- 30th season at BYU
- Women have won 17 of 19 indoor and 26 of 28 outdoor conference championships under Coach Poole
- Named MWC Coach of the Year seven times
- Coached more than 160 All-Americans
- U.S. head coach at World University Games and World Championships
- U.S. Olympic Coach at Athens, Greece
- Coached six Olympians
Since he took the helm of BYU women’s track team in 1980, Coach Poole has built a program that is consistently among the best in the nation.
Under his guidance, the Cougar track team has recorded an almost perfect record on conference and regional levels and has consistently been national contenders. Since 1983, his teams have won all eight HCAC crowns, seventeen of eighteen WAC titles, nine of ten MWC indoor titles and seven of eight MWC outdoor titles since the inception of the conference in 1999.
Awarded the 2006 Cougar Club Dale Rex Memorial Award for his success as a coach, Craig Poole has coached six individual National Champions: Christy Opara in the Long Jump, Anu Kalijurand in the Heptathlon, Tiffany Lott-Hogan in the Heptathlon, Anna Mosdell in the Discus, Amy Menlove in the Pentathlon and Lacey Cramer in the 800-meters. During his 30 years at BYU he has coached 81 athletes to All-American status.
Poole’s athletes have earned a total of 165 All-American honors and 18 of his athletes have been named National Champions.
Poole has been honored as the MWC Coach of the Year seven times, including the 2009 season, and WAC Coach of the Year 10 times. He also received HCAC Coach of the Year and IAC Coach of the Year awards.
In 2004, Coach Poole was the head coach for the United States at the World University Games in Beijing, China. He also served as coach and advisor to the Taiwan National team at the Asian & World Championships in 1987 and technical coach for Taiwan at the Asian games in 1991. He served on the coaching staff for the West Team at the 1989 Olympic Festival and as head coach for the U.S. National Team vs. Great Britain in 1990 and for IAAF U.S. World Indoor Championships Team in 1993.
He was named to the 2004 Olympic coaching staff, traveling to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He coached the U.S. athletes in the Heptathlon, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Poole is a respected force in USA Track and Field where he is the National Development Chair, a position he has filled for over ten years. He now has an additional role as the Multi Events Chair, responsible for the national development of the long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault and heptathlon. He was a member of the NCAA Rules Committee.
In 1993, he was the head women’s USA Coach at the World Championships in Toronto, Canada.
Poole received an Ed.D. in physical education and educational administration from the University of Utah in 1970. He is a full-time professor at BYU in sports psychology. He is married to Sharon Woodland. The couple has four children.
- 30th season as coach of BYU’s distance team
- Teams have earned four cross country national championships under Coach Shane
- 60 runners have earned more than 150 All-American citations
- Coached six Olympians
- Head coach for the USA Senior Women’s World Cross Country Team (1999)
- Head coach for the USA Women’s Track and Field Junior Team (2008)
Coach Shane enters his 30th season as the women’s distance coach at BYU. Since his arrival, Coach Shane has turned the team into one of dominance. With four NCAA Championship titles and three runner-up finishes in the past ten seasons, Shane has built a team that is nationally recognized as a team to beat every year. Under Coach Shane’s reign, the Cougars have powered their way into the national spotlight winning back-to-back national championships in 2001 and 2002.
In his 30 seasons as coach of the Cougars, Shane has been named the National Cross Country Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 2002. In 1997, Shane and his team became the first BYU women’s team to win a national title. Since then, he has guided his team to national championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
With four national titles under their feet, the Cougars stand alone as the only BYU team with four national championships.
Since 1981, when the NCAA took over women’s athletics, Shane’s teams have missed the national meet only three times. Throughout his coaching tenure at BYU, the women’s team has finished in the top ten 19 times and 22 times in the top 20. A 16th-place finish in 1989 was the lowest for any of Shane’s teams.
Shane has coached six Olympians and 47 All-American cross country runners. His cross country teams have caught a hold of 24 conference championships. Since joining the Mountain West Conference in 1999, the Cougars have been the dominant team, winning eight of eleven conference titles.
