Sept. 26, 2002
SEATTLE - First-year Washington track and field head coach Greg Metcalf announced the hiring Thursday of Dion Miller, Pat Licari and Kelly MacDonald to his staff for the 2002-03 season, completing the hiring process begun last month. Metcalf's staff includes five assistants, each of whom will work with Husky track athletes in specific events.
Directing Washington's sprinters, hurdlers and relays will be Miller, who spent the previous two years turning Texas Tech's sprinters into one of the nation's elite units. In 2002 alone, 13 athletes coached by Miller earned All-American honors, and the school's 4x100-meter relay team earned its first-ever Big 12 championship. Miller graduated from Texas Tech in 1998 with a B.A. in exercise sports science, and worked collegiately at Southern Methodist University before arriving at Texas Tech in 2000.
Joining Miller is Licari, who in the past six years has developed Washington's pole vaulters into some of the best in the country. Last season, junior Brad Walker earned a Pac-10 title and placed second at the NCAA Championships, establishing a new school record in the event in the process. True freshman Kate Soma also blossomed under Licari's tutelage, improving the team's school record by more than a foot in just her first season at the UW. An All-Pac-10 vaulter at Washington State in 1991, Licari will add jumps and multi-events to his existing vault responsibilities.
Rounding out the staff is MacDonald, a five-time All-American and three-time Pac-10 champion during her career at Arizona State University. An Oregon native, MacDonald was honored as ASU's 2002 Pac-10 Medal Winner, and was the 2001-02 Arizona State Athlete of the Year. MacDonald earned top-five finishes in three different events at the 2001 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, combined, and graduated in 2002 with three school records.
"Dion Miller is a young and energetic coach, and has shown tremendous success working with sprinters at Texas Tech," Metcalf says. "Pat Licari has been an asset to our program for the six years that he has been here. He has the ability to coach any event in our track program. Kelly MacDonald is an outstanding athlete and will play a big role in recruiting. She is an awesome young lady, and is an outstanding role model for our young female athletes."
The three join Bryan A. "Bud" Rasmussen, hired earlier this month to coach the Husky throwers, and former UW All-American David Bazzi, who will work with Washington?fs distance runners, to form a five-coach team of assistants. Metcalf was named head coach on Aug. 14, after spending the previous five years working with the Husky distance corps.