LaTanya Sheffield
Personal information
BornOctober 11, 1963 (1963-10-11) (age 60)
El Cajon, California, U.S.
Medal record
Women's athletics (track and field)
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Indianapolis 400 m Hurdles
U.S. Olympic Festival
Gold medal – first place 1987 Raleigh-Durham 400 m Hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1993 San Antonio 400 m Hurdles

LaTanya Sheffield (born October 11, 1963, in El Cajon, California) is a retired hurdler from the United States, who finished in eight place in the women's 400 metres hurdles final at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1]


The 1985 NCAA champion running for San Diego State University. She won the bronze medal in the same event at the 1987 Pan American Games. Finally after the 2000 Olympic Trials and an illustrious career, LaTanya Sheffield announced her retirement. After retiring, she lived in Tucson, Arizona, working as the head coach of a track team known as "Pops Tracks Club" and at Canyon del Oro High School. She is currently coaching at Long Beach State University.[2]

Personal life

Sheffield's daughter, Jaide Stepter Baynes, ran for the University of Southern California where she was a three time Pac-12 Conference champion at 400 meters hurdles. She has also competed in several international competitions for the United States.[3] Her brother Rahn is the head coach at her alma mater, San Diego State.[4]

Sheffield was an assistant coach for Women's sprints and hurdles for the United States in 2016 and 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "LaTanya Sheffield". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  2. ^ LaTanya Sheffield profile at
  3. ^ "3 Lessons Olympic Hopeful Jaide Stepter Baynes Learned From Her Olympian Mother". June 24, 2021. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "Rahn Sheffield Bio - San Diego State Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2016-04-28.
  5. ^ "Long Beach State's LaTanya Sheffield on Team USA Olympic coaching staff for 2016 Games". 16 July 2015.