Impressive new staff added by Director of Track and Field Mike Maynard.
Christopher Asher is joining the UCLA staff in 2012-13 as a full-time assistant coach, working with the Bruin women's and men's 400m and 4 X 400m relay and helping to direct UCLA's recruiting efforts. For the last 11 seasons (2002-2012), Asher was at Cal State Los Angeles as the head coach for women's cross country, women's indoor track & field and women's and men's outdoor track & field.
Last season at Cal State L.A., after guiding the women's indoor track team to a strong national finish that included two All-America awards, Asher led the women's and men's outdoor track & field teams to impressive accomplishments in 2012. The two teams combined to win 17 events at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships, with the men's team winning 10 events and finishing a close second in the conference and the women's team winning seven events and finishing third. The highlight of the 2011-12 season was a national championship from Calista Lyon in the women's discus during outdoor track & field. The Golden Eagles women's outdoor track & field team finished in a tie for 17th nationally, which was its best finish since 2006.
During his 11 seasons at Cal State L.A., Asher coached five individual NCAA Div. II champions: Lyon in the women's discus; Josh Como in the 2011 triple jump; Giorgio Bryant in the 2011 long jump; Omonike Kotey in the 2008 indoor triple jump and April Brown in the 2006 indoor 60 meters.
As the Golden Eagles head coach, Cal State L.A. picked up 85 CCAA individual titles, including 80 in track & field (51 in men's track & field and 29 in women's track & field). In addition, the Golden Eagles picked up 17 individual conference championships and 27 All-CCAA awards in 2012. Cal State L. A. also had individual CCAA cross country champions in 2002, 2003 and 2007.
The Golden Eagles have earned 87 All-America honors in cross country and track & field since Asher took over as Cal State L. A. head coach, including eight in 2011-12 (two in indoor track & field, two in men's outdoor track & field and four in women's outdoor track & field). He earned four Coach of the Year awards while at Cal State L.A., two in 2007-08 when he was the CCAA Coach of the Year in cross country and the USTFCCCA West Region Coach of the Year in men's track & field. Previously, he was named the NCAA West Region Coach of the Year in women's cross country in 2006 and in women's indoor track & field in 2006.
Before his head coaching stint at Cal State L.A., Asher served five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he was responsible for overseeing sprints, hurdles and relays for both the women's and men's teams. His student-athletes earned 19 All-Big West Conference honors, four Big West Conference individual championships and one USATF Junior National All-America award. Asher was integral in Cal State Fullerton athletes setting more than 20 school records in his five years with the program.
Asher is a past President for Div. II Track & Field for the U. S. Track & Field Cross Country Association and NCAA Track & Field West Region chair. He serves on the USTFCCCA Track & Field Executive Committee as a past-president and is the chair of the Meet Enhancement Committee. He is also on the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee and, as a member of the committee, has been appointed as a representative on the Zero Tolerance Committee for both USA Track & Field and the USTFCCCA. Asher was a member of the NCAA Div. II Women's and Men's Track & Field Committee representing the West Region.
Last summer, he was also a coach at the U.S. Olympic Trials and was an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Spain.
He has coached several elite athletes, including sprinter Joe Criner, Bruin alumni hurdler Derek Knight, former NFL player Reuben Droughns, current Major League Baseball relief pitcher Sergio Santos (Toronto Blue Jays), current NBA and past UCLA player Trevor Ariza (Washington Wizards) and 2005 Oakland A's first-round draft pick Danny Putnam.
Asher competed in track & field collegiately at Cal State Northridge from 1994-96. He earned his bachelor's degree in Pan-African studies from Cal State Northridge in 1998 and his Master's degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2001.
CLick for Bruin Video