Delethea Quarles is in her seventh year with the USC program and her 15th year as a collegiate coach. Her primary responsibilities include coaching the multi-event performers and the jumps. Quarles also oversees eligibility and is the academic liaison.
During the 2003 season, Quarles coached Chelsea Hammond and Tony Allmond to All-American long jump honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while pupils Antoinette Wilks (heptathlon and long jump) and Fred Townsend (decathlon), also qualified for nationals. Townsend earned All-American honors while Allmond set a school record during the NCAA competition and Wilks posted a school record and top national mark earlier in the season. The duo also earned All-American status at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
In addition to her Gamecock responsibilities, Quarles was the USA Heptathlon coach for the USA vs. Dutch National Championship meet held in the Netherlands in July, 2002.
Under Quarles' coaching in 2002, Wilks, the SEC MVP, finished sixth in the long jump and 13th in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships while earning All-American status. In 2001, Wilks led the SEC with a jump of 21'8. During the 2000 season Wilks placed third in the long jump at the USA Indoor Nationals and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She also competed at the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. Wilks also placed second in the long jump at the 2002 SEC Outdoor Championships.
At the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Tacita Bass finished third in the heptathlon to earn All-American honors. Bass also won the heptathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Also in 2002, Fred Townsend finished third in the decathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
In 2001, Bass was Texas Relays heptathlon champion, just missing the school record and qualified for the NCAA Championships with a score of 5632. Bass, an All-American, also qualified for nationals in the 4X400 relay, 400 hurdles and the heptathlon.
Quarles guided Wilks in 2001 to a national leading jump of 21'8. During the 2000 season Wilks placed third in the long jump at the USA Indoor Nationals as a freshman and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She also competed at the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships.
In 2000, Bass competed in the heptathlon, as well as earned All-American honors in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA Championships. All-American Rodena Barr recorded a personal record of 44-2 in the triple jump, and competed at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
As a freshman Wilks, who finished third at the SEC Indoor Championships in the long jump, qualified both indoor and outdoors in the same event for the NCAAs. Bass, then a sophomore, qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon.
At the 1999 SEC Outdoor Championships, heptathlete Erin Narzinski won her second title in three years and got USC off on the right foot en route to winning the SEC Women's title. Bass, competing in her first collegiate heptathlon, was the runner-up at the Penn Relays, scoring a lifetime best 5,192 points. She later ran a leg of the NCAA qualifying 4x400m relay. On the men's side at the SEC Championships, CJ Anderson finished fifth in the decathlon. In the classroom six student-athletes were on the Dean's List in 1998-99 and three on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In 1998 she saw Narzinski shatter the school record in the heptathlon with 5,664 points, finishing second at the SEC Championships, fifth at the NCAA Championships and eighth at the USATF Championships. Indoors, Narzinski qualified for the NCAA Championships with a school record leap of 20' 10 and had a personal best in the shot put. Other All-SEC athletes included CJ Anderson and Rodena Barr. Highlights for Anderson included qualifying for the finals of the 55m hurdles finals at the SEC Championships, and outdoors he received USATF Junior All-American honors in the decathlon. Barr's personal bests included a school record in the indoor triple jump (40' 2) and a sixth place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 44' 3.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Quarles served as an assistant coach at Liberty for eight years. While at Liberty, Quarles saw the men's and women's teams win the Big South Conference titles from 1994-97. The men were the runner-up in 1994 and '95 in the IC4A Championship, which includes over 100 schools. In 1996, the men won the IC4As, beating seven-time champion George Mason University.
Quarles' male athletes hold 14 of the 21 Big South records, while the women hold nine of the 19 Big South records. The women had 12 IC4A qualifiers at the most recent championship.
Quarles is a native of Clifton-Forge, Va., and was raised in Covington, VA. Quarles is a 1989 graduate of Liberty University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
As a student-athlete at Liberty, Quarles was a three-time All-American. Quarles won the 1989 Penn Relays title in the 100 hurdles. She was also the 1989 Penn Relays runner-up in the heptathlon. Her teams won six Conference titles from 1986-88. Coached by Brant Tolsma, she was ranked nationally in the heptathlon and still holds several school records at Liberty.
Quarles graduated from Allegheny High School in 1984. She lettered in basketball and track and field four years. She also lettered in the band four times, playing the trumpet. She was the first female athlete to score over 1,000 points on the basketball team and was the team captain twice. She was named to the Who Who's Among American High School Students, as well. She was voted the school's most valuable athlete twice in track and field and three times in basketball.
Quarles enjoys giving back to the youth and community. A lover of the outdoors, she enjoys the mountains and water-skiing. Her greatest athletic thrill was winning the Penn Relays and her favorite food is seafood. She is the daughter of Rudolph and Dianne Quarles and has three sisters and a brother.
The Delethea Quarles File
Born: February 2, 1966 in Clifton-Forge, Va.
High School Education: Allegheny High School, 1984.
College Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Liberty, 1989.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in track, band and basketball. Four year state qualifier in track. First female to score over 1,000 points in basketball.
College Track: Three-year letterwinner at Liberty. Three-time All-American. Penn Relays champ in 1989; Team won six conference titles.
Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, Liberty University, 1989-97; Assistant Coach, South Carolina, 1997-present.