CORVALLIS, Ore. –
Nationally-acclaimed coach David Dumble has been hired as the Oregon State track & field program's new throws coach, head coach Kelly Sullivan
Dumble comes to OSU from Arizona State, where he compiled an outstanding resume coaching the ASU male and female throwers over the past 16 seasons. He coached his charges to more than 20 NCAA titles and numerous Pacific-10/12 Conference championships and All-American accolades.
"Initially our family made the decision to move to a great place to raise our family when my wife got a job," at Cheldelin Middle School in Corvallis, Dumble said. "We'd heard great things about the community.
"Then, when this job opened up it was like a Godsend, it was just perfect. I applied, and here I am."
Dumble was named the USTFCCA's National Assistant coach of the Year five times. He coached at Virginia Tech for one season before taking the ASU job for the 2000-01 season.
Some of his protégées include four-time NCAA shot put champions Jordan Clark and Ryan Whiting; All-American shot putter Anna Jelmini; Team USA shot putter Sarah Stevens-Walker; All-American shot putter Jason Lewis; All-American discus thrower Cj Navarro; NCAA discus champion Jessica Pressley, and 2008 Olympian Jacquelyn Johnson.
"I hope to create another nice program of great throwers" at OSU, he said. "You have to have the right culture and develop kids.
"That speaks volumes to the next recruit, and then you start getting some of the top-caliber throwers in the country. Everything we need is here. We have the facilities, the staff support, so I'm excited to see what happens in the next couple years."
The Beavers return several top throwers from the 2016 team. Junior McKenzie Byrd
is the school record-holder in the javelin (144-3) and placed fifth at the Pacific-12 Conference Championships. Senior co-captain Rachel Picknell
holds the school record in the hammer (173-4.50) and is No. 2 all-time in the discus (158-4). She placed ninth in the discus at the Pac-12 meet.
Another returnee, sophomore Kindel Bailey
, placed 10th
in the javelin at Pac-12s. She ranks fourth all-time in that event (138-6).
"I've talked to McKenzie, she is very excited about what's going to happen in the future," Dumble said. "Rachel has her senior year coming. We have a freshman coming in, Lindsay McShane, who is pretty talented.
"We have women who can score points at the Pac-12 level and we are ready to hit the ground running."
A 1997 UCLA graduate with a BS in environmental studies, Dumble was a two-time All-American in the discus and was the team captain his senior year. He competed in the 2000 United States Olympic Trials, and at two USATF Championship meets.
He graduated from Bakersfield College before enrolling at UCLA. He was the California junior college state-champion in the discus there, and is a member of the Bakersfield College Hall of Fame.
Dumble earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certificate from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has a Master's of Education degree in Higher and Secondary Education from ASU.
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