Two-time U.S. Olympian and 1978 UW alum Duncan Atwood enters his fourth year as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington, working specifically with the Huskies' talented javelin corps.
In 2003, the first-year coach guided Heather Reichmann to All-America honors and a No. 10 national USATF women's ranking, and in 2004 mentored senior Megan Spriestersbach to fourth-place at the NCAA Championships and a berth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. Since Atwood's hiring, the UW women's javelin record has fallen four times, and has increased by more than 15 feet.
The U.S. national javelin champion in 1979, 1980 and 1987, Atwood set a UW javelin record of 280 feet, 8 inches, and placed third at the 1978 NCAA Championships to earn one of UW's 37 All-America awards in the javelin all-time.
After earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 1978, Atwood began a 10-year international professional career, winning three U.S. javelin titles and earning a high world ranking of third, in 1985.
Atwood returned to Washington to earn his MBA in marketing in 1986 before embarking on a career in coaching. In addition to his work at Washington, Atwood is employed as a biomechanics consultant by USA Track and Field, where he works regularly with 2004 Olympian Rob Minnitti and other top U.S. throwers.
Atwood also coaches the javelin at the prestigious Ironwood Throws Camp and is the inventor of a patented multifunction stretching device for home and commercial gyms.