Four-time Olympian and former NCAA 400-meter champion Aliann Pompey was announced as the new sprints and hurdles coach of the Red Storm in the fall of 2014. Pompey has helped guide the Red Storm sprinters to new heights since her arrival to Queens. In 2016, Pompey helped coach Claire Mooney to a 15th-place finish at the NCAA National Championships in the 500-meter, earning USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American status along the way. Pompey has also guided the Johnnies to dominating performances at the BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor Championships. St. John’s won 11 individual and relay BIG EAST titles in sprints and hurdles over the last two seasons including four-straight 400-meter dash titles by Pariis Garcia.
This past summer, Coach Pompey enjoyed another Olympic appearance, however this time in a different capacity. The Guyana native, travelled to Rio de Janeiro as an assistant manager with the Guyanese Track & Field Team.
Pompey, a native of Georgetown, Guyana, brings a world-class athletic resume and the experience of representing her country in four-consecutive Summer Olympic Games to St. John's. A 400-meter specialist who owns the South American indoor record of 51.83 seconds at the distance, Pompey adds a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo to a long list of accomplishments.
Pompey has represented her native Guyana at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in addition to participating in the World Championships in Athletics five times and the IAAF World Indoor Championships on four occasions. Her personal-best 400-meter time of 50.71 was achieved in August 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. A graduate of Manhattan College, Pompey became the Jaspers' first-ever national champion after winning the 400-meter dash at the 2000 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships, and also added multiple Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Metropolitan titles to her collegiate resume. A team captain during her time at Manhattan, Pompey was ranked 12th in the world in the indoor 400-meter dash as a senior at Manhattan.
Since retiring from competition following the London Olympic Games, Pompey has dedicated her time to Armory College Prep, a non-profit college access and success program that works to get high school students from New York City's "high need" schools into college.
While pursuing her Olympic dreams, Pompey worked as a personal trainer at New York Sports Clubs, taught at the Harlem Academy and Urban Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, and served as a Director of Development for PowerPlay NYC and a Development Associate for Harlem Renaissance High School. A dedicated volunteer, she has also served as board member for the Manhattan College Alumni Society, regional board member for the Catholic Youth Organization and president of the Manhattan College Black Alumni Club.
Pompey earned a bachelor's degree in Finance with a minor in Communications in 1999 and a M.B.A. in Finance in 2003 from Manhattan College. She moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School in Albany County, N.Y.