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Glidden slides to Illinois, latest member of track coaching staff

CHAMPAGNE, Ill. – Petros Kyprianouit is the staff is complete with the final addition of Sarah Gliden. Glidden comes to Champaign after spending the past two seasons at Duke University. She will take on the role of assistant aerials and combined events coach at Illinois.

“Sarah is an exceptional young coach with a strong resume, she will work directly with me to recruit and coach long jump, triple jump, high jump and both events combined,” Kyprianou said. “Her pedigree as both National Athlete and Division III Coach of the Year, along with her experience under Shawn Wilbourn at Duke make her an ideal part of our staff. Her tremendous work ethic paired with her experiences as a heptathlete will make her an asset to our current and future teams.”

Prior to Illinois, Glidden spent time at Duke as a volunteer beginning in 2020. Here she worked with combined event athletes and led their workouts. She has coached seven NCAA qualifiers (finishing 2nd, 2nd, 4th and 7th), two ACC champions, two finalists and 24 conference qualifiers overall. She was also part of both ACC Tag Team Championships, 2021 Outdoor and 2022 Indoor.

“I want to thank Coach Kyprianou for giving me the opportunity to work alongside him and the rest of this incredible athletic staff at Illini,” Glidden said. “His vision for the program is something I’m excited to be a part of and I can’t wait to get to work. I appreciate everything I’ve learned from my experience at Duke University and I’m ready for this.” exciting new chapter!”

Prior to Duke, Glidden coached at her alma mater the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2018 to 2020 as an assistant coach. Here she coached combined event athletes, developed training programs and organized/met rookies. In 2019, they won the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship title. She produced four NCAA qualifiers (finishing 2nd, 3rd, 5th) and seven conference qualifiers with four Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) champions.

Glidden was a two-time NCAA Division III national champion, the pentathlon in 2018 and the 1600m relay in 2015, a seven-time All-American and an eight-time WIAC champion at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She holds the school record for the 1600m relay, the high jump and the 400m hurdles. She was also a team captain.

Post collegiate, she qualified for the USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2022. She also finished in the top 5 at the 2022 Thorpe Cup competing for Team USA in the heptathlon.

She graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Movement Studies in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology.