Tiara Armstrong is in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's track and field team, working with the sprinters. Last season, she helped the 4x100m relay squad earn a trip to the NCAA Championships along with a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
In 2009, she helped the Fighting Illini to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the program's best team finish since tying for 10th in 2002, and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, the best in school history.
Armstrong lettered for the Illini from 2005-2008, graduating in the spring of 2008 with a degree in community health. She was one of Illinois' most consistent performers in her four years wearing the Orange and Blue, as a constant Big Ten scorer in the sprinting events. She closed out her Illini career memorably, winning the 60m title at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 7.41 seconds. Armstrong also was third in the 200m at the indoor championships, running a personal-best time of 24.18 at the Iowa State Classic.
In the 2008 outdoor season, Armstrong was third in the 100m and fifth in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships, solidifying her position as one of the top sprinters in the conference. She also led off the 4x100m relay that was third at Big Ten's and posted a season-best time of 44.85 to just miss qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
At the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Armstrong ran the first leg of the champion 4x100m relay, was runner-up in the 100m and sixth in the 200m to help lead the Illini to a team title. She also scored in both sprinting events at the 2008 indoor championships, placing third in the 60m and eighth in the 200m.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Armstrong was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 5 Second Team in 2008, and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. She also was Illinois' Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree at the 2008 outdoor championships.
Updated January 2011