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Sean Denard Named New Throws Coach for Track & Field Program

Sep 24, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Sean Denard has been named to the position of Assistant Coach – Throws, the UCLA Track & Field program announced Friday. He has already begun his tenure on the UCLA coaching staff.
"I'm very excited to add Sean to the Bruin family," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Avery Anderson. "He is a very talented coach whose ability to develop throwers makes the future bright."
Denard most recently served as an Assistant Coach for CSUN Track & Field (2019-21) and has a strong history of elite coaching accomplishments. He has coached six student-athletes to NCAA titles and has 51 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships to his coaching credit. Denard has also recruited athletes who have garnered 20 All-American accolades, as well as 33 conference and four NCAA individual or team titles. Additionally, 16 of Denard's former athletes or volunteer assistants have gone on to coach at the collegiate level.
"I would like to thank Director Avery Anderson, our staff, and Gavin Crew for showing their confidence in my abilities to connect with our student athletes, providing them a world class education and experience that will continue the longstanding tradition of excellence within the UCLA Throws and Track & Field programs," said Denard.
Denard has coached many notable athletes over his coaching career, including Sean Donnelly (Four-time NCAA Division III Champion, Olympic Trials qualifier), Bobbie Goodwin (NCAA Division II Champion), Justin Rodhe (Olympian, Commonwealth Games finalist), and Darien Thornton (NCAA Division II Champion, Olympic Trials qualifier).
"As Coach, Mentor, and Leader of this program and for these student athletes, I want to emphasize the importance of finding balance in life through studying, living, and training at the #1 public university in the world, in the greatest city in the world, and at the most successful athletic department in college sports," said Denard. "Through balance we will discover new levels of excellence and elite performances."
Denard also had coaching stops at Grand Valley State University (2014-19) and North Central College (2012-14). He graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2012, where he earned NCAA Division III All-America acclaim as a thrower.