When Shane took the helm as BYU’s women’s cross country coach in 1980, he took a team built from scratch and finished first at the AIAW District VII meet. The team went on to take sixth at the AIAW National Championships. Shane’s teams have won 16 District VII Championships.
Shane was twice named IAC Coach of the Year, HCAC Coach of the Year four times, District VII Coach of the Year nine times, WAC Coach of the Year six times and MWC Coach of the Year four times. On top of that, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
Coach Shane helped develop the USATF Coaching Education Program. He was selected to be the junior women’s coach for the 1995 World Cross Country Championships in Durham, England. In 1999, Shane was chosen as the senior women’s coach for the World Cross Country Championships in Portugal. He was selected as the Head Coach for the USA Women’s Track and Field Team for the IAAF World Junior Champions held in Poland 2008.
Shane is married to Karey and they are the parents of seven children.
- Qualified for 1968 Olympic trials in the javelin
- Placed 11th in the javelin at the World Games in 1971
- National Champion and set an American record in the Masters decathlon in 1981
- Won the National Masters Championship pentathlon in 1993
The always-strong Cougar throw squad has flourished under the guidance of coach Richard Legas since his arrival at BYU in 1992.
In addition to his work with the throwers, Legas also coached several pole vaulters, including All-American Becky Jackson.
Legas is the head recruiting coordinator for the program and has been personally involved in recruiting many of BYU’s All-Americans over the years.
A native of Ogden, Utah, Legas qualified for the 1968 Olympic trials in the javelin throw, but was unable to compete because of injury. As an undergraduate at BYU, he earned three letters in football, four in track and field, and held the school record in the javelin throw.
After graduating from BYU with a B.S. degree in physical education in 1971, he began a military career in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the All-Air Force track and field team for nine years and served as intercollegiate track and field coach at the Air Force Academy for four years. During that time, he coached various sports and conducted clinics at numerous Air Force bases in Europe, emphasizing the throwing events and decathlon.
A decorated pilot who flew in Operation Desert Storm, he retired from the Air Force in September of 1991 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1993, he won the U.S. National Masters Championship Pentathlon title at a Provo meet.
Legas earned an M.S. degree summa cum laude in aeronautical sciences and Embry Riddle University in 1987.
His coaching has helped BYU to produce a strong throws, vault and multi-events program. He has coached numerous All-Americans during his career.
Legas is married to the former Megan Cresap, and they have four children and 17 grandchildren.
Padilla is one of the most decorated track athletes in BYU history. An eight-time All-American, Doug rewrote the record books in the distance events while competing for the Cougars, setting records in the indoor mile and two mile and outdoor 1500 and 5000 meters. His 1500-meter BYU record (3:38.37) stood for 24 years and was only recently broken in the 2005 season. In 1981, Doug won the NCAA indoor two mile in a memorable battle with UTEP Olympian Suleiman Nyambui that is considered one of the great moments in BYU sports history.
After college, Padilla was a 12-time US national champion while setting seven American records, two of which still stand (indoor two mile and indoor 5000 meters). A two-time Olympian, he is a veteran of five world championships. His accolades include victories in the 5000 meters at the 1985 World Cup and the 1986 Goodwill Games. From 1981 to 1990 he was nationally ranked 13 times in the 1500-meter/mile and 5000 meters and world ranked three times in the 5000-meters. His top ranking was in 1985 when ranked second in the world.
Doug joined the women’s athletic department in 1999 as an administrative assistant assigned to track and field. He is now Director of Track and Field Operations. He has played a key role in the creation of a number of championship competitions, including the Utah Collegiate Championships, two high school championships, the Meet of Championships and the Race of Champions. He is a member of the Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA) and the US Track Meet Directors Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for USA Track and Field.
Doug is married to the former Lynette Nielson and they have four children.
Coach Randolph attended and participated in track and field at Brigham Young University as a 400-meter runner. After his competition career ended, he served as a volunteer assistant on the BYU track and field team, helping coach sprints. In 1998, he was hired at Utah Valley State College as the sprint coach. He continued work as the sprint coach at UVSC/UVU through 2009, when he was hired in September as the BYU women’s track sprint coach.
Erik Rasmussen is entering his second season as the women’s pole vault coach. From 1998 to 2003, Rasmussen competed in the pole vault and decathlon for the Cougars and was selected as a member of the All-MWC team. He had a personal best of 5.30m in the pole vault.
Before returning to BYU as a coach, Rasmussen had success coaching at Mountain View High School and Lone Peak High School. In 2007, he coached the top three finishers in the boys Utah High School 5A state meet. In 2008 he coached the runner-up in the boys 5A vault and the champion in the boys 4A vault, who also set a new state record at 16’1’’.
Rasmussen is a native of Modesto, California. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, Italy. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is working towards a master’s degree in exercise science. He is married to the former Nicole Nevitt, who competed for the women’s track team.
Jillian attended graduated from Stanford University, where she competed on the track and field team for four seasons. In her career, she earned a total of seven All-America honors and several Pacific-10 championships. Williams holds the Stanford school record in the outdoor shot put with a throw of 59-6.25 (18.15m).
Williams still competes as one of the premier women’s throwers in the United States today. She competed in the New Balance Invitational in New York City earlier this season, finishing first in the shot put in the championship division. Williams is married to BYU track and field athletic trainer Dustin Williams.
Morzelewski enters his third season as the strength and conditioning coach for the women’s track and field team.
A graduate in exercise and sport science from the University of Utah, Morzelewski spent five years at Northern Arizona University working with the football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and track and field teams.
After working as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at NAU for four years, he became the head strength and conditioning coach, where he served for one year before coming to BYU. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Morzelewski enjoys weight lifting, mountain biking and hiking. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bogota, Columbia and currently lives in Spanish Fork.
Dustin Williams is in his fourth year at BYU as the head athletic trainer for cross country and track and field. In addition he has served on the medical staff for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Before BYU, he spent a year doing a fellowship for the U.S. Olympic Committee working particularly with winter Olympic athletes at the training center in Lake Placid, New York. He also worked on the medical staff for the 2004 track and field Olympic trails.
Williams began his schooling at Ricks College in Idaho where he studied sports medicine and working in the athletic training department. He later transferred to Utah State where he earned a bachelor’s (2003) and master’s (2005) degrees in athletic training. During his time there, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Aggies’ track and field and cross country programs.
Williams, an Arco, Idaho native, served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Birmingham, England. He is also an avid marathoner, having competed in eight marathons thus far, including the Boston, Los Angeles, St. George and Top of Utah.
Ann Haymond is the secretary for the track and field and cross country programs. In addition to managing the office, she is responsible for the finances, travel and accommodations for the team.
Before coming to BYU, Haymond was the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Cotton Tree Hospitality. She handled three Utah County properties. She has also worked for the Utah County Convention and Visitors Bureau as an Administrative Assistant to the Convention Director.
Haymond is an accomplished vocalist with a beautiful alto voice. She and her sister, Kay, have recorded two CD’s. She is also a pitcher for a dominating softball team in the area.
She is married to Jon Eric Haymond. They have four children: Jon, who has two children Jordyn and Kolton. Greer, their second son, is married to Jessica. Bradon, their youngest son, is currently serving his mission in Barcelona, Spain. Brittney, their only daughter, just graduated from college.
Sarah was a member of the BYU women’s track and field team from 2004-2007. She competed in various distance events, ranging from the 800-meters to the 3000-meter steeplechase.
As a sophomore in 2006, she placed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships with a time of 11:04.42, and followed that with a 10:45.00 at NCAA West Regionals. She was named a member of the Academic All-MWC and a Scholar Athlete during freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Ingebretsen graduated from BYU with a degree in exercise science.
Ran on the BYU track and field team as a freshman … New Mexico state champion in the high jump, 300-meter hurdles, 4x200-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay in high school … majoring in exercise science.
Lettered in track three years at Skyline High School … women’s team captain senior season … fourth in region sophomore year in 300-meter hurdles … third in region senior year in 400-meter dash … state championship competitor in 300-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash.