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Catching up with alumni: Jordan Durham

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Recently a local news station featured a story on a hearing impaired runner at UTA who uses a sign interpreter to communicate with his coaches. One of the UTA coaches shown working with the student athlete was Jordan Durham, a 2004 graduate of Kennedale High School. {{more: continue …}}
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At KHS, Durham was selected as the Lady Kats Track’s MVP all four years of competition. She helped lead the track team to a state title as a senior. Durham was also a two-time all-district volleyball selection and captained both teams as a senior. She earned All-America high school honors in cheerleading while lettering in track and field, volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.
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After spending her freshman year at TCU, Durham went on to become a three-time All-American at Arizona State, she was a member of three Sun Devils’ national track championship teams, the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Indoor and 2007 NCAA Outdoor. Durham helped lead ASU’s 4x400m relay to a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships and a fifth-place finish at the 2008 outdoor meet. In 2007, she earned All-America honors in the 4x400m relay, as the team ran 3:35.96 and placed eighth at the NCAA Championships.
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She graduated from Arizona State with a degree in psychology and sociology.
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Side note:?Her mother, Jacki Mays Earl, is a member of the Hall of Honor at Angelo State University. She won the 200-meter dash at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1982 and remains the school record holder in the 100m and 200m.
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Durham became a full-time member of the University of Texas at Arlington coaching staff prior to the start of the 2010 season after serving as a graduate assistant at UT Arlington during 2008-09.??
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Durham became a full-time member of the coaching staff prior to the start of the 2010 season after serving as a graduate assistant at UT Arlington during 2008-09. In 2017, she was named Associate Women’s Head Coach in the UTA Track and Field department. Durham currently serves as a mentor to the sprinters and relay teams, is the meet director for all UTA home meets at Maverick Stadium and oversees travel arrangements.
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Side note:?Coach Durham also mentored Cordero Gray, another Kennedale High School graduate (Class of 2007) and record holder in the 100m. At UTA, Gray became one of the most decorated track athlete at the university as a four-time Southland Conference individual champion for the 60m and 200m during the indoor season and the 100m and 200m during the outdoor season. He also earned Indoor Outstanding Track Athlete and Outdoor Athlete of the Year accolades, and finished as the Southland Conference Championships High Point Scorer at both meets.
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