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Women's Track/XC Ranked No. 3 Program Of The Year
The Huskies had top-25 finishes in all three NCAA Championships this academic year.
Fresh off a program-best finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Husky women's track and field and cross country program was today ranked an impressive third in the final Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The bus holding the Husky track team was ready to roll away from Eugene, Ore., and the NCAA preliminaries last month.
But Greg Metcalf wasn't.
UW's personable, indefatigable head coach was on a walk with Amanda Peterson. The transfer from Gig Harbor, Wash., and Eastern Washington had just endured a tough day with the javelin, and Metcalf wanted to spend time alone with his thrower.
"I held up the bus for 20 minutes and went for a walk around the stadium with Amanda," Metcalf said Friday, days before he takes 11 more Huskies to another NCAA championships meet. "I wanted to know what she was thinking, what she had to say,"
The bus delay was yet another, poignant example of what Metcalf has been doing so exquisitely while leading Washington's track-and-field and cross-country programs since 2002.
Associate Head Coach
Veteran distance coach Jason Drake joined the Washington staff in the summer of 2009, bringing more than a decade of experience coaching and recruiting many of the country's best runners. Drake works with head coach Greg Metcalf to develop the men's distance program, in addition to numerous other functions designed to continue the advancement of the Washington track and field program.
Some of the projects Drake oversees in addition to regular coaching and recruiting duties include meet management of Washington's series of renowned meets at the Dempsey Indoor facility, which bring several thousand athletes each year to Seattle. He also handles implementation of Husky track and field and cross country camps, alumni relations, and fundraising for Washington's new outdoor track facility, which broke ground in 2011 and was inaugurated in the spring of 2013.
Drake served the previous seven years as the head distance coach at Washington State, serving as assistant distance coach in charge of the Cougars cross country program the first two seasons before being officially named cross country head coach in 2004. Prior to that Drake began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, where he was an assistant distance coach from 1995-2002 and also served as recruiting coordinator during the final three years of his stint.
Assistant Coach, Vault/Jumps/Multis
Now in his seventeenth year at Washington, veteran coach Pat Licari continues to churn out All-Americans on a yearly basis.
Over the past 16 seasons, Licari has developed some of the nation's premier pole vaulters, including a two-time Olympian, three NCAA champions with six titles between them, five Pac-12 champions and 11 different All-Americans.
Over the past few seasons, Logan Miller reached new heights for a Husky women's vaulter. In 2012, Miller vaulted to a school record and moved to seventh in Pac-12 history with a clearance of 14-4 ½ at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing second. Miller went over the 14-foot mark three times, including a vault of 14-3 ¼ at the NCAA Outdoor Championships which earned her fourth place, best finish by a Husky outside of Kate Soma's 2005 NCAA title. Miller earned First Team All-America honors and competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She came back from a foot injury in 2013 to have her best meet of the year at NCAAs, clearing 13-9 ¼ to finish 12th and earn her third All-America honor.
Assistant Coach, Sprints/Hurdles/Relays
For the past five years, assistant coach Raul Sheen has been getting the Husky sprinters up to speed, assembling a diverse and dynamic group that has piled up points at the conference level and established a presence at the NCAA Championships. Sheen joined the Husky staff in the fall of 2008 following a one-year stint at Long BeachState where he was named the 2008 West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Over the last five years, Sheen's sprinters and hurdlers have won four Pac-12 titles, and combined for 24 All-America honors. Husky sprinters have earned 13 individual bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships under Sheen, and the men's 4x100-meter relay has advanced to the final site in four of his five seasons, a testament to the depth UW has relied upon each year.
Sheen has helped Huskies find success across all sprint events, as Washington has qualified at least one athlete to the NCAA Outdoor Prelims in twelve of the fourteen possible events, combining the men and women, during Sheen's tenure.
Assistant Coach, Distances
Former Husky standout Anita Campbell has returned to her alma mater to help lead the women's distance program which she helped usher into the national spotlight. Campbell begins her first season working with Head Coach Greg Metcalf.
This is the first college coaching experience for Campbell, who competed at Washington from the fall of 2005 until the spring of 2010. A two-time All-American, Campbell is a Husky Hall of Fame member as part of the 2008 women's cross country team. She captured the 2009 Pac-10 title at 10,000-meters and went on to finish third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that year.
No student-athlete had a better perspective for Washington's rise to cross country prominence than Campbell. Her first two seasons she qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. As a junior in 2007 she was joined by the full team which finished a then-program-best eighth, as Campbell earned her first All-America honor. The next fall everything came together with an undefeated season, one for the history books.
Assistant Coach, Throws
T.J. Crater joined the Washington staff right at the end of 2011 to take over the storied Husky throws program in his home state. Crater's successes at every level have seen him rise quickly through the coaching ranks, and his passion for teaching the sport and familiarity with the Pacific Northwest makes him a natural fit at the University of Washington.
A native of East Wenatchee, Washington, Crater got his coaching start at Central Washington University, earning national honors, before moving on to the D-I level at the University of Nevada, and then on to the throws coach at Penn State University, where from 2009 to 2011 he helped numerous Nittany Lions to NCAA podium finishes.
During his time at Penn State, Crater also began coaching world-class professional shot putter Ryan Whiting, a partnership that continued through Crater's move to Seattle. Whiting was a finalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the gold medalist at the 2012 and 2014 World Indoor Championships to go with a silver at the 2013 World Outdoor Championships.
Director of Operations
Jessica Riden is in her first year as the Director of Operations for Husky Track & Field. She serves as the meet director for Washington's home meets, including meets in the Dempsey Indoor.
She can be reached at email@example.com with any Husky meet questions.
Riden comes to Seattle after spending the past seven years serving as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Operations at Penn State University. At Penn State, Riden was the home MEET MANAGER, and also served as the sports information contact.
She received her Bacherlor's from Penn State in 2004 majoring in Journalism with a minor in Kinesiology. From there, Riden worked in athletic communications at Bucknell University and East Tennessee State University before returning to her alma mater.
Volunteer Assistant, Jumps
An NFL legend and former NCAA Champion in the long jump, Metcalf just completed his first season assisting with the Husky jumpers A 13-year veteran in the National Football League, Metcalf made his debut in 1989 with Cleveland after the Browns drafted him with the 13th overall pick in the first round. He spent his first six seasons with the Browns, then moved on to play for the Browns, Falcons, Chargers, Cardinals, Panthers, Redskins and Packers, last appearing with Green Bay in the 2002 season.
Metcalf was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, making the team in 1994 and 1995 with Cleveland and in 1997 with San Diego. A multi-talented player in the National Football League, Metcalf excelled at offense and as a kick returner on special teams. In his second NFL season, he led the league in kickoff return yards (1,052) and return touchdowns (two). He also led the NFL in punt return touchdowns in four different seasons (1993-1995, 1997). Overall, Metcalf finished his career with 2,392 rushing yards, 541 receptions for 5,572 yards, 3,453 punt return yards, and 5,813 yards returning kickoffs. This gave him a total of 17,230 all-purpose yards, ranking him among the NFL's top 10 in that category at the time of his retirement. He also scored 55 touchdowns (12 rushing, 31 receiving, ten punt returns, two kickoff returns). Metcalf's 12 returned-kick touchdowns are tied for third-most in NFL history behind Brian Mitchell and Devin Hester, and equal with Dante Hall. His 10 punt return touchdowns were an NFL record until Hester broke that mark in 2011. An illustrious track and field career was highlighted by winning the NCAA Championship in the long jump in 1986 and again in 1988 for the Longhorns.
He was a four-time All-American and holds the Texas school record with a best of 27-8 ¼. He made the finals of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing eighth. On the gridiron at Texas, Metcalf was a three-time member of the All-SWC Team and the 1987 SWC Offensive Player of the Year and Team MVP. He is the only player in Texas history to string together four consecutive seasons leading the team in all-purpose yards. Metcalf is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor. Metcalf began coaching football and track at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle after retiring from the NFL. He also started an elite high school track and field club called Seatown Express.
Volunteer Assistant, Sprints
2013: Senior season proved to be his best, as he set career-best times, earned a career-high finish at the conference meet, and made his first NCAA Prelims … perseverance paid off at the Pac-12 Championships, as he placed fourth in the final with a time of 14.40 seconds, the best finish of his career … ran a career-best 14.36 seconds in the hurdles at the Pepsi Team Invitational at Hayward Field, taking third … helped the Huskies to a thrilling sweep of the hurdles in the Dual meet vs. WSU, as he was second in 14.52 seconds … set a PR outdoors in his very first race at the Trojan Invite, clocking 14.57 … qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in the hurdles, finished 41st overall in the first round in 14.72 into a headwind in his last Husky race in Austin … indoors, scored at the MPSF Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles, matching his career-best in the finals of 8.15 seconds … also ran that PR again at the UW Invitational, taking fourth … earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
2012: Was the fastest Husky hurdler in the 60m hurdles indoors and the 110m hurdles outdoors, competing at both conference championships ... outdoors, was 13th at the Pac-12 Championships in the 110m hurdles, running 14.82 in the prelims ... season-best time outdoors was 14.75 seconds at the Beach Invitational ... third at the UW-WSU Dual in the hurdles in 14.86 ... also placed fifth in 14.83 at the Pepsi Team Invitational ... indoors, scored at the MPSF Championships in the 60m hurdles, placing eighth in 8.57 seconds ... ran 8.32 seconds in the MPSF prelims to make the final ... top time was 8.28 at the UW Final Qualifier, placing second ... also was second at the UW Invitational (8.33) and the UW Indoor Preview (8.53) ... received Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
2011: Ran at the Pac-10 Championships, taking 11th in the 110-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 14.67 seconds ... took seventh at the Pepsi Team Invite in the 110m hurdles in 14.85 seconds ... ran 14.75 seconds in the hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays ... fourth in the 110m hurdles and fifth in the 400m hurdles against WSU ... ran a full indoor season, barely missing the final in the 60m hurdles at the MPSF Championships, placing ninth in 8.26 seconds ... season-best time of 8.25 seconds to take fifth at the UW Invitational ... also made the Husky Classic final, placing ninth in 8.34 seconds ... twice ran on the 4x400m relay indoors, with a best of 3:18.62 at the Husky Classic.
Volunteer Assistant, Multis
Atanas Atanassov enters into his third year as a volunteer assistant on the Husky coaching staff. He works with Assistant Coach Pat Licari coaching the UW multi-event athletes, planning daily workouts, leading practice and coaching in competitions.
Over his first two years, Atanassov worked with All-American Husky record-setter Jeremy Taiwo, helping Taiwo reach new heights in 2013. Taiwo was the NCAA decathlon runner-up with 8,239 points, a total that surpassed the World Championships 'A' Standard. With a third-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships, Taiwo qualified for the 2013 World Championships in the decathlon. He also broke the UW heptathlon record indoors, scoring 6,156 points, and raised the heptathlon high jump World Record to 7-4 1/2.
A native of Bulgaria, Atanassov has a Masters in Physical Education, and more than twenty years of coaching experience, dating back to club coaching in his home country where his athletes won a dozen Bulgarian national titles. After moving to the Seattle area, he has served as an assistant coach with Highline Community College, coaching the NWAACC decathlon champion, and the pole vault coach for the Renton School District. He is USATF Level 1 coaching certified.