Justin Wickard joined the Tech track and field program starting with the 2011 season as an assistant coach working primarily with the sprints and hurdles. He brought a resume with coaching experience in the ACC and Big 12 and has coached 11 all-Americans prior to joining the Tech family.
His first year in Ruston saw a continuation of a Lady Techster dominance in the Western Athletic Conference as Tech claimed the women's indoor and outdoor titles, scoring a majority of the points with Wickard's hurdlers.
Wickard came to Louisiana Tech from North Carolina, where he was a volunteer sprints and hurdles coach with the Tar Heels. He coached two indoor all-Americans and helped guide the men's team to the ACC Indoor Championships runners-up title, the program's best finish since 2002. He also guided his athletes to an ACC title in the 400m and the 4x400m relay indoors with another all-America honor coming during the outdoor season.
Prior to North Carolina, Wickard spent the 2009 season as the graduate assistant sprints and hurdles coach at Chadron State College in Nebraska where he coached two Division II national qualifiers in the hurdles while his athletes set four indoor school records. Wickard earned his master's of science degree in organizational management while coaching at Chadron State.
During the 2007-08 seasons, Wickard was a volunteer coach at Texas Tech where he helped coach eight all-Americans in the hurdles and relays. Wickard's athletes also claimed six Big 12 individual titles and 14 Midwest Regional qualifiers.
Wickard graduated from Utah State in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in health and wellness while running track with the Aggies. He was a three-time West Region qualifier in the 100m hurdles and advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2006, he competed at the USA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles.