Travis Covey has been hired as the new assistant track and field coach at Black Hills State University replacing Trent Mack who is now coaching at Dakota State. Travis was selected from an outstanding list of candidates. According to Coach Walkinshaw and the selection committee, “Although Travis is very knowledgeable in all areas of track and field, he will add a needed expertise in the jumping and strength training areas. Travis stood out in numerous areas relating to the administration of our program and we look forward to his arrival."

Coach Covey has spent the last two seasons at NCAA Division I, Central Michigan University. While at Central Michigan he coached the sprinters, jumpers, pole vaulters, and multi-event competitors. He had one Academic All-American in the pole vault.   Under Covey’s guidance the Chippewa vaulters had four different vaulters place at the  conference meet, a 17’ vaulter, a 16’10”, and two others over 15’10”.  In the triple jump, Covey is working with one of the top triple jumpers in Israel, who is competing for a spot on the Israeli Olympic team.

Before his time at CMU, Covey spent 2001-2006 at Chadron State College as both a student-athlete and coach.  He competed four years for the Eagles in both football and track.  Covey was a sprinter for the Eagles and then coached the sprint and pole vault athletes. Covey had one Division II national qualifier in the 100 meters.  Covey also played on the Eagles’ football team as a running back and a kick returner. In his career, the team won two conference titles, made one playoff appearance, and was ranked seventh in the nation in 2001. 

A 2001 graduate of Alliance High School, Covey was the Nebraska Class B State Champion in the 100 meters. Covey has been selected to attend the United State Track & Field/ United State Olympic Committee Emerging Elite Coaching Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California this summer.