Former BYU volunteer coached three First-Team All-Americans and 12 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers
The Eastern Washington University Track and Field team has hired Erik Rasmussen as the new jumps and multi-events coach.
Rasmussen was a volunteer assistant pole vault coach at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, from September 2008 through August 2012. He has a Level I USATF Coaching Certification and a Level II Certification in jumps.
“I’m really looking forward to working with all the jumpers,” Rasmussen said. “Eastern is a great fit for me. Not only do they have great athletes, they have good values and emphasize preparing athletes for life after athletics, and that fits in well with my philosophy.”
During his time with the Cougars, he coached three First-Team All-Americans and 12 NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers. He helped seven individual athletes reach a total of 15 appearances at the NCAA National Championship meet. During the 2011 indoor season, Rasmussen coached four athletes who qualified for the NCAA National Championships.
“We are thrilled to have an individual with his caliber of character,” head coach Stan Kerr said. “I’m anxious to see the artistry he puts forward with our jumpers.”
From 1998 to 2003, Rasmussen competed in the pole vault and decathlon for BYU and was selected as a member of the All-Mountain West Conference team in 2003. He had personal-bests of 17-4 1/2 in the pole vault, 6,319 points in the decathlon and 5,244 in the indoor heptathlon.
Rasmussen will head a talented jumps/multi-events squad, whose returners have combined to produce nine All-Big Sky honors and 21 Eastern top ten all-time marks.
“I’m definitely excited about the athletes we have here,” Rasmussen said. “There’s a lot of potential and talent among the group. I look forward to seeing phenomenal performances this year and years to come.”
The Modesto, Calif., native graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is in the process of attaining his master’s degree in exercise science. His wife Nicole, who also competed for the track team at BYU as a hurdler, will join him in Cheney along with their 3 1/2 month old daughter, Tate.