Poole Preps for Athens as Assistant Olympic Coach

BYU women's head track coach Craig Poole will be heading to Athens as an assistant coach for the USA Olympic Team.

PROVO, Utah (July 29. 2004) -- With the Olympics only a few weeks away, BYU women's head track coach Craig Poole will be heading to Athens, Greece, Monday to start final preparations and training for the women's USA Track & Field Team as an assistant coach.

"I'm very excited about coaching for the Olympic team for the first time," Poole said. "I will be coaching for mostly the long jump, triple jump and the heptathlon. I'll also assist Sue Humphrey, the head coach for the women's Olympic team, with the high jump and pole vault as needed."

After arriving in Athens early next week, Poole will help athletes as they arrive with registration, credentials, orientation and transportation and then start coaching members of the Olympic team in a mini-training camp.

"From August 3 to the 13, I'll be working with the athletes in their jumping events and the heptathlon in a training camp," Poole said. "I'll get to work with Tiffany Lott-Hogan again for her first heptathlon at the Olympics too. She'll be competing August 20 and 21."

Under the direction of Humphrey, Coach Poole will combine with coaching talent from all over the nation. The other four coaches will oversee different events for the women's Olympic team.

"I know all of the coaches I'll be working with," Poole said. "Curtis Frye of the University of South Carolina will be over the sprints and hurdles while Beth Sullivan will coach middle distance. Julia Emmons will coach the distance events like the 10,000 meters, marathon and race walk while coach Jeri Daniels-Elder will be over the throws."

Three years ago, Coach Poole was the head coach for the United States at the World University Games in Beijing, China. He served on the coaching staff for the West Team at the 1989 Olympic Festival and head coach for the U.S. National Team vs. Great Britain in 1990 and for IAAF U.S. World Indoor Championship Team in 1993.

In 1993, the Utah Network for Girls and Women in Sport recognized him for coaching his indoor and outdoor teams to WAC titles. That same year, he was the head women's USA Coach at the World Championships in Toronto, Canada.

Along with four MWC Coach of the Year titles, Poole has tallied all five MWC indoor titles and four of the five MWC outdoor titles since the inception of the conference.

Poole's team has had top 15 finishes the last nine straight years and has had 10 top-10 finishes. In 2004 the Cougar women finished 15th for the outdoor season with four All-American citations and placed 19th for the indoor season with 6 All-American citations.