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Coppin State's Christina Epps

Former track and field student-athlete

Christina Epps, a standout graduate of Morristown High School in New Jersey, attended Coppin State on a track scholarship from 2009 to 2014 and majored in psychology. During college, Epps suffered an ACL injury, but through sheer determination, she became the first athlete in Coppin State history to earn a spot on the United States Olympic team, competing in the triple jump in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. 

Biography

Christina Epps
Athletic academic advisor
Hometown: New Jersey
School: Coppin State University , 2014
Major: Psychology
Sport: Track and Field
Accolades: Coppin State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president 2013-14; 2014 Top 30 Woman of the Year honoree; Coppin State Female President’s Eagle Award Winner and Female Athlete of the Year; four-time all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference student-athlete; 2016 United States Olympic team (triple jump).

Christina Epps was able to attend summer school because of the AASP grant, which funded an initiative to increase summer and winter session opportunities to aid student-athletes in earning credits toward their degree. “I chose Coppin State because of the opportunities I felt I could gain from going to a small university that could cater to my personal needs and goals both on and off the track,” said Epps. “Prior to the AASP initiative we had one academic director who [worked with] all the student-athletes in the department. Once we started the AASP program, we hired more staff that immediately impacted my ability to communicate my needs. On top of that, [I was able to] attend summer school because of the grant, which helped me better manage an already hectic class and practice schedule during the semester.

During her time at Coppin State, Epps saw the full spectrum of the Accelerating Academic Success Program — as a student-athlete pre-AASP, as a student-athlete during AASP, and now as a graduate and staff member. After graduation, Epps was hired as an athletic academic advisor, a position funded by the grant.