LUBBOCK, Texas – In Lubbock Christian University’s (LCU) second year with a full track and field roster, former Texas Tech All-American high jumper, Trey Culver, has joined the staff as the horizontal jumps coach for the 2022 indoor and outdoor season. Along with this new career in coaching, Culver also pursues business in the real estate market as well as continuing his track and field career at the professional level with a sponsorship deal with Adidas.
Culver is a two-time NCAA National Champion (‘16, ‘17), three-time Big 12 Champion (‘16-’18) and a seven-time USTFCCCA All-American in his four indoor and outdoor seasons as a Red Raider.
“Being from Lubbock and being a Tech athlete was definitely a blessing,” he said. “The city really wraps their arms around you and supports you like no other. Lubbock and Tech view us as their own and they’re proud of us.”
Once Culver began having collegiate success at the national level, one jump gave him the realization that a professional career was soon on the horizon.
“My first track meet my senior year, after my jump my coach looked at me and said: ‘You just solidified the next career for yourself,’” Culver remembers. “I knew becoming a pro athlete was a possibility, but I always told myself that I’m in college to get a degree and that education comes first.”
Culver signed with Adidas to continue his high jumping career in January of 2020 and since has competed in track meets around the world. He finished just shy of qualifying for the 2020 United States Olympic team after a fourth place finish at the US Olympic Trials later that year. Recently, Culver finished fourth in the 2022 USATF Indoor Championships back in February in Spokane, Washington.
Culver isn’t the only successful athlete to begin their coaching roots at LCU. Viershanie Latham was the jumps coach last year for the Chaps, and reached out to Culver about the position at LCU after she was hired to be an assistant coach at East Carolina University over the summer. Latham is also a Texas Tech track alum, and finished third in the 2018 USATF Championships in the triple jump.
“She kind of just dropped the ball and was like ‘I told them that you’d be the coach,’” says Culver. “I met with the staff here, it seemed like a good fit, and I just wanted to serve anyway I could and be a part of something special here at LCU.”
Although this opportunity may have fallen into Culver’s lap unexpectedly, coaching has always been something he’s been interested in, even dating back to his days right after graduation.
“When I started giving private lessons after college is where I really noticed I enjoy teaching and seeing kids figure out what they weren’t able to do before,” he explained.
Right after the Trials, Culver began pursuing real estate, and has enjoyed the social aspect of the industry.
“Anything I do, just like my dad taught me at a young age, is to give everything your whole heart, and that’s what I did in real estate.” said Culver. “The biggest thing I love about that job is that it’s relational. You meet with people, you talk with people all the time, and I love that. I’m a very social person.”
With the outdoor track season in full swing, this is the busiest time of year for Culver, but he remembers to stay grounded and trust that things will always work out.
“You give every category of your all and you just see what happens,” he says calmly when asked how he balances everything. “Try to stay as organized as you can, prioritize the best you can, and go from there.”
“It’s been fun calling myself a man of many hats. I put on my real estate hat, my coaching hat, my training hat and I enjoy being all over the place. I love everything I’m doing. You don’t know when changes come, but just trust in the Lord and whatever happens, happens.”