Sept. 6, 2002
SEATTLE - The University of Washington announced the hiring Friday of Bryan A. "Bud" Rasmussen as an assistant coach for track and field. Rasmussen will work primarily with the Husky throwers. He is the first assistant hired by Greg Metcalf, who was named head coach of Washington's track and field and cross-country squads on Aug. 14.
Rasmussen comes to Washington from North Idaho College, where in seven years he coached 82 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans, 18 individual national champions and five NJCAA record holders. He also served one season, in 1995, as the head track and field coach at Coeur D'Alene High School, a post once held by legendary Husky coach Clarence S. "Hec" Edmundson. Washington is the first NCAA Division-I coaching job for Rasmussen.
"I have a tremendous respect for [longtime UW throws coach] Ken Shannon and the legacy and tradition of outstanding throwers he helped build at Washington," Rasmussen said. "All the elements are here for this program to be successful. Taking this job was not a difficult decision to make."
A native of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Rasmussen earned a B.A. in communications from Boise State University in 1992, and an M.Ed. in secondary education from Idaho in 1997. He has since completed all coursework for a master's in physical education from Eastern Washington, and plans to pursue a Ph.D in education from Idaho.
Rasmussen is best known throughout the nation as co-creator of the Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, considered among the nation's elite academies for young throwers. Started in 1989 with just 19 throwers, the camp now brings together over 130 of the nation's top athletes, as well as instructors boasting American records, world records, and Olympic medals.