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Sunder Nix
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Graduating Year: 1986
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (765) 285-5133
Email: slnix@bsu.edu
Sunder Nix
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 01/18/2007

   A 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4x400-meter relay and a World Record holder in the 440-yard dash, Sunder Nix enters his fifth season as the assistant track and field coach at Ball State University.

   "To have the opportunity to have someone of Sunder Nix's caliber on our staff here at Ball State shows the commitment the University has for track & field," said Ball State head coach Randy Heisler. "Sunder's credentials speak for themselves. He was an Olympic gold medalist, and one of the fastest 400 meter runners of all time. His experiences and knowledge of sprinting, and track & field in general, will be a huge asset to the Ball State program. He knows how to win and how to train to be successful."

   In his previous four seasons with the Cardinals, Nix has helped mentor Ball State's sprinters and hurdlers to 11 MAC individual titles. In addition, BSU's sprinters and hurdlers have made seven appearances at the NCAA Championships, with Amber Williams becoming the latest NCAA All-American in program history after her 15th-place effort in the 60m hurdles at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Champions.

   During the 2010 season, Nix helped coach Katie Johnson to her second career MAC outdoor title in the 100m hurdles, with her time of 13.71 in the finals earning her First Team All-MAC accolades. The effort was also an NCAA East Regional qualifying mark. Johnson also finished as the runner-up in the 60m hurdles at the MAC indoor championships, while Jenna Schmitmeyer placed second in the 400m hurdles at the MAC outdoor meet.

   During the 2009 track & field campaign, Nix helped guide Ball State's Amber Williams to five MAC individual championships (Indoor: 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m dash; Outdoor: 100m and 100m hurdles), on her way to a 12th-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

   In 2008, Nix helped coach Johnson to her first MAC outdoor title in the 100m hurdles, while Ra'Jae Marable took top honors in the 60m hurdles at the MAC indoor meet. Aside from the league accolades, Nix helped coach Williams to a fourth-place showing in the 60m hurdles at the 2008 USA Track & Field Indoor Championships. Williams, who redshirted at Ball State, posted a personal-best time of 8.16 in the event finals.

   In his first year with the program in 2007, he helped coach Williams to All-America status in the 60m hurdles with her 15th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Williams also won three MAC titles (Indoor: 60m hurdles; Outdoor: 100m dash and 100m hurdles) during the year.

   As a student-athlete, Nix was a seven-time Big Ten Champion for Indiana, winning four titles in the 440-yard dash, two in the 400-meter dash and one 4x400-meter relay title. The 1984 Indiana and Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Nix was inducted into the Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

   During his senior year at IU, Nix set the world record in the 440-yard dash, after breaking the 400-meter dash record as a sophomore in 1982. An NCAA Indoor Champion in the 600-yard dash in 1983, Nix still holds the Indiana, Big Ten, NCAA and World records in the 440-yard dash indoors and the Indiana record in the 400-meters outdoors.

   In addition to his collegiate career, Nix was the 1983 U.S. National Champion in the 400-meters, while winning the bronze medal at the World Championships. Nix's career culminated in 1984 when he won an Olympic Gold Medal while running the leadoff leg in the 4x400-meter relay (2:57.91). He was joined on the team by Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers and Antonio McKay.

   Nix has been named a United States Masters Champion three times. In 2001 and 2003, he was an outdoor champion, while in 2004 he was an indoor champion in the 400m.

   Nix is a 1986 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.