In his eighth season at the University of Houston, former Olympian and NCAA champion Floyd Heard is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at the University of Houston. He assists head coach Leroy Burrell with coaching Houston's sprinters, hurdlers and relays.
Last season, Heard helped guide Tremaine Smith to a pair of conference titles, as well as sending Seun Adigun, Tyron Carrier and Jason Perez to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after all three individually qualified to advance at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb. He also tutored the women's 4x100m relay team of Dayo Ogunniyi, Quin'shundolyn McPherson, Kalyn Floyd and Adigun to the NCAA meet.
In 2007, Heard's assistance helped Ebonie Floyd to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also set multiple school and conference records and was named the C-USA Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
In 2006, he helped coach a very successful group of sprinters. Floyd set school records in the 200 and 400 meters and was a outdoor conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters. Heard also helped coach Carey LaCour to a conference championship in the 200 and 400 meters.
In 2005, he helped coach LaCour, an All-America selection and C-USA Men's Outdoor Athlete of the Year, along with Houston's All-America 4x100 meter relay team. In 2004, he assisted Burrell in coaching two-time All-America sprinter Stanford Routt, who also was named the 2004 C-USA Men's Indoor Athlete of the Year.
In his first season as assistant coach, Heard tutored 2003 NCAA qualifier Robert Foster. He was named an assistant coach after serving two seasons as a volunteer assistant.
Born in West Point, Miss., Heard attended Marshall High School in Milwaukee, Wis., and scored a double win in the 100 and 200 meters at the Golden West meet in 1985.
He entered Texas A&M that fall, and won the 200 meters at the NCAA Championships as a freshman with a time of 20.34 in 1986. Later that year, he won the 200-meter dash at the USA Championship over Olympians Carl Lewis, Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson and placed second at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston.
This Goodwill Games' winner ended the year ranked number-one in the World in the 200-meters. In 1987, Heard won the 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and Pan American Games. He also was the runner-up at the World University Games, placed fourth at the USA Outdoor Championships and sixth at the World Outdoor Championships.
He left Texas A&M in 1988 after finishing in eighth place at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The following year, he joined the Santa Monica Track Club under the tutelage of former UH head coach Tom Tellez and won the U.S. title with a season's fastest time, 20.08 seconds, and then took second place in the World Cup. In 1989, he finished the year ranked number three in the World.
During the next decade, Heard finished among the top eight 200-meter sprinters from 1990-98. He placed fourth at the USA Championships in 1990, third in 1991 and fifth in 1993.
In 1999, Heard took a year's sabbatical before re-emerging as one of the world's top sprinters in 2000.
That year, he made his first U.S. Olympic Team after a second-place finish in the 200 meters at the Olympic Trials with a personal best time of 19.88 seconds. He also posted a time of 10.18 seconds in the 100 meters. Later that year, Heard placed sixth in the 200 meter semifinals in Sydney with a time of 20.63.
He has a daughter, Dori.