Alleyne Francique becomes the latest addition to the Aggie assistant coaching staff in the fall of 2008 following his retirement from the sport after a second appearance in the Olympics Games during the summer of 2008.
In the spring of 2009 Texas A&M finished second in the 4 x 400 relay at the NCAA Championships and won the national team title by two points. The Aggies went on to claim two more NCAA Outdoor team championships in 2010 and 2011, while winning the 4 x 400 titles each season. Texas A&M also won the NCAA Indoor 4 x 400 relays in 2010 and 2011.
School records were set in the men's and women's 4 x 800 as well as the men's 4 x 400 under Francique. Individually, the men's 800m school record was broken while Michael Preble earned a NCAA Indoor silver medal in 2012.
Representing his native Grenada in Beijing, China, Francique was honored with being named flag bearer for his second consecutive Olympics. In 2004 Francique placed fourth in the 400 Olympic final in Athens, Greece, behind an American sweep. For his achievement in the sport during 2004 the country of Grenada honored Francique with an Order of the British Empire and named him Ambassador for Sport.
International success also included a pair of World Indoor gold medals in the 400 for Francique as he claimed wins in 2004 (Budapest) and 2006 (Moscow). He became only the second person to successfully defend his World Indoor title in the 400.
In the World Outdoor Championships, Francique was a finalist in the 400 during the 2001 and 2003 meets. Francique also earned silver in the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia during the 2006 season. In 2003 he won the CAC title and placed third at the Pan Am Games.
During his 13-year career Francique set numerous national records. He held the 400 mark with an outdoor best of 44.47 from 2004 and an indoor best of 45.35 from 2002. Francique also world ranked No. 1 in the IAAF rankings for the 2004 season for 48 weeks, which became the third longest streak in the event behind Jeremy Wariner of the United States and Jamaica's Greg Haughton.
His achievements in 2006 earned Francique the male Sportsman of the Year honor presented by the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) during its 25th anniversary.
A volunteer assistant with Texas A&M since 2004, Francique also had two seasons as a volunteer assistant at LSU in 2003-2004 as he continued to train under head coach Pat Henry.
As a volunteer assistant with the Aggies Francique assisted with the development of the men's 4 x 400 relay that placed second during the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In college Francique competed for Essex County Junior College from 1998-2000 and then ran at LSU from 2000-2002, earning six All-American honors. In 2001 he was the NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the 400 and won the 2002 NCAA Indoor title in 45.58 while also running a leg on the winning 4 x 400 relay.
Francique broke the collegiate indoor record in the 400 with a 45.35 to claim the 2002 SEC title. While at Essex County he won a pair of NJCAA titles. A native of St. Andrews, Grenada, Francique earned his degree in general studies from LSU in 2003.
Francique is married to the former Akilah Carter of Topeka, Kansas, who is a professor in the department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M. They have a daughter, Alexandra, who was born in the summer of 2011.
|Hometown:||St. Andrew's, Grenada|