Sept. 27, 2006
Head Women's Track & Field Coach Jeanette Bolden announced the hiring of former Bruin and NCAA Champion Jessica Cosby as the new volunteer women's throws coach on Thursday. Cosby takes over for another former Bruin, Seilala Sua, who was hired by Cal State Northridge as the men's and women's throws coach.
Cosby, a six-time All-American and 2002 NCAA shot put champion, will coach the women's throwers in all four event groups - shot put, discus, hammer and javelin, as well as the women heptathletes. Previously, Art Venegas, the head men's track and field/throws coach was in charge of the women heptathletes in the throwing events.
"We are extremely fortunate that our NCAA Champion, Jessica Cosby, has a passion for coaching," said Coach Bolden. "She's had a tremendous confidence boost with her winning hammer at the USA's and we know that will carry over into her coaching here at UCLA. The girls will learn a lot from Jessica and we are just happy that she is taking the position.
"We will miss Seilala's presence and her coaching ability here at UCLA. When the opportunity at CSUN became available, it was something she couldn't turn down. We wish her the best of luck."
Cosby won the 2006 USATF women's hammer competition during the summer, posting the No. 2 mark by any American women, 232-1 (also a lifetime-best). She will continue to train with Art Venegas, focusing solely on the hammer throw for the upcoming track season.
"I'm really excited to be working with the women's throws group and be back with the team. Although it's in a different role, it's still great to be back and a part of UCLA track and field again," said Cosby.