Kevin McMahon Named Track & Field's Assistant Men's And Women's Throws Coach

Jan. 8, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Two-time Olympian and U.S. Hammer Throw Champion Kevin McMahon was named Assistant Men's and Women's Throws Coach, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field Edrick Floreal announced Tuesday.

'Kevin's coaching knowledge, along with his Olympic and NCAA Competitive background, makes him a perfect fit for our throws,' said Edrick Floreal, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field.

McMahon is a two-time Olympian, participating in the hammer throw at the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2000 Sydney Games. He was the Pan-American Games silver medalist and a two-time US National Champion in 1997 and 2001. McMahon, a four-time World Championship Team member (1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001), is one of the only athletes ever to medal in 10 consecutive US National Track and Field Championships.

For the past two years, McMahon has coached and taught at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, where he has led his athletes to West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section individual and team championships.

Over the last ten years, McMahon has coached and demonstrated at numerous throwing camps.

In the collegiate ranks, McMahon coached the throwers at his alma mater, Georgetown University, under renowned head coach Frank Gagliano in 1997. Under McMahon's guidance, numerous throwers qualified for NCAA competition, including Sean Flynn, who earned All-America honors in the hammer throw, and Doug Epps, who captured the Big East's indoor and outdoor shot put titles. Their performances helped the Hoya men capture the Big East outdoor title in 1997.

McMahon grew up in San Jose, Calif., and attended Bellarmine College Prep. He started throwing at the age of fifteen under the guidance of American-record holder Ed Burke and world-record holder Mac Wilkins.

At Georgetown, he was coached by Harold Connelly, the last American to win Olympic gold and hold the world record in the hammer throw. McMahon earned bachelor's degrees in English and Fine Arts, respectively, and a master's in Liberal Studies from Georgetown. He lived in the San Diego Olympic training center from 1997-1998.

As a Hoya, McMahon was a six-time NCAA Division I All-American and in 1994 was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year by both Georgetown and the Big East Conference. Currently, McMahon still holds the Georgetown school records in the hammer throw (245-1 - 74.71m) and the 35-lb. weight throw (71-½ - 21.65m). His personal best in the hammer is 260-0 (79.26m).

McMahon and his wife Annalora reside in San Jose, where she is a Campus Minister and Acting teacher at Presentation High School.

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