Sept. 13, 2004
Columbus, Ohio – Russ Rogers, Ohio State track and field head coach, announced Monday that Tom Doyle, a former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, will rejoin the OSU coaching staff as jumps coach. Doyle spent the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) after a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95).
Rogers is thrilled to welcome back Doyle after the two combined for great success in the late 1980s and early 1990s, highlighted by Ohio State’s men’s NCAA runner-up finish in the 1993 NCAA Championship meet.
“Tom was young when he was here the first time, but had great ideas,” Rogers, who will coach the Buckeyes for his 18th season in 2005, said. “He went on to work at Arizona State and Illinois and produced several PAC-10 and Big Ten champions in his events. I’m happy to see him come back and I look forward to working with him again.”
In his first coaching tenure at Ohio State, Doyle helped the OSU men to Big Ten titles in the 1992 outdoor season and the 1993 indoor and outdoor sessions. During the that period, his student-athletes set all-time Buckeye records in the men’s indoor long jump, indoor and outdoor triple jump, high jump and pole vault, while also posting 17 marks that still stand in the Ohio State all-time jump performance lists.
After such a successful period at Ohio State, Doyle is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue his coaching career in Columbus.
“Ohio State was the best athletic experience of my life,” Doyle said. “I left Ohio State about a decade ago seeking new challenges and it did not take long to miss it. Ohio State is the greatest university experience in the country and the best athletic program in the nation. Its people are committed to excellence in every imaginable way. Ohio State offers the absolute best and most complete blend of academics, athletics, integrity, tradition and coaching in the country.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to comeback. I cannot even put it into words. It was a goal of mine to return to Columbus someday and I plan to do everything I can to stay a Buckeye for the rest of my life.” Among several notable former student-athletes, Doyle helped guide two-time Olympian Joe Greene (1987-90) to the indoor and outdoor triple jump records and eight total Big Ten championships in the two events. Doyle helped Greene, the 1989 NCAA champion in the long jump and runner-up in the triple, to bronze medals in the both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He also mentored Chris Sanders (1992-94) to an OSU record in the indoor long jump, which broke the previous Ohio State standard set by the legendary Jesse Owens in 1935. Sanders also went on to win Big Ten crowns in both the indoor and outdoor long jump as well taking runner-up in the NCAA long jump in 1992. Todd Trimble (1990-93) also posted high marks in the long jump, gaining All-America honors in 1992.
Several vertical jumpers also excelled under Doyle’s direction, including Paul Huzyak (1990-92), a pole vaulter who set Ohio State indoor and outdoor records in Doyle’s tenure as well. In the high jump, Otis Winston (1993-96) took third at the NCAA meet in 1993 and still holds the OSU all-time record in the outdoor high jump.
On the women’s side, Doyle helped Joyce Finely (1990-93) to a Big Ten title in the pentathlon in 1991 and Kim Tyler (1989-91) to a conference championship in the triple jump, also in 1991.
In his 19 combined seasons at Ohio State and Illinois, Doyle has helped 19 jumpers claim individual Big Ten championships in each jump event. Also, more than 80 student-athletes have posted Top 3 finishes at Big Ten meets under Doyle. Including his two seasons at Arizona State, Doyle has witnessed 19 All-American performances by his jumpers.
Doyle takes over for departed OSU jumps coach Jack Warner, who accepted the head coaching position at Purdue after 11 seasons with the Scarlet and Gray.
“Jack Warner did a great job in his time here,” Doyle said. “I am pleased to follow in his footsteps and live up to the standards he set during his time at Ohio State. My years at Illinois were memorable. Coaching with legendary Gary Wieneke was an honor. I learned so much from him and I plan to bring all of it to Ohio State.”
Ohio State opens the indoor season Jan. 8 with the Buckeye Invitational in French Field House.