 2018-2021, Geopfert served as Associate Head Coach for both men’s and women’s track and field at Tennessee. Previously, Geopfert was an assistant coach with Arkansas for nine seasons (2009-18) and was also with Razorback head coach Chris Bucknam for five seasons at Northern Iowa (2003-08), while serving as Head Coach at Northern Iowa from 2008-2009. Geopfert started his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Central Missouri State (2002-03)

The coaching trio of Coach Bucknam, Associate Head Coach Doug Case and Geopfert have worked together 15 of the past 19 years.

Geopfert coached athletes have made their mark on the NCAA all-time top 10 marks in the long jump, high jump, triple jump, and decathlon.

NCAA top 10 marks coached by Geopfert include: Jarrion Lawson – outdoor long Jump (8.58m | 28-1.75) and indoor long jump (8.39m | 27-6.5), Darryl Sullivan – indoor and outdoor high jump (2.33m | 7-7.75), Clive Pullen – indoor triple jump (17.19m | 56-4.75), Ayden Owens-Delerme – decathlon (8,532) and indoor heptathlon (6,272). Kevin Lazas is also on the indoor all-time heptathlon list with a mark of 6,175 points enroute to winning the NCAA title in 2013.

A career that has produced 13 NCAA Champions in six different events and 89 first-team All-Americans, Geopfert’s work has not gone unnoticed, as he has been named USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year seven times, National Assistant Coach of the Year twice (2013, 2014) and Missouri Valley Conference Head Coach of the Year in 2009. In addition to NCAA success, he has coached five Olympians in seven different events and 16 World Championships qualifiers.

In the long jump, Geopfert has now coached nine different athletes over the elite 8.00m | 26-3 threshold. These athletes have produced 61 competitions over 8 meters, 18 competitions over 8.23 | 27-0 and Lawson’s 2016 Olympic Trials leap over 8.53 | 28-0.

Those marks include three different long jump Olympians (Raymond Higgs ‘12, Jarrion Lawson ’16, and Carey McLeod ’21) as well as seven different World Championships qualifiers. At the NCAA level, Geopfert coached long jumpers have produced 25 first-team All-Americans with four NCAA Champions and a remarkable 13 NCAA top-three finishes.

In the triple jump, Geopfert has produced three athletes that have gone over the 17.00m | 55-9.25 barrier (Clive Pullen, 17.19m ’16, Carey Mcleod 17.17m ’21, and Jah-Nai Perinchief 17.03m ’21). His triple jumpers have achieved three NCAA titles, two Olympic appearances, four World Championships qualifiers, five NCAA top-three finishes, and 15 first-team All-America honors.

In the combined events, Geopfert’s athletes have set numerous records including three American Junior Records, one World Junior Record and a Collegiate Record. Ayden Owens-Delerme leads the way winning both indoor and outdoor NCAA titles in 2022 as well as breaking the NCAA record at the Mt. SAC Relays and tying Ashton Eaton’s NCAA meet record while winning the outdoor campaign.

The 2022 season for Owens-Delerme also included finishing fourth with a personal best of 8532 points in the World Championships decathlon while being the youngest athlete in the field. He improved his Puerto Rican national record as he became the first person to represent the country in a World Championships decathlon.

His most notable mark in the World Championships decathlon was his 45.07 400 meters that ranks No. 2 only behind Eaton’s decathlon world best of 45.00 from 2015. The time also bettered the Puerto Rican national record.

Owens-Delerme remarkable 2022 season made him a Bowerman award finalist. All told Geopfert has had combined event athletes finish as first-team All-American on 16 occasions with three national champions and six NCAA top-three finishes.

Owens-Delerme is Geopfert’s second Bowerman finalist, as he guided Jarrion Lawson to the “Jesse Owens triple” in winning the 100m, 200m and long jump during the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. This feat ultimately won Lawson the Bowerman Award.

On the professional front Geopfert coaches an elite group of post collegians with “Trackwired Elite” comprised mostly of former Razorbacks. The group is anchored by Olympians Omar Mcleod, Jarrion Lawson, Clive Pullen, Kemar Mowatt, Darryl Sullivan, Hunter Woodhall, and Tara Davis, as well as World Championships qualifiers Laquan Nairn, Jah-Nhai Perinchief, and Marqueze Washington.

In 2022 the pro group sent seven athletes to the indoor and outdoor World Championships meets, which culminated in five top 10 finishes.

A standout student-athlete for Northern Iowa, Geopfert earned All-America honors and was a three-time MVC champion. Including his professional career as an athlete, he was a two-time Drake Relays decathlon champion, three-time member of the Thorpe Cup and a six-time USA Championships qualifier in the decathlon.

A native of Panora, Iowa, Geopfert earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa in 2002. Geopfert and his wife Nicole recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and have three children Jones -10, Jax-9, and Ellyn-8.