Bryan A. "Bud" Rasmussen, long one of the Northwest's most respected throws coaches, has quickly established himself as one of the nation's top professionals in his field.
Washington's javelin throwers have earned two All-America honors in Rasmussen's two seasons, including Megan Spriestersbach's fourth-place finish in 2004. Spriestersbach closed 2004 ranked 10th among U.S. women, matching Husky Heather Reichmann's final U.S. ranking in 2003, and was a finalist at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Rasmussen discus protege Mat Schwinn also earned an Olympic Trials berth in 2004, while freshman spearer Brian Harris qualified for the IAAF World Junior Championships.
Rasmussen's first season at UW saw eight throwers qualify for the 2003 NCAA Regional, including javelin All-American Reichmann, the Huskies' first in the event since 1994.
In all, Husky throwers under Rasmussen have broken three school records, including one-year improvements of nearly 20 feet by UW-record holders Spriestersbach in the javelin, and Kameko Gay in the hammer.
Prior to his arrival at Washington in the fall of 2002, Rasmussen spent seven years as coach at North Idaho College, directing 82 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans, 18 national champions and five NJCAA record holders. He also spent one year as the head coach at Couer D'Alene High School, a post once held by legendary UW coach Clarence "Hec" Edmundson.
Rasmussen is best known nationally as the co-creator of the Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp, among the nation's elite academies for prep throwers. A native of Idaho, he earned a B.A. in communications from Boise State in 1992, an M.Ed. in secondary education from Idaho in 1997, and has completed all coursework for a master's in physical education from Eastern Washington.