Tony Veney enters his sixth season as the Bruin men's sprints, hurdles and relays coach. Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Veney was head coach at Portland State from 2001-2003.
Veney has steadily become one of the premier hurdle coaches in the country in just four short years. During his short time at UCLA, Veney has seen multiple athletes earn All-American honors at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships. A solid recruiter, Veney has worked hard to bring in the top student-athletes to UCLA.
In 2008, Veney coached Kevin Craddock to the Pac-10 and West Region high hurdle crowns, as well as a spot at the NCAA Championships and USA Olympic Trials. Craddock also moved into a tie for No. 2 all-time at UCLA with a lifetime-best run of 13.46. Veney also coached Elijah Wells to indoor All-American honors in the DMR. Several of his athletes were regional qualifiers in 2008, running lifetime-best marks in the process.
Craig Everhart, Craddock, Jonathan Williams, Johnson, James Rhoades and Elijah Wells have all earned All-American honors while under the tutelage of Veney. His hurdlers and sprinters have won four West Region and four Pac-10 titles.
While at Portland State (2001-2003), Veney led the Viking women to their highest ever finish (sixth place) at the Big Sky Indoor Championships after five consecutive ninth-place finishes. He also coached the first ever women's indoor individual champions (two), women's indoor All-conference selections (three) and men's individual champion and All-conference selection. Veney coached the Vikings' first Div. I indoor provisional qualifiers (women's triple jump/high jump). During his tenure at Portland State, the Vikings had 28 All-Big Sky Academic award winners.
Prior to coaching at Portland State, Veney was an assistant men's track coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Oregon from 1998-2001. While with the Ducks, he worked with 2001 NCAA decathlon champion Lorenzo Santiago and 10 All-Pac-10 performers. With Veney's assistance, the Ducks also improved from a 65th place finish at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships to ninth in 2001. The Oregon recruiting classes also steadily improved under Veney's guidance from 20th in 1999 and 10th in 2000 to No. 1 in 2001.
In 1996, Veney assumed his first second coaching position as the head women's track and field coach and men's and women's cross country coach at Cal State Los Angeles. While there, Veney coached the CSLA women to a 2nd place finish at the 1998 CCAA track championships and a fifth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Div. II Indoor Championships.
Veney began his coaching career in 1977. From 1977-79, he was the head women's (his first as head) and men's assistant coach at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, CA. In 1983, he became an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Cal State Northridge. During his 11 years at Northridge, Veney coached the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays, as well as programmed fall conditioning for 37 men and women. In addition to coaching over 25 NCAA Div. I and II All-Americans, he served as the Assistant Athletic Director in charge of athletic admissions.
Veney has been involved with USA Track and Field since 1987. He has been the Elite Junior Film Coordinator from 1987 to 2000 and Elite Senior Film Coordinator and Junior Elite Sprint/Hurdle Camp Clinician from 1988 to 2000. From 1987-1999, he was the Regional Sprint Coordinator. In 1999, he assumed the position of Women's Sprint Development Chair. A USATF Level I, II and III Clinician and certified USATF Master of Coaching, Veney has produced two sprint and hurdles training videos, has written two sprint and hurdles training manuals and recently published a sprint/hurdle book called Conditioning for Track & Field, published by Human Kinetics.
In 2001, Veney was the head women's coach for Team USA at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. In 1990, he was the Olympic Festival Sprint Coach. Veney was the sprints coach at two PanAmerican Games, the 1991 Junior Pan Am Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and the 1995 Senior PanAm Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
As an athlete, Veney was an integral member of two Bruin Pac-8 and NCAA Championship teams, as well as the four-time Track & Field News National Dual Meet Champion teams (1972-75). He is the former UCLA 800m school record holder (1:47.8, now No. 7 in school history).
Veney graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. While at UCLA, he was a Chancellors Marshall and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree.
Born and raised in Southern California, Veney is married to Cloetta Gail Veney. The couple has two sons, Ara and Ahjon.