Toukene leaves Western Branch for Bryant & Stratton

Claude Toukene leaves Western Branch as their track coach after 14 seasons to start up the track program at Bryant & Stratton College. He guided the Bruins to 23 girls and boys state titles.

Hampton/Virginia Beach, VA (December 4, 2017) – Bryant & Stratton College Hampton & Virginia Beach campuses have officially appointed former Western Branch High School Track & Field Coach Claude Toukene as the College’s Head Coach for its brand new Bobcats Track & Field sports program. Toukene has an impressive resume in the competitive world of Track & Field spanning more than 25 years.

With 14 years serving as head coach for Western Branch now under his belt, Toukene is a former  2 -time Olympian (Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000 Games), the recipient of numerous national, state and regional Coach of the Year awards (2014-2017) and has competed in several world and country championship games from Africa & France to Spain & Zimbabwe. He has 23 Virginia AAA Team State Championships, 74 Southeastern District team Championships and has coached over 200 All State Athletes, 102 State Champions, 3 African Championship medalists & 1 Olympian. Toukene is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Norfolk State University earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in math. He received a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College and is a certified special education and French teacher, and has also taught math.

As Head Track & Field Coach, Toukene will be responsible for all phases of development for the new sports offering, including recruitment of student athletes and support staff throughout the coming year. "We are absolutely honored to have Coach Toukene join the BSC Bobcats family to coach our new Track & Field teams,” says Erik Blackwell, Bobcats Athletic Director, “He is a highly respected and revered leader in the track & field world who has a proven record with countless wins and championships under his belt.” The College’s Hampton & Virginia Beach campuses now offers 6 intercollegiate varsity sports – baseball, softball, track & field, women’s volleyball, men & women’s basketball, 1 junior varsity men’s basketball program and a very popular cheer & dance squad. Additional Bobcats Sports program information can be found at

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