Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Doug Reynolds as the head coach of the women’s track and field and cross country programs on Wednesday. Reynolds joins the Aggies after spending six seasons at the University of Alabama as an assistant coach.
“I would like to thank my good friend and Team USA track and field head coach Connie Price-Smith for the assistance she gave me during this process,” said Moccia. “Recruiting a coach of Doug’s caliber to lead New Mexico State is extremely exciting. Coach Reynolds is well respected in the coaching profession and his men’s and women’s teams have consistently performed at the highest level of competition throughout his career.”
In his career, Reynolds has coached four NCAA champions, a collegiate record holder, 46 All-America honorees, 25 conference champions and 79 all-conference performers. His throws teams posted multiple national top-20 marks under his direction. In 2017 alone, Reynolds coached four Crimson Tide athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, with each athlete earning Second Team All-America honors.
“Doug is recognized as one of the top throws coaches in the nation and has received two different national coaching awards with Alabama and Kentucky,” said Moccia. “Coach Reynolds has a tremendous passion for track and field and will work tirelessly to revitalize our program.”
Reynolds' athletes began leaving their mark in the Tide’s record books in 2013. Freshman Elias Hakansson smashed the school records in both the weight throw and the hammer throw multiple times over the course of the indoor and outdoor seasons. Hakansson received Southeastern Conference All-Freshman honors for the indoor and outdoor seasons when he finished third in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Meet and third in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Hakansson closed out the season by earning First-Team All-America honors when he finished in eighth place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Reynolds earned the South Region Assistant Coach of the Year award from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2014 after impressive performances by his squad that year. At the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships, the Tide took home the gold and silver medals in the weight throw. The season was capped off with Hayden Reed winning the discus title at the NCAA Outdoor Championship and USA Track & Field meets.
At the 2016 SEC Outdoor Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Reynolds’ men's discus team swept the medals for the first time in program history. It was also the Tide’s first gold medal in the event since 1987. Eight Alabama throwers placed on the men's national top-20 rankings in either the discus, hammer throw, javelin or shot put during the 2016 season.
Reynolds joined Alabama’s staff as a throws coach after spending six seasons at Kentucky, where his student-athletes won nine SEC championships while also setting seven program records. In his first season with the Wildcats, Reynolds was named the 2006 NCAA Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year.
On his women's team, Mary Angell was the 2011 SEC runner-up in the discus and competed at the USA Track & Field Championships. Under Reynolds guidance, Ashley Muffet earned four All-America honors, two SEC Commissioners Cups, two SEC championships and a 2009 SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year award.
In 2008, Reynolds coached Rashaud Scott to an NCAA title in the discus. Scott was one of two Wildcats that helped UK earn its best point total in the event in school history. In addition to his discus title, Scott added an eighth-place finish in shot put, helping Kentucky to a ninth-place finish as a team.
Reynolds also helped UK’s Colin Boevers to his second SEC discus title, and the program’s fourth-straight title in the event in 2011. That same year, Reynolds helped Boevers to a fourth-place finish in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Before he joined the Wildcat staff, Reynolds worked at the University of Arizona, Boise State University and the University of Kansas. Two of his star pupils - Jarred Rome (Boise State) and Scott Russell (Kansas) - competed in the summer Olympic games and took part in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. A six-time All-American at Boise State, Rome was a two-time United States outdoor champion in the discus. He also represented Team USA at the 2004 Olympics, where he finished in 13th place. Russell was a six-time All-American, who claimed five Big 12 titles in three different events. In 2002, Reynolds coached Russell to an NCAA title in the javelin throw. Russell went on to represent Canada at the 2008 Olympics, where he placed 10th in the javelin.
A graduate of Arizona, Reynolds earned national recognition as a Pac-10 champion in the discus, which also earned him a No. 1 NCAA ranking in the event. In 1996, he was the National Junior College Athletic Association shot put and discus champion and competed in both the 1997 and 1999 World University Games, where he took home a bronze medal in the discus. He competed at the 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games for the United States, where he was a finalist in the discus both years. During his career, Reynolds’ highest ranking was third in the country and 10th in the world in the discus throw.
Four-time All-American – University of Kentucky
Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator - Ohio State University
“I would not have been the athlete I was and I would not be the coach I am today without Doug Reynolds. Several of [his student-athletes] are now coaches and he set the bar high as to what it means to be a great coach. I know he will be a great head coach since he has always been a great mentor to me.”
Director of Athletics - University of Alabama
“Doug has done a wonderful job coaching our throwers at the University of Alabama. He has been a key leader for us as our program continues to develop and shoot for national championships. “
Head track and Field Coach – Team USA
“Doug has been around track and field for a long time, whether it be as an athlete or as an assistant coach. I’m sure he will be an exceptional head coach at New Mexico State.”