Dawn Ellerbe, who placed seventh in the hammer at the Sydney Olympics, enters her third year as a volunteer coach at South Carolina. Ellerbe joined USC in 2000 after serving as an assistant track and field coach for the University of Wyoming.
In 2002, she was national runner-up in both the weight and hammer throws, ranking second and 12th in the world, repectively.
In 2001 Ellerbe won the U. S. Nationals in the hammer throw (outdoors) and the 20 lb. weight (indoors). She also competed at the World Championships.
The current American record holder in the hammer (231'1/2), Ellerbe holds the world's best performance in the 20lb. weight (75'1 2 1/2). Ellerbe has won 12 US titles in her storied career and is only one of three women in the world to throw over 231 feet with the hammer.
Ellerbe graduated with her Master's in Marketing last December at Wyoming. She graduated with a degree in Advertising from Carolina in 1997.
Ellerbe led the Gamecock women to a fourth place finish indoors in 1997. A former four-time NCAA champion at South Carolina, Ellerbe won five SEC titles and picked up six All-American honors in a Gamecock uniform. She still holds the NCAA and USC indoor records in the 20lb. weight.
Ellerbe and Misipeka, former roommates, went 1-2 at four consecutive NCAA Championships in the 20lb. weight and the hammer. A year after Ellerbe's graduation Misipeka won both titles.