• Led the womens cross country team to its first National Championship in school history in 2008, and back-to-back Pac-10 Championships in 2008 and 2009, winning with the first perfect score in conference history in 2008. Named 2008 National Coach of the Year at seasons end.
• Over Metcalfs nineteen seasons as cross country coach and fourteen seasons as head track & field coach, Washington has placed in the Top-25 at the NCAA cross country, indoor, and outdoor championships a total of 46 times.
• Was named the 2016 Pac-12 Mens Track Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, the teams best finish since 1976. The Husky men scored 122 points, the first time Washington ever scored over 100 at the conference championships.
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 countrys best runners. Drake works with head coach Greg Metcalf to develop the mens and womens distance program, in addition to numerous other functions designed to continue the advancement of the Washington track and field program.
In Drakes seven seasons, Washington has qualified its womens team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships every season with four Top-10 finishes, while the men made nationals in 2009, 2014, and tied the second-best finish in school history in 2015 with an eighth-place finish. On the track, 27 different distance runners have earned All-America honors since 2009.
Some of the projects Drake oversees in addition to regular coaching and recruiting duties include meet management of Washingtons 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 Washingtons new outdoor track facility, which broke ground in 2011 and was inaugurated in the spring of 2013, and then hosted the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, the first time since 1997 that Washington was able to host the meet.
Former Husky standout Anita Campbell has returned to her alma mater to help lead the womens distance program which she helped usher into the national spotlight. Campbell enters her third season working with Head Coach Greg Metcalf.
Washington is the first college coaching stop 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 womens 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.
During her first two years as an assistant, Campbell helped the Husky womens team reach the NCAA Cross Country Championships each year, placing 23rd in 2014 and then moving up to 10th in 2015, with Maddie Meyers garnering All-America honors both fall including an eighth-place finish in 2015.
Assistant Coach, Vault/Jumps/Multis
Now entering his 20th year at Washington, veteran coach Pat Licari continues to churn out All-Americans on a yearly basis.
Over the past 19 seasons, Licari has developed some of the nations premier pole vaulters, including a pair of Olympians, four NCAA champions with seven titles between them, nine Pac-12 champions combining for 12 titles, and 16 different All-Americans. American record-holder and World Championship gold medalist Brad Walker first rose to greatness under Licaris tutelage.
2016 was yet another year to remember as Licaris vaulters swept the Pac-12 titles for an unprecedented third straight season, Jax Thoirs captured his first NCAA Championship, and Diamara Planell Cruz became the first Olympic pole vault competitor in the history of her native Puerto Rico. Thoirs capped his fantastic Husky career with a win at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the fifth win for a Husky in the indoor mens vault in a 14 year span. He then won a third consecutive Pac-12 title, and finished fifth at the NCAA Outdoor meet in his final college competition.
Assistant Coach, Sprints
An NFL legend and former NCAA Champion in the long jump, Eric Metcalf transitions into a full-time coaching role at Washington, working with the Husky sprinters, following a four year stint as a volunteer assistant from 2013-16. Metcalf has had a long history of developing sprinters from youth and high school levels, to college All-Americans, to elite professionals.
During his time as a volunteer assistant, Metcalf worked primarily with Washingtons horizontal jumpers, but also coached Kennadi Bouyer in the sprints. Bouyer broke the UW school record for 60-meters indoors and became the first Husky ever to make the NCAA Indoor Championship 60m final in 2016, running a PR of 7.27 in the semis. Bouyer also made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championship final site at 100-meters, placing 20th overall.
Highlighting his time working with the jumps crew was the first ever Pac-12 mens triple jump title for Kasen Covington in 2013. He also coached Shaniae Lakes to the womens triple jump school record of 43-3 1/4 in 2012, as Lakes took runner-up honors at Pac-12s just missing the title by an inch. Bouyer got her first ever six-meter long jump in 2015 to take fifth at the Pac-12 Championships, and she went 19-7 ½ indoors in 2016, the best indoor mark by a Husky since 1995.
Assistant Coach, Throws
A former NCAA standout, Jason Schutz transitioned into the coaching world and has established himself as one of the top young assistants nationally in the throws events. Schutz is now in his second season developing the Husky throwers.
Year one in Seattle for Schutz included six different Pac-12 scorers in the throws events, five NCAA West Preliminary qualifiers, and a pair of All-Americans in javelin throwers Carson Fuller and Quinn Hale, who finished 15th and 18th, respectively at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Huskies also posted eight new marks on the top-10 lists.
Fuller raised his personal-best in the javelin to 241-feet, which qualified him for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Fuller then advanced through the qualifying round to reach the finals, finishing 12th overall in his first Trials experience.
Volunteer Assistant, Multis
Atanas Atanassov enters into his fourth 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.
Also steadily improving under Atanassovs coaching was 2015 grad Nick Pfeiffer, who upped his decathlon PR each year to a PR of 6,943 points in his final decathlon at the Pac-12 meet, where he finished ninth. Just a redshirt freshman, Carson Murray competed in the multis but had special success in the high jump, clearing 7-1 1/2 during the Pac-12 decathlon and advancing to NCAA West Preliminaries in the high jump.
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Hurdles
After two decades coaching the sprints, hurdles, and relays across the state at Washington State, Mark Macdonald has made the move to Seattle, and now provides his extensive experience to Washingtons hurdlers as a volunteer assistant coach. Macdonalds long, distinguished career at WSU included thirteen Pac-12 Championships for his athletes, and four individual NCAA victories. He was named the 2009 USTFCCCA West Region Mens Assistant Track Coach of the Year.
Macdonald continues to coach one of the most decorated hurdlers in NCAA history, Jeshua Anderson, as Anderson now competes professionally, most recently reaching the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials final at the 400-meter hurdles. As a collegiate, Anderson rarely ever tasted defeat, as he won four consecutive Pac-12 titles and three NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also won the 2011 U.S. Championship in the 400m hurdles in 47.93 and was the World Junior Champion in 2008.
In addition to the four-straight Pac-12 titles for Anderson, Macdonald also coached Pac-12 champions Arend Watkins (2001, 110m hurdles), Anson Henry (2002, 100m and 200m), Anthony Buchanan (2003 and 2004, 100m dash), Lorraine King (2009, 400m hurdles), Anna Layman (2011, 800m) and CJ Allen (2014, 400m hurdles). Henry went on to be a member of the Canadian mens Olympic team in 2004 and 2008.
Volunteer Assistant, Jumps
Joins the staff for the 2014-15 season as a volunteer assistant working with the horizontal jumpers after completing his college career in the spring of 2014. In his first season working along with volunteer coach Eric Metcalf, the horizontal jumpers enjoyed one of their best seasons in years. Four Huskies advanced to the NCAA West Prelims: Kennadi Bouyer in the long jump, and Casey Burns, Alanna Coker, and Jaleecia Roland in the triple jump. Burns had the No. 2 mark in school history and placed second at the Pac-12 Championships at 51-8 1/2, while Bouyer took fifth in the Pac-12 long jump at 19-11 3/4.
2014: Scored in the MPSF Championships and at the Dual Meet in his final season for the Dawgs … competed at the Pac-12 Championships, taking 10th in the triple jump and 12th in the long jump … set a big personal-best in the triple jump with a mark of 49-0 ¾ at the Trojan Invitational to finish third … took third at the UW-WSU Dual in the long jump at 23-0 ½, and was fourth in the triple jump at 46-0 … best long jump of the year was 23-5 ½ at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second … won the Ken Shannon Invite triple jump at 45-9 ¾ … indoors, took seventh in the triple jump at the MPSF Championships with a mark of 48-8, and was 11th in the long jump at 22-3 ¾ … had a career-best long jump indoors of 23-8 ¾ at the New Mexico Classic, placing sixth.
2013: Redshirted the outdoor season, competing several times unattached … won the long jump at the Ken Shannon Invite unattached, jumping 23-5 ½ into a -1.4 headwind … also won the Oregon Relays long jump at 23-3 ¼ … indoors, was 14th in the long jump at the MPSF Championships with a best of 22-11 … best indoor jump of the season was 23-2 ½ at the Husky Classic, taking fifth.
Volunteer Assistant, Sprints/Hurdles
One of the best hurdlers in Pac-12 Conference history and a three-time NCAA Champion and the 2011 U.S. Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, former Washington State Cougar Jeshua Anderson is now in his first year assisting Washingtons sprinters and hurdlers, working alongside his college coach Mark Macdonald.
Anderson was the 2011 Pac-12 Mens Track Athlete of the Year after joining the elite ranks of the four-time conference champions, as he won the 400-meter hurdle title every year from 2008-11, and won the 2008, 2009, and 2011 NCAA Championship titles. Anderson was a finalist for the Bowerman Award in 2011.
He also went on to win the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Championship title in the 400m hurdles and went on to compete for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Anderson reached the 400m hurdles finals. He also won the 2008 World Junior Championship gold medal in the 400m hurdles.Anderson is a native of Woodland Hills, California and attended Taft High.
Director of Operations
Former Husky distance runner Megan Morgan enters into her first year as Director of Operations for the Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Among her numerous responsibilities, Morgan assists with meet management for Washingtons home meets, including meets in the Dempsey Indoor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgan ran for the Huskies from 2010-14, and earned her Bachelors degree in 2014 in Medical Anthropology and Global Health with a Business Sales Certificate from the Foster School of Business. She then went on to use a final year of eligibility at the University of Portland, racing in 2014-15 and earning an MBA in Marketing from Portlands Pamplin School of Business in December of 2015. Morgan was named a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention five times at Washington for cross country and track.
In 2015, Morgan worked for a public relations and branding firm in Boulder, Colo. with a focus in the sports endurance industry. During her time as an undergraduate at UW, she interned with Oiselle and Nuun in marketing and sales capacities.