|Position:||Director of Track & Field/Cross Country|
|Alma Mater:||Azusa Pacifc '86|
Mike Maynard enters his seventh season at UCLA and his fourth as the Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. In addition to being Director, Maynard also oversees the men’s and women’s throws program and coordinates all aspects of training for the Bruin decathletes. Maynard was the Bruin men’s track and field head coach from 2010-12, as well as the throws coach for both squads. Prior to coming to UCLA, Maynard was head coach/throws coach at Boise State for nine years.
2014 marked a breakout season for the Bruins as both teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. The championship appearance for both squads in the same season was the first for UCLA since 1985. For the men it was the first trip to nationals since 2012 and 2004 for the women.
The Bruins earned their selection based on a stellar showing at the NCAA West Regional Championship. The men placed fourth overall while the women finished fifth. Five Bruins earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors. The fourth place finish by the men was the best since 2011 and the fifth place showing was the best since 2006 for the women.
Earning USTFCCCA All-Region accolades was Ferdinand Edman (13th), Lane Werley (16th) and Nick Hartle (22nd) for the men while Kelsey Smith placed ninth overall and Meghan Marvin was 14th. Smith also placed eighth overall at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships to earn second team honors. She became the first Bruin to earn back-to-back all-conference accolades in the history of the women’s program. UCLA also had 12 selected to the Pac-12 All-Academic teams.
The 2013 season saw Kelsey Smith and Nick Hartle earn all-Pac-12 accolades. Smith went on to earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors and was joined by Nohe Lema. The 11th place finish for Smith at the NCAA regional meet was the best by a female Bruin since 2006. The all-region honor for Lema was his second in as many seasons. Off the course, 23 Bruins were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team.
In 2012, the UCLA cross country teams experienced their best season in recent years, with the men finishing in 13th place at the NCAA Championships, their highest finish since 1985, and claiming an All-American in Lane Werley. The UCLA men also enjoyed a third-place finish at the NCAA Regional meet and had four runners earn All-West Region honors. Werley also earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors after placing fifth at the Pac-12 Championships. On the women’s side, the Bruins placed sixth at the Pac-12 Championships and seventh at the NCAA West Region Championships. They also ranked as high as 24th during the year in the coaches’ poll.
The 2011 cross country squads competed well in the inaugural season for the new Pac-12 Conference. In spite of new conference competitors, Colorado and Utah, the Bruin men upheld their fourth place position in the conference with a fourth place finish at the 2011 Pac-12 Championships. The team claimed back-to-back team victories at the Nevada Chase and Aztec Invitational, culminating their season with a sixth place finish at the NCAA West Region Championships. Senior Kent Morikawa earned first team all Pac-12 Conference honors after placing eighth over and he, and fellow Bruin Nohe Lema were named to the USTFCCCA All-West Region team after their performances at the regional meet in Palo Alto, CA. In track, the men finished 17th behind All-American perfrmances by Mike Woepse (2nd in pole vault), Alec Faldermeyer (3rd in hammer) and Marcus Nilsson (6th in decathlon). This was a huge improvement on the 34th place finish in 2010, and equaled the second-best team finish in the last ten years.
In his first year with the Bruins, the 2010 men’s cross country team sent one athlete to the NCAA Championships, Marco Anzures, and finished fifth at Pac-10s and seventh in the West Region. In outdoor track, the men finished tied for 52nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with five athletes earning All-America honors and were fifth at the Pac-10 meet. In indoor track, the men won the MPSF Championship crown and tied for 47th at Nationals.
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.
Maynard has also 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. His efforts culminated last season, when the Boise State facility was host to the NCAA 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 and his family reside in Valencia. His wife Dee, an RN, works at Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. His daughter Allyson resides in Boise, and his son Michael attends College of the Canyons.