July 31, 2012
The Wolfpack is well-represented at the Summer Olympic Games in London.
Swimmer Cullen Jones, a 2006 graduate from NC State’s English department, has already won a silver medal as part of the United States men’s swimming team. On Sunday, he and three teammates finished second in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
Jones is no stranger to the Olympic Games: he won gold in 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the U.S. men’s 4×100-meter freestyle team. He’s also swimming in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle sprints in London.
Two current NC State athletics officials are also in London for the Olympics. Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning Bob Alejo is the strength and conditioning coach for Americans Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, the defending gold medalists in men’s beach volleyball. Alejo served in the same capacity for Dalhausser and Rogers when they won in Beijing.
Jamill Kelly, an assistant coach for the NC State wrestling team, is part of the support staff for the U.S. national wrestling team in London. This is Kelly’s fourth Olympics. In 2004, he competed, winning a silver medal in the 66-kilogram weight class. He was a sparring partner on the 2000 U.S. team and a support staffer in 2008.
“This opportunity will allow me to convey my experience to our current NC State wrestlers, working on the latest techniques and strategies to get our guys to that next level,” Kelly told GoPack.com.
Kelly and Alejo are both blogging about their experiences in London.
Finally, former NC State basketball player Nate McMillian is an assistant coach with the U.S. men’s basketball team. McMillan, a Raleigh native, helped lead the Wolfpack men’s basketball team to the Elite Eight in 1985 and 1986. The former head coach of the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics and Portland Trailblazers, he was an assistant to U.S. men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2008, as well.