PROVO -- BYU head coach Mark Robison announced today the hiring of Leonard Myles-Mills as a part-time assistant coach with the men's track and field program. Myles-Mills' position, a temporary assignment for the 2001 season, will include coaching the sprinters and relay teams.
Myles-Mills earned three All-America citations while running at BYU from 1996-1999. In his junior and senior seasons, he won back-to-back National Championship titles in the 100-meters. He also ran on BYU's All-American 400-meter relay team which finished third at the1999 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
"Leonard is a wonderful leader," said BYU track coach Mark Robison. "As a collegian, he accomplished everything you could accomplish, both indoors and outdoors. He brings a wealth of international experience with him as well. The kids like him and respect him, and he will be a tremendous asset to our program."
Myles-Mills, a native of Dansoma Accra, Ghana, has represented his country in international competition since he qualified for the national team in 1998. He took third that year in the 100-meters at the African Championships in Senegal, which qualified him to compete in the World Cup in Athletics in Johannasburg, South Africa. In 1999, he won first place at the All-African Games, also held in Johannasburg.
Myles-Mills recently competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He made it to the semi-finals of the 100-meter race, finishing in ninth place.
"I have been fortunate to have the best coaches here at BYU," Myles-Mills said. "This is a great opportunity for me to be able to come back here, to do what I know how to do, and to share some of the things I have learned with the athletes here."
In addition to the hiring of Myles-Mills, BYU will also benefit from the experience of four-time Olympic silver medalist Frank Fredericks. A second-place finisher in the 100-meters and 200-meters at both the Barcelona Games in 1992 and the Atlanta Games in 1996, Fredericks will be working with the Cougar track team as a volunteer assistant for the 2001 season.