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Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
Debbie  Ferguson-McKenzie

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Georgia, 1999


Assistant Coach Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie enters her third season at the University of Houston after joining the program a year ago.

Ferguson-McKenzie was hired in 2014 to help coach the women’s sprints and hurdles as well as the women’s jumpers.

“When Seun Adigun stepped down to pursue other career opportunities, I felt we needed a person with the caliber of Olympic experience that already exists on our staff as a role model for our women,” Burrell said. “Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie provides that and then some.”

Ferguson-McKenzie had an immediate impact on the squad, and led sophomore Bria Carter to an American Athletic Conference Individual Championship in the 60m dash during the indoor season.

Ferguson-McKenzie’s women’s sprinters and hurdlers would go on to qualify three student-athletes to the NCAA West Regional including Carter along with senior Sade-Mariah Greenidge and sophomore Tori Williams. Greenidge would go on to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 100m hurdles along with the women’s 4x100m relay team.

As an athlete, Ferguson-McKenzie has won 52 medals in international competition including her Olympic and world championship medals, and was a 10-time Bahamas national champion in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. She is looking to bring the same hard work and persistence that earned her those medals to the Cougars.

Ferguson-McKenzie was a specialist at the 100- and 200-meter sprints, represented the Bahamas in five Olympic Games - Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 - and was a three-time Olympic medalist and four-time medalist at world championships.


In her time away from the track, Ferguson-McKenzie has built a charitable reputation while spending time as a motivational speaker, mentor and teen pregnancy counselor since 1994 and working with the Willamae Pratt Center for Girls, the Simpson Penn Center for Boys and the Bahamas Humane Society. She has also served as a member of the IAAF Athlete’s Commission and was nominated as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

03/25/17
Victor Lopez Classic
vs Victor Lopez Classic
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
03/29/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/30/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
03/31/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/01/17
Texas Relays
at Texas Relays
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/08/17
Houston Alumni Invitational
Houston, Texas
All Day
04/14/17
at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
All Day
04/15/17
at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
All Day
04/22/17
J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational
vs J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational
Houston, Texas (Rice)
All Day
04/27/17
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
04/28/17
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
04/28/17
Longhorn Invitational
at Longhorn Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/29/17
Longhorn Invitational
at Longhorn Invitational
Austin, Texas
All Day
04/29/17
Penn Relays
at Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
All Day
05/05/17
Tom Tellez Invitational
Houston, Texas
All Day
05/12/17
The American Outdoor Championships
Houston, Texas
All Day
05/13/17
The American Outdoor Championships
Houston, Texas
All Day
05/14/17
The American Outdoor Championships
Houston, Texas
All Day
05/25/17
at NCAA West Prelims
Austin, Texas
All Day
05/26/17
at NCAA West Prelims
Austin, Texas
All Day
05/27/17
at NCAA West Prelims
Austin, Texas
All Day
06/07/17
at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/08/17
at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/09/17
at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/10/17
at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.
All Day
06/22/17
at USATF Jr/Sr Championships
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
06/23/17
at USATF Jr/Sr Championships
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
06/24/17
at USATF Jr/Sr Championships
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day
06/25/17
at USATF Jr/Sr Championships
Sacramento, Calif.
All Day

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