COLUMBUS, Ohio – The USATF national team coaching and support staffs were announced Thursday for five international competitions in 2019, including the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama and the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. In addition, USATF is sending full teams and staff to the 2019 Europe vs. USA Match, NACAC U23 and Pan American U20 Championships. More than 110 staff members will serve Team USATF athletes on these five teams.
Throws Coach Ashley Kovacs has been selected to prepare the men’s throws team for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019. In her fifth year with the Ohio State program, Kovacs coached athlete Sade Olatoye to win the Big Ten Championship in shot put and weight throw, where she was also ranked No. 1 in the country for both events leading into her NCAA Indoor Championship in weight throw. Her athletes scored 22 points to help the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship. Due to her success with throwers, Kovacs was named Assistant Coach of the Year for the second time of coaching career.
A four-time All-American at Kentucky from 2006-2010, Kovacs was an 11-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, an SEC Most Valuable Player