Both squads improve in a big way over last year's NCAA team finishes.
Andrea Faldermeyer joins younger brother Alec on UCLA track & field team.
Mike Maynard enters his second season as head coach for the men's team and throws coach for both the men's and women's squads. Prior to coming to UCLA, Maynard was head coach/throws coach at Boise State for the previous nine years.
During his first season coaching the throwers, several of his athletes posted lifetime-best performances throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons. He also helped recruit one of the top young European hammer throwers, Ida Storm, who is a freshman on the women's team this year. Maynard also recruited two of the top men's prep throwers (Alec Faldermeyer and Derek Eager), who are also freshmen this season with the Bruins.
In his nine years as the head coach at Boise State, Maynard led a program which produced several historic events - back-to-back (2004 and 2005) national championships by Gabe Wallin in the men's javelin, over 50 new school record performances and 30 All-American accolades. The Broncos enjoyed unprecedented success behind Maynard's direction.
During the 2009 season, the men's team won the WAC Indoor Championship, finished 27th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 25th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The women's team placed 19th at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The top individual highlight was Eleni Kafourou becoming the first female student-athlete at Boise State to win a NCAA National Championship (long jump). Along with Kafourou's national title, Boise State earned a total of seven NCAA All-America awards in track and field that year.
Boise State also made its presence known at the national level with Maynard at the helm with four straight top 25 finishes for the men's team at the NCAA National Outdoor Championships. The Bronco men were 16th at the 2006 NCAA National Outdoor Championships, 14th in 2005, 15th in 2004 and 24th in 2003. In 2009, the Bronco men finished 25th at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
Maynard guided Bronco student-athletes to over 70 individual WAC Championships and over 90 marks on Boise State's all-time top three performance lists.
Maynard came to Boise State following an outstanding assistant coaching career at the University of Arizona. He was the associate head track and field coach for the Wildcat program for 13 years prior to joining the Broncos. While coaching at Arizona, Maynard guided 32 individual NCAA Division I All-Americans, including three NCAA National Champions.
Maynard's coaching resume also includes a two-year stint as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Arizona, where he worked with the Wildcat football program as well as being responsible for the Arizona track and field, swimming and tennis teams. He began his collegiate coaching career at Mesa Community College (Ariz.) where he was the assistant track and field coach from 1982-84, and in 1987.
Maynard was also instrumental in bringing a world-class facility to Bronco Track & Field. During his first two years leading the Broncos, Maynard and Boise State were successful in purchasing a world championship caliber track and helped construct the building to put it in. The Mondo track was used by USA Track and Field and the Georgia Dome for the national indoor championships. The building is the Idaho Sports Center located in the Idaho Center complex in Nampa, Idaho. The track was purchased with a $250,000 cash gift from John Jackson, President of Jacksons Food Stores in Meridian, Idaho. Boise State has hosted several major meets, including six WAC Indoor Championships. The facility hosted its first national meet in 2005 with the USA Indoor Master's Championships. Boise State has submitted bids to host future NCAA Indoor National Championships.
Outside the collegiate world, Maynard has coached a World Champion, five different Olympians, a Pan American gold medalist, five USA Track and Field Champions and three American Junior Champions. One of Maynard's former athletes Tony Washington (1990-96), won the World Championship in the discus in 1999. Washington also won the gold medal in the discus at the 1991 Pan American Games along with five USA National Championships.
Maynard is currently an Executive Committee member of the United State Track Coaches Association and the NCAA Division I Track and Field Executive Committee. Maynard was also the head coach for the USA Track and Field team in its dual meet against Germany in 1996. He has served USA Track and Field as the Regional Decathlon Chairman, the United States Olympic Committee as an Elite Throws Clinician, and has been the lead throws clinician for the USA/Visa Decathlon team.
Maynard resides in Valencia with his wife, Dee. Their daughter Allison (20) is a junior at Boise State and their son Michael (18) is a senior at West Ranch HS in Valencia).