Former Husky Will Conwell is now in his third season as a volunteer assistant on the UW coaching staff. Conwell assists throws coach Reedus Thurmond with the Washington throwers, specifically in the men's shot and discus events.
Since his graduation in 2006, Conwell has continued to train with Thurmond and compete for Club Northwest, and he has steadily become one of the top discus throwers in the nation. At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Conwell placed sixth in the discus with a mark of 202-feet, 7-inches and was just three feet shy of third-place and a spot on the Olympic roster.
The four-time letterwinner ranks among the finest discus throwers in UW history, with a collegiate-best of 200 feet, 1 inch that is Washington's fifth-longest ever.
The Kent, Wash., native closed his career with three-consecutive top-five finishes at the Pac-10 Championships, and an NCAA Championships berth in 2006. As a senior, he became just the 10th Husky men's athlete ever to be named a Pac-10 Conference Athlete of the Week after achieving his collegiate-best toss of 200-1 in San Diego. That mark ranked Conwell seventh in the 2006 collegiate rankings, and was the 12th-best by an American men's thrower last season.
Conwell saw significant improvement in his only year working with throws coach Reedus Thurmond, adding 23 feet to his previous lifetime-best during the 2006 season.
A 2001 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., Conwell originally attended Washington on a football scholarship before switching to track full-time in 2003. Conwell earned a bachelor's degree from Washington in 2006, and is currently pursuing graduate studies.
Conwell is the husband of former Husky Kate Soma, an NCAA Champion in the women's pole vault and five-time All-American.
His uncle, Ernie, was also a football and track competitor at Washington, setting numerous records in both sports before embarking on an 11-year NFL career as a tight end with the St. Louis Rams (1996-02) and New Orleans Saints (2003-06).