Saluki signee Raven Saunders (Charleston, S.C./Burke HS) owns the national high school shot put record at 17.25m (56-07.25), nearly two feet further than the previous record.
Chidi Enyia is in his fourth season as the sprints coach at Southern Illinois. Enyia served as a volunteer assistant with the Salukis during the 2009-10 season.
Enyia's third year with the Salukis was highlighted by the performances of sprinters Mathew Benes, Tess Shubert and Amiris Warren and long jumper Lauren Cheadle, who each qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional and climbed the rankings in Southern's storied record books. In fact, Warren's 11.51 time at the MVC Championships (All-MVC) in the 100 meter dash broke a 24-year old record held by Traci Davis at 11.59, and her All-MVC time of 23.84 in the 200m dash now ranks second all-time and qualified her for NCAA regionals.
Benes' qualifying time of 14.30 in the 100m hurdles now ranks tenth all-time at SIU, and Cheadle's qualifying mark of 5.96m in the long jump also ranks tenth.
Shubert, who earned All-MVC indoors in the 400 meter dash, qualified for finals in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Regional where she finished 22nd. Shubert finished her career second all-time in the 400 meter hurdles, third in the indoor 400m dash (55.62) and fourth in the indoor 600m run (1:34.97).
Enyia's third season was also highlighted by another hurdler, freshman Remy Abrought. In her first season alone she moved up to fifth all-time in the indoor 60m hurdles (8.66) and sixth in the outdoor 100m hurdles (13.86). Her 100m hurdles time qualified her for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
Most impressively, freshman Nikolai Gall ran away with the outdoor 400 meter dash MVC title and qualified for the Pan-Am Junior Championships in Columbia with his time of 47.55. Enyia's sprinters also earned All-MVC in the indoor men's 4x400 relay (Blake Green, Christopher Nightengale, Brett Kohler and Ryan Sidwell) and the women's outdoor 4x100 relay (Lauren Cheadle, Tess Shubert, Desiree White, Amiris Warren) -- the latter of which set the second-best time in Saluki history at 45.91.
In the 2011-12 season, Enyia's sprinters contributed to the men's indoor Missouri Valley Conference title as Jeremy Bankston was part of the champion distance medley team and former walk-on Dominic Williams was All-Conference placing 3rd in the 200m. During both seasons, 14 of his athletes landed in the top-ten of SIU's record books for their individual performances. Junior Tess Shubert in the 400m hurdles and Freshman Amiris Warren in the 100m also qualified for the NCAA West Regional finishing 25th and 22nd respectively out of 48 competitors.
In his first season at SIU, Enyia saw success in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. During the indoor season, Enyia coached the men's distance medley relay team to a Missouri Valley Conference title. The men's 4x400 relay team also received All-MVC honors. Meredith Hayes became the 3-time MVC Indoor Event Champion and record holder in the 60m Hurdles as well as being named an All-MVC performer.
Under Enyia's direction, Hayes, Deloney and Tredene Gant took MVC Outdoor titles in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and 200m respectively as well as qualifying for the NCAA West Regional. Hayes became the new SIU record holder in the 100-meter hurdles posting a time of 13:39.
In 2007, Enyia founded the USATF/AAU affiliated, Flight Track Club out of Frankfort, Ill. Serving as head coach, Enyia focused on coaching the sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps and the middle distance events. In just three summer seasons, he had 16 individuals and seven relay teams qualify for the USATF Junior Olympics and Youth National meets. Two of his qualifiers and three of his relay teams finished as All-Americans. In the summer of 2009, Enyia's 100m and 400H qualified for the USATF World Youth Trials held at Eastern Michigan University.
In 2006-08, Enyia was the sprints and horizontal jumps coach at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Ill. In his two and a half seasons at LWE, the Griffins broke 19 school records under Enyia's guidance. Enyia had six individuals and eight relays qualify for the Illinois High School Outdoor State meet. He had two all-state individuals in the boy's 100m and 200m as well as an all-state 4x400 relay team.
Enyia played football at Illinois State, where he graduated from in 2002 with a bachelor's in general art. After graduation, Enyia ran with the God Speed Track Club out of California from 2003-04.
He is a USATF Level I Certified Track and Field Coach and has over 15 years experience in performance enhancement consulting numerous athletes worldwide from youth to emerging elite in multiple sports.
He was born in DeKalb, Ill., and graduated from Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., in 1997. Enyia is a first-generation American, as his parents come from Nigeria.
Enyia is currently completing a master's in exercise science from Southern Illinois.