Position: Graduate Assistant Coach
Keith Hopkins enters his second year as a graduate assistant coach. Hopkins graduated from Purdue University in 2010 with a bachelors of arts in psychology with a minor in American Sign Language teaching.
A four-year letter winner at Purdue University as track and field athlete, Hopkins was a three-year national qualifier in the 110m hurdles, a two-year national qualifier in the 60m hurdles (indoor) personal best time of 7.79 seconds, ranked as the No. 5 all-time 400m hurdler at Purdue with a time of 52.67 seconds, part of two NCAA DI regional qualifying relay teams 4x400 and 4x100m, and won two Big Ten bronze medals in the 110m hurdles.
In 2008, Hopkins qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials by hitting the Olympic B standard in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.59 sec. This same mark stands in making him the stadium record holder in the 110m hurdles at Purdue University.
After college, Keith served as an assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Thornwood High School, his alma-mater, where the team finished the 2010 and 2011 seasons with one state champion in the 400m dash, and a third place finish in the 4x400m relay at state.
At Thornwood, Hopkins coached a first year high school hurdler to breaking a 30 year old school record in the 300m intermediate hurdles.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Keith is the son of Bridgette Hopkins. He has three brothers, Dante, Sean and Quinn and two sisters Katelyn and Dominique.