Assistant Coach • Jumps, Multi • Recruiting Coordinator • Director of Player Development
1– NCAA silver medalist
1– SEC champion
1– SEC silver medalist
2– time USTFCCCA Virginia High School Girls Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
3– time VHSL Class 5A Girls Indoor Coach of the Year (2016-18)
3– time VHSL Class 5A Girls Outdoor Coach of the Year (2016-18)
4– Student-athletes that advanced to the NCAA East Regional at Vanderbilt
5– All-America selections
6– school records at Vanderbilt
9– SEC scorers
2015– Milestat Virginia High School Coach of the Year
Justin Byron is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Vanderbilt women’s track and field program, working primarily with jumps and multi-event athletes. He also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and director of player development.
Achievements at Vanderbilt – Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Player Development (2021–present)
In the long jump, three student-athletes Byron coached achieved marks ranking in the program’s all-time top 10 during the 2024 indoor season. Allyria McBride broke the 28-year-old long jump school record at the SEC Indoor Championships, scoring and placing seventh with a 6.13-meter mark.
At the conference championships, Byron also guided Madison Murray to a seventh-place finish in the pentathlon and her third personal-best score of the season, 3.640 points. During the multi-event competition, Murray matched her all-time personal best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.68 meters.
During the 2023 season, student-athletes Byron coached broke five school records, and 21 of their performances ranked in the program’s all-time top 10. He guided Beatrice Juskeviciute to the SEC title in the heptathlon and a silver medal in the event at the NCAA Championships. She was the runner-up in the pentathlon at the indoor conference championships and finished sixth at nationals.
Under Byron’s direction, Brooke Overholt finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Championships, recording personal bests in the semifinals and final. Her time of 55.50 seconds is second in Vanderbilt history.
At the 2023 outdoor conference championships, all three Commodore heptathletes recorded scoring performances, and Overholt scored for Vanderbilt in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing fifth. Four student-athletes, coached by Byron, advanced to the NCAA East Regional in three events.
Prior to Vanderbilt
At Cornell – Associate Head Coach (2019–21)
The Prince George’s County, Maryland, native joined the Commodores after three years in the Ivy League with Cornell, most recently serving as associate head coach for the Big Red.
While in Ithaca, Byron coached a team that boasted two All-Americans, set five school records and achieved 19 spots on the school’s all-time top 10 lists. He coached Juskeviciute to the pentathlon conference title in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, she also won the heptathlon conference crown. With Byron’s tutelage, Overholt earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 Ivy League Championships.
At Nansemond River High School – Head Coach (2012–18)
Before Cornell, Byron was the head coach of the Nansemond River High School track & field team in Suffolk, Virginia, where it captured 11 state titles, indoor and outdoor. From 2012 to 2018, Byron led 47 individuals and 15 relay teams to state championships, breaking 11 Virginia state records. On the national stage, prep student-athletes that Byron coached boasted six all-time top 10 marks, five national meet records and 14 national crowns.
In 2015, Byron was named the Milestat Virginia High School Coach of the Year. On three occasions (2016–18), he was named the Virginia High School League Girls Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year. Twice, he was tabbed as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Virginia High School Girls Coach of the Year (2015, 2016).
Contributions to the Community
In 2010, Byron founded 5 Star Track Program, a youth track and field club designed to promote academic and athletic success. In addition to claiming AAU National Club Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the program implemented a college prep program that produced a 100 percent high school graduation rate, with more than 80 percent pursuing higher education. Of the athletes that were part of the year-round training program, 14 won high school state championships, four claimed high school national championships and one set a high school national record.
Byron also served as the executive director of the Athletic Bridge Experience, a nonprofit with a two-prong focus of helping student-athletes strive for academic and athletic excellence and increasing youth health and fitness for athletes and non-athletes in the community.
Byron obtained a master’s in recreation and sports science in 2014 from Ohio University. He graduated cum laude from North Carolina A&T with a bachelor’s in business finance.
Byron was born in Washington, D.C.; his parents are Cyril and Marsha Jones-Byron.
• Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Player Development, Vanderbilt (2021–present)
• Associate Head Coach, Cornell (2019–21)
• Assistant Coach, Cornell (2018–19)
• Head Coach, Nansemond River High School (2012–18)
• Assistant Coach, North Carolina A&T (2006–07)