Men's Track and Field Names Steve Silvey Assistant Coach
Sept. 14, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon men's track and field staff rounded out its coaching staff for the upcoming season with the addition of assistant coach Steve Silvey. A veteran at the national and international level for almost 20 years, he has helped coach 25 collegiate national champion squads, and numerous All-Americans and Olympic medalists.
The 44 year-old, Des Moines, Iowa native will oversee the Duck hurdlers and sprinters, relays, and middle distance runners up to 800 meters. The corps is led by a pair of seniors NCAA qualifiers - 110-meter hurdle school record holder Micah Harris (13.73) and 800-meter runner Simon Kimata (1:47.92) - along with seniors Ross Krempley (800, 1:49.76) and Santiago Lorenzo (400-meter hurdles, 51.70), and juniors Samie Parker (100 meters, 10.45) and Terry Ellis (110-meter hurdles, 14.04).
'The addition of Steve Silvey unquestionably raises the level of our program,' head coach Martin Smith said. 'He is a proven, highly successful coach and recruiter who will add momentum to what the team accomplished last spring at the NCAA Championships. He's versatile and highly-skilled technically, and his record reflects a commitment to developing student-athletes to achieve success. He's committed to developing a balanced squad that will maximize its potential at the biggest meets - goals that the Oregon track program has focused on traditionally.'
Silvey built his reputation at two of the nation's top track and field programs - the University of Arkansas and Blinn College - in which he was part of 28 national team championships, including a stretch of 13 straight years, before leaving the Razorbacks after the 2000 outdoor campaign. Individually, his athletes have accumulated 547 All-America awards, 22 have competed at the World Championships and 33 have competed in the last four Olympiads. Among his 11 Olympic medalists, Samuel Matete and Calvin Davis won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles in Atlanta in 1996.
'The University of Oregon is the track and field capital of the U.S. thanks to the great tradition created by Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger,' Silvey said. 'I was also attracted by the chance to work with a dynamic staff in head coach Martin Smith and assistant coach Bill Lawson. The resources are great -- from the athletic director, to the funding, to Hayward Field, which is the best on-campus facility in the nation. We also have a football program ranked No. 7 in the country, so you have a great recruiting tool to obtain dual-sport athletes.'
As the sprints/hurdles mentor for Arkansas from the fall of 1994 through the 2000 outdoor season, he was a part of 10 NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field team titles. His athletes won 15 All-America honors (including two NCAA runner-up finishes) and 13 outdoor SEC individual titles.
Prior to his arrival in Fayetteville, he was a five-time national coach of the year at Blinn College. At the Brenham, Texas institution, Silvey produced 164 All-Americans, 128 individual national champions and 27 relay champions. His cross country program also added a national championship in 1993, while his 1992 indoor and outdoor squads set the record for most points at the national junior college championships indoors (288) and outdoors (263).
At the international level, he served as the Zambian head coach from 1987-94, and oversaw their squad at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, and at the 1993 World Championships. He has also been active with USA Track and Field he has been awarded Level 1 and Level 2 coaching certifications in sprints, hurdles and relays. A frequent clinician at the national level, he has published numerous articles on track and field.
Before his stint at Blinn, Silvey served as a men's and women's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M from 1984-87. He helped position the Aggies' rise to national prominence, as A&M finished among the top six NCAA men's squads twice during his stay (sixth in 1986 and 1987).
This past year he has served as Director of Sales for Track Masters, Inc., a track resurfacing company located in Dallas, Texas.
Silvey (2/20/57) has three children - Ryan (13), Nicole (11) and Jarrett (8).
Silvey replaces former assistant coach Tony Veney, who was named Portland State men's and women's track and field head coach in June.
Steve Silvey File
Arkansas Coaching Honors - Men's Assistant Coach (1994-2000)
Blinn Coaching Honors - Men's Head Coach (1987-94)
Texas A&M Coaching Honors - M&W Assistant Coach (1984-87)