Nat Page is in his 24th year as an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech track & field program. He is responsible for coaching field events, including high jump, long jump and triple jump, as well as the men’s and women’s sprint hurdle events.
Since joining the Tech staff in 1996, Page has mentored Tech student-athletes to 45 ACC titles, 44 all-America performances and four national titles. He was named the NCAA South Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008 and the Mondo Women’s Jumps/Multi Events Coach of the Year in 2004.
A former Tech student-athlete and student of Page, Chaunte Howard-Lowe holds two American records — 2.02m (6’7 ½”) in the high jump in indoors and 2.05m (6’8 ¾”) in the high jump outdoors.
In 2013, Page had a number of Yellow Jackets garner both national and ACC honors. Jonathan Gardner was a USTFCCA first-team outdoor all-American and was a two-time ACC Championing, winning both the 2013 Indoor and Outdoor ACC men’s triple jump events. Jhanelle McLeod won the 2013 Outdoor ACC women’s triple jump title and earned second-team USTFCCCA outdoor all-America recognition, while Julienne McKee picked up first-team USTFCCCA indoor all-America honors and USTFCCCA outdoor honorable mention all-America honors for the year.
On the conference level, he has guided seven men to conference titles: Eric Bowers (indoor long jump, 1997), Alphonso Jordan (outdoor triple jump, 2009), Malcolm Leason (outdoor triple jump, 2000), Jerome Miller (outdoor high jump, 2009), David Riley (indoor triple jump, 1997), Montrell Person (60m HH, 110m HH, 2004-05) and Gardner (indoor and outdoor triple jump, 2013).
On the women’s side, Page has coached 26 conference championship performances, in addition to King’s three hurdle and sprints titles. Lynn Houston won both the indoor and outdoor high jump titles in 1997, while Mishanta Reyes won the indoor long jump crown in 2001. Shanta Smith won the indoor triple jump and Jennifer Ledbetter claimed the outdoor high jump title in 2002, while Howard won a total of six high jump titles in three seasons.
The women’s 4x100m relay team finished first at the 2005 ACC Outdoor Championships, while Dana Rogers won the indoor 60m hurdles in 2005. Lapsley claimed the indoor 60-meter dash and the 90-meter dash at the 2005 ACC Championship meets.
In 2006, Lapsley garnered first-place finishes in the 60m, 100m, 200m, while and Shantia Moss won the 100m HH. The 4x100m relay also finished first at the 2006 ACC Outdoor Championships.
In addition to his work at Tech, Page founded Nat’s Athletic Training and Career Experiences in September 1993. He has coached nine World Championship team members and five Olympians: Natasha Gibson, Howard, Terrence Trammell (2007 U.S. Outdoor National Champion, 2007 Outdoor World Championships Silver Medalist, 2008 U.S. Olympic team member, and 2009 U.S. Indoor National Champion), Fofanah and Tisha Waller, who is now the American indoor record holder in the high jump.
Page has also worked with Wenda Vereen, who was a member of the U.S. 4×100 team, which won a Silver medal and set an American record at the 1993 World Championships. Howard captured a Silver medal at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, with a lifetime-best leap of 6’6.75″ in the high jump. Trammell, a three-time Olympian, won the 2007 USA Outdoor National Championships in the 110-meter hurdles and placed second at the 2007 World Championships.
Waller joined Howard on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in the high jump after capturing her second U.S. title at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif.
A native of Evanston, Ill., Page was a NCAA Champion high jumper at the University of Missouri in 1979. He was ranked in the top 10 in the world from 1979-81 and earned a spot on the United States’ 1980 Olympic team after finishing second at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Additionally, Page also competed at a world-class level in the both the high and intermediate hurdles from 1984-92. From 1990-92, he was ranked in the top 10 in the world in the 400 intermediate hurdles. A member of the United States’ 1992 World Cup team, Page was a finalist at the U.S. Track and Field Championships every year from 1985-91.
He was inducted into the University of Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, where he was a five-time all-American and a four-time Big 8 high jump champion. He was named outdoor MVP of the Big 8 Championship in 1978.
From 1988-91, Page served as assistant coach at California State Polytechnic University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Page resides in Atlanta with his stepchildren, Tyler and Ryan.