New Memphis head track and field coach Kevin Robinson made the final addition to his staff, hiring Nic Fortenberry as an assistant coach in charge of sprints.
Fortenberry has more than a decade of experience as both an athlete and a coach at the high school and collegiate levels. As a prep standout at Tylertown High School in Tylertown, Miss., Fortenberry was the captain of the track team, a four year letterman, and three year state qualifier.
Fortenberry enrolled at Louisana State University on a NROTC scholarship during the summer of 1992. In 1993, he joined Louisiana State University track and field team. Fortenberry competed in cross country, the 800m dash and the 400m hurdles for the Tigers.
Fortenberry began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant track coach and head cross-country coach at Kirby High School in Memphis. He would take over as the boys head coach the following year.
In 2000, Fortenberry moved to Houston High under George Gibson where he coached sprinters and mult-event athletes. He also served as the assistant Cross Country coach. Durings his time there the XC team won 3 state titles and the Track team won the 2005 State Championship. Over 20 of his athletes have gone on to Div. I programs, including current Memphis decathlete Jason Morgan.
Fortenberry graduated from LSU in 1996 with a degree in Industrial Education and Construction Management. He has a Level 2 USATF certification and USATF certification in pole-vault.
Nic is the father of two children, Gabe and Jada.