Carey Named Academic All America
Rice senior distance runner Matt Carey has been named to Capital One Academic All-America® men's track & field/cross country first team, earning the fifth, first-team honor for the men's track and field program in the last four years.
Jon Warren enters his 14th year as head coach of the Rice mens track and field program (2014-15), and 20th year as a full-time coach, having been associated with the program as a competitor, part-time coach or an assistant coach since 1983.
Since becoming head coach in July of 2001, Rice has won three individual NCAA Championships (2004 Decathlon, Ryan Harlan; 2009 Indoor Pole Vault, Jason Colwick; 2009 Outdoor Pole Vault, Jason Colwick), won 60 individual/relay conference championships, four team conference championships, and finished in the top 25 as a team three times at the NCAA Championships.
Additionally, Warren has helped his student-athletes achieve success in the classroom. Warren has had 16 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in his tenure as head coach, and Dan Sloat was awarded an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2011. In 2012-13, Rice mens track and cross country had a combined seven C-USA Academic selections and 30 C-USA Academic Medal Winners or Honor Roll Recipients.
Warren has been named conference coach of the year four times and has overseen the development of many student-athletes, including 20 All-Americans during his tenure as head coach.
Veteran track and field coach, Casey Thom is now in his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Rice Owls mens track and field team. He works with the horizontal jumpers, hurdlers, throwers and multi-event athletes in addition to coordinating recruiting and handling meet operations.
Thom made an immediate impact on the success of the Owls. During the 2007 outdoor season, Thom coached Luke Stadel to the Conference USA shot put crown and qualified for the NCAA championship. Philip Adam added his name to the Rice record books during the indoor season, setting the school record in the heptathlon.
In his tenure at Rice, Thom guided decathlete Philip Adam to 3 NCAA appearances in the decathlon from 2009-2011. Adam earned All-America status in 2010 when he placed 9th at the NCAA Outdoor championship In 2011 he won his 3rd consecutive conference championship in the decathlon with a personal best score of 7514. He was named the NCAA Elite-88 award winner for having the highest GPA of any athlete to participate in the NCAA Finals.
Widely regarded as one of the top pole vault coaches in the country, David Butler begins his 10th year as an assistant coach of both the mens and womens pole vaulters at Rice University.
The 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons proved fruitful for Butler and the Rice pole vaulting corps. Junior Jason Colwick had an exceptional year winning the 2009 NCAA Indoor title and the 2009 NCAA Outdoor championship as well. Colwick also posted the nations number outdoor one mark for the second straight year.
In 2008, Colwick posted the NCAAs number one mark in the pole vault, 5.55m/18-2.5, at the Texas Twilight Meet. Colwick also won the Conference USA outdoor title with a meet record mark of 5.31m/17-5.
Bill Collins is the head coach for Houston Elite and owner of ACALA Sports Training Systems.
Open World Records: 400 meter relay 38.03 (Dusseldorf Germany – 1977) Sprint Mledley relay/indoors (400/200/200/300) 4 times at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 1979 -2:02.45 , 1980 – 2:02.16, 1981 – 2:01.10, 1982 – 2:00.64