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Mike Maynard enters his first season as the UCLA Director of Track and field overseeing the men's and women's programs following three seasons as men's head coach as well as the 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 nine years.
Last season, the men's track and field team had much success. At the Pac-12 Championships, the Bruin men finished fourth overall with 86 points as Alec Faldermeyer and redshirt Matthew Kosecki captured conference titles in their respective events. The men's team finished 17th overall at the NCAA Championships, led by impressive performances from three sophomores - Mike Woepse(2nd in pole vault), Alec Faldermeyer (3rd in hammer); and Marcus Nilsson(6th in decathlon), which earned all three first-team All-America honors. The 4x100m relay of Jamal Alston, Maxwell Dyce, R.J. Frasier and Laijon White earned second-team All-America honors (16th) along with discus thrower Matthew Kosecki (10th). Derek Eager (javelin) and Dyce (200m) earned honorable mention All-America honors in their respective events. None of the athletes competing at NCAAs for the men's team were seniors.
In the NCAA indoor Championships, the Bruins were represented by sophomores Alec Faldermeyer, Mike Woepse and Marcus Nilsson and freshman Dustin Fay. In the pole vault, Woepse finished 14th overall and earned second-team USTFCCCA All-American honors. In the 5000m, Fay did not race due to an injury. Faldermeyer placed fifth in the 35-lb weight throw and picked up the third first-team All-American honor of his career. Nilsson finished eleventh in the heptathlon and earned the first All-American (2nd team) of his career.
The 2011 season was highlighted by double All-American as a freshman, Alec Faldermeyer (weight/hammer) and standout half-miler Cory Primm (1:44.71, new school record). Faldermeyer also won the 2011 USATF Junior National hammer crown and a gold medal at the PanAm Junior Games. Maynard also coached Derek Eager, a redshirt during the 2011 season, to the USATF Jr. National javelin crown and a spot in the PanAm Junior Games. The men finished tied for third at the Pac-10 championships as Primm and Greg Woepse captured individual titles. Several athletes competed at NCAAs and earned All-Americna honors as the men finished 37th as a team.
Maynard also coached then freshman hammer thrower, Ida Storm, to double All-American honors in the weight throw and hammer in 2011.
In his first year in charge of the men's program (2010), the Bruins found much success. During the indoor and outdoor season, UCLA athletes posted two school records and four marks on the all-time top-10 list. Cory Primm set the school record in the 800m (1:45.70), while the DMR team broke the indoor mark (9:31.70). The 4x100m relay, Primm, Scott Crawford (800m) and Dylan Knight (steeple) each competed at the NCAA Outdoor meet, with Primm placing fifth to earn All-American honors. The 4x100m relay also earned All-American honors after advancing to the relay final at Outdoors.
Three throwers redshirted the 2010 season, while others battled injuries throughout the year. Bo Taylor, Nigel Davies, Tom Nagengast and Mark Weber all competed in the post-season.
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 States 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 (21) is a junior at Boise State and their son Michael (19) attends College of the Canyons.
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