Mike Powell, the world record-holder in the long jump, and a former Bruin, enters his third season with UCLA as the jumps coach.
Last season, Powell showed why he has quickly become one of the top jumps coaches in the country as Rhonda Watkins one the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor long jump crowns and Michael Johnson won the Pac-10 triple jump title. At the West Region meet, Powell had six women and one man competing as Watkins, Keneisha Creary and Renee Williams advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Powell's first year at UCLA saw much success for the jump squad as several athletes qualified and competed at the NCAA Championships and won West Region and Pac-10 titles.
Dominique Easterling and Michael Johnson competed at NCAA's in the triple, while Joel Tuosto, the 2006 West Region Champion, competed in the long jump.
Powell also had much success on the women's team, coaching Renee Williams to All-American honors in the long jump, while Rhonda Watkins competed in both the long and high and Caroline Sommers competed in the high jump at Nationals. Watkins won the West Region high and long jump titles, as well as the Pac-10 high jump title. Watkins also won the World Junior Long Jump title in Beijing, China in the Summer of 2006.
Prior to UCLA, Powell served as the sprints and jumps coach for Cal State Fullerton from 2000-2004 and managed his own business, High Performance Training (coaching individual athletes and teams in various sports on how to improve speed and explosion). While at CSUF, Powell tutored Brandon Campbell, a two-time NCAA Championships competitor in the long (25-10) and high jump (7-4.50). He also coached the men's 4x100m team to a spot in the 2003 NCAA Championships.
In 2003, Powell coached Anju George to a bronze medal in the long jump at the 2003 World Championships, where she became the first Indian athlete to win a medal at any international competition. From 2003-04, Powell also served as a speed, agility and quickness consultant for the LA Dodgers.
Since 2004, Powell has also been a corporate spokesperson and motivational speaker. Today, he is also involved in the humanitarian efforts of Olympic Aid, an organization made up of Olympic Athletes who have devoted their time and efforts to helping children around the world.
Powell set the world record in the long jump (29-4.50) at the 1991 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Tokyo, and handed Carl Lewis his first loss in 10 years. During his heralded long jump career, Powell was a two-time World Champion (1993/1991), two-time Olympic Silver Medalist (1992/1988) and six-time U. S. Champion (1990/1992-96). He was the world's dominant long jumper in 1993 and `94, winning 34 competitions in a row. In 1991 he was given the AAU's James E. Sullivan Memorial Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.
In November of 2005, the USATF announced the 2005 class of Hall of Fame Inductees, and Powell was honored as one of them for his illustrious career.
Powell began his collegiate season at UC Irvine and transferred to UCLA in 1984. In his last year at UC Irvine (1984), Powell finished second at the U. S. Outdoor Championships and placed sixth at the Olympic Trials. During Powell's UCLA redshirt year of 1985, he was ranked No. 10 in the world and placed third at the U. S. Outdoor Championships. During his senior year at UCLA, Powell was ranked No. 1, but was injured at the Pac-10 Championships and could not compete at NCAA's. In 1990, Powell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.
Powell resides in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife Casie. He has three daughters, Micha (12), Carlie (4) and Macie (3).