Yogi Teevens Named Assistant Track and Field Coach at Utah State

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s head track and field coach Gregg Gensel has announced that Yogi Teevens has been hired an assistant for the Aggies. Teevens replaces Corey Murdock who recently accepted a position at BYU. “When we started the search for a coach, we wanted somebody that had the experience and the coaching ability that would help the program move forward,” said Gensel. “I think that we have hired someone that is far beyond that in Coach Teevens. She is well respected by my staff, even before she came here, in her ability to coach and how she handles her athletes.” Teevens spent a total of 13 years at the University of Idaho, nine of which were served as co-head coach for the Vandals. In her time with Idaho, she coached athletes to break 37 school records, including some records being broken multiple times. “Utah State has always been a solid program with strong leadership in Coach Gensel,” said Teevens. “I was honored to join this staff of great people who share the same coaching philosophy and goals as myself.” Teevens also helped the Vandals climb to the top of the Big West Conference as they took the title for track and field in 2001, finishing the season ranked 14th in the nation. During her time at Idaho, Teevens led the Vandal women to 42 individual conference champions, 43 NCAA West Region qualifiers, 22 NCAA qualifiers, nine All-Americans, one NCAA champion and one Olympian. A number of firsts came after Teevens arrived at Idaho including the Vandal women’s first NCAA top 25 finish, Idaho’s first female NCAA qualifier in Jill Wimer in 1997 and the first female NCAA Champion in Katja Schreiber in 2000. Teevens started her coaching career in 1990 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Tulane, where she coached for five years. She led the Green Wave to its first conference championship in 1995. Teevens continued her career at the University of Idaho in the 1996-97 season after serving one year as the head coach for Wisconsin-Stout. While coaching for the Vandals, Teevens was named Big West Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. She also led the Vandal men to the 2000 and 2001 Track and Field Championships and the women to the 2001 and 2003 titles. Teevens also helped the UI women earn the 2002 Big West Cross Country Championship. Teevens had a standout career as an athlete as well, at both Henderson Junior College in Athens, Texas and Tulane. She was recruited to Tulane to play basketball, but also competed in volleyball and eventually turned her focus to track and field. Teevens became Tulane’s Female Athlete of the Year three times and was named to the all-Louisiana Division I Track and Field Team twice. Teevens competed in the long and triple jumps as well as the heptathlon. She still holds records at Tulane today. She is involved with the USA Track and Field’s youth and elite programs and helped coordinate the officials for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. She is married to Sam Teevens, and the couple has one son, Cody, and one daughter, Peyton. Teevens will coach the Aggies’ sprinters, long and triple jumpers, as well as the relays. Joel Johnson will coach high jump and pole vault along with the multi-events while Steve Reeder will coach the USU distance runners. Volunteer assistant and formeer Aggie standout Nick Karren will help with the hurdles. The Aggie track and field team opens the indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 with the Idaho State Invitational at Pocatello, Idaho. -USU-

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