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Henson Will Continue to Lead UO Multis

Sep 7, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon cross country and track and field head coach Jerry Schumacher has added to his coaching staff with Seth Henson who will continue to oversee the Ducks' combined events and vertical jumps groups. Henson, entering his sixth season at Oregon, will also coach horizontal jumps.
"I am very excited to have Coach Henson back in Eugene working with our student-athletes," Schumacher said. "He has done a phenomenal job with the multis and jumps groups over the past several years, and has already been instrumental in assisting with our transition as a new staff. I'm confident he will continue to be an outstanding leader within our program and look forward to continuing our work together."
Schumacher also announced the additions to the UO support staff with Josh Seitz as Assistant Athletic Director for Track and Field Operations, and Nate Mallue as the program's Director of Operations.
At the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, the UO men racked up 21 points in the decathlon led by champion Max Vollmer and runner-up Jett Kinder. Vollmer became a three-time Pac-12 champion under Henson and was a member of the All-America First Team four times including a pair of top-five NCAA finishes.
Vollmer established a lifetime best of 8,022 points in winning the 2022 Bryan Clay Invitational in April and finished his UO career as the No. 6 performer in program history. The Ulm, Germany, native also holds the No. 2 indoor spot for the UO men in the heptathlon.
Kinder and Nathan Poff—sixth at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships—both recorded bests of 7,327 and 7,318 points, respectively, at the Bryan Clay meet.
Henson has also guided the development of Eugene native Taylor Chocek who ranks fourth in Oregon history after a standout 2022 season that saw her finish fourth at the Pac-12 Championships behind a lifetime-best score of 5,523 points.
In the women's combined events, three Henson-coached athletes have tallied top-10 UO scores in the pentathlon: Mathilde Rey (No. 2—4,182 points), Chocek (No. 7—3,701), Keira McCarrell (No. 9—3,685).
During the 2021 season, high jumper Ben Milligan registered a lifetime-best 2.25m/7-4.5 clearance. He was twice a runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships, and in Henson's first season, qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field.
Fellow high jumper Tori Sloan enjoyed a career year in 2022, clearing 1.81m/5-11.25 to move to No. 7 on the program's top-10 list. She went on to finish third at the Pac-12 Championships and qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary for the first time in her career.
Henson came to Eugene ahead of the 2017-18 season after three years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas where he worked with the sprints, hurdles, jumps and combined-events groups. Henson also served as the Longhorns' recruiting coordinator in 2017. He began his college coaching career at Portland State where he worked eight years as an assistant coach for his alma mater.
Seitz spent the past six-plus seasons as an assistant coach at Portland State where he led the Vikings' distance program. Last fall, he guided the men's and women's cross country teams to their highest Big Sky Conference finishes in program history. Seitz began his coaching career at Morehead State as an assistant in 2012-13, and followed with four years on the coaching staff at Florida State.
Seitz was a cross country and track and field student-athlete at Southern Oregon, and graduated with his degree in business administration with a marketing emphasis. As a grad transfer at Morehead State, he earned a Master of Art in teaching in 2013. Seitz was also spent 10 months in 2016 as a Fulbright English teaching assistant at Bungoma Muslim Secondary School in Kenya.
"Josh has a unique background that includes both collegiate coaching and administrative experience," Schumacher said of Seitz. "I've come to know him as a skilled organizer with a contagious enthusiasm and love for the sport of track and field. His roots as an Oregonian run deep, and I'm very excited to welcome him to our staff at the U of O."
Mallue joins the Oregon staff from the Nike Bowerman Track Club where he was the product line and club operations manager. He also served as marketing co-manager for the Ohio Center for Running Performance in Athens, Ohio, and was a summer intern for the Eugene Marathon. Mallue earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 2020 where he was a member of the cross country and track and field teams.
"Nate has been an integral part of the Nike Bowerman Track Club brand and marketing team for the last two years," Schumacher said of Mallue. "He is exceptionally hard-working, diligent and committed to doing his best work for the team. I'm excited to have him at Oregon and expect he will be a valuable member of our staff."
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