Mihaela Tripon enters her second season with the Duquesne track & field programs. She came to the Bluff in October, 2013 after spending one season at California University of Pennsylvania where she was the recruiting coordinator and the men's and women's jumps and combined events coach. Under her guidance, the decathlon and women's long jump school records were broken and she brought in an impressive recruiting class.
Tripon (pronounced Mi-Hay-La Trip-Ohn) works with Duquesne's vertical and horizontal jumpers, combined events and javelin throwers. Her first season on the Bluff was very successful. Coach Tripon's student-athletes had a very strong presence at conference level indoor with Louise Prevoteau winning the indoor pentathlon. Prevoteau shattered the school record by over 300 points. Taylor Yarshen, recently introduced to long jump, finished 3rd. She also coached Brittany Edwards to a school record in the indoor in triple jump.
Additionally, she had three unprecedented athletes score in high jump. The women's team finished tied for second, recording their highest finish in the history of the program. The outdoor season started with new high jump school record set by Sherie Key. She continued breaking her record on two more occasions and qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round. At the conference level, Tripon's athletes won the high jump and heptathlon with new school records. A new javelin record was established by Julia Franzosa who finished third. Key and Yarshen were the Atlantic 10 runner ups in triple jump and long jump respectively.
On the men's side, Ian Welch was crowned as long jump champion, and runner-up in triple jump. Alex Gladysiewski broke the school record in javelin at IC4A Championships finishing 12th. He was also the A-10 runner up. The men's team finished third at conference level.
Tripon coached the jumpers and combined eventers for the University of Pittsburgh for six seasons. During her tenure, Pitt won three Big East team championships and finished in second place at two additional championships. She is the recipient of the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year award on three occasions.
In addition, Pitt won four consecutive ECAC Championships. Overall, Coach Tripon directly coached nine Big East champions in long jump, triple jump, pentathlon and heptathlon. One of her student-athletes was the Big East Championship heptathlon record holder. She repeatedly qualified her pupils to the NCAA regional and national championships.
Coach Tripon came to Pittsburgh after a one-year stay at Morgan State University where she had six NCAA regional qualifiers in jumps and sprints, the indoor and outdoor men's MEAC high jump champion, seven medalists at the Indoor and Outdoor MEAC Conference Championships and seven ECAC qualifiers.
Previously, Mihaela Tripon assisted at Cal State Sacramento, where she was directly responsible for multi-event and jumps athletes. She assisted in coaching one long jump NCAA national qualifier and outdoor All-America honoree, five regional qualifiers in jumps and sprints and had the Outdoor Big Sky long jump champion, as well as nine other medalists.
From 1993-2000, Coach Tripon was the men's and women's track and field coach at the Athletics Club in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She coached 3 National Champions with two national records in sprints, hurdles and jumps events. Coach Tripon was also elected as member in the Club's Board of Directors where she served from 1997 to 2000 when she immigrated to US.
Tripon graduated Valedictorian from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, obtaining her Master's Degree in Sports Science with a minor in Coaching Track & Field. She holds USA Track & Field Coaching Certifications in Jumps (Level II) and is US Track & Field Academy Specialist in Combined Events.
In addition, she obtained the Romanian Teaching Credential and Track & Field Coaching Certification (IAAF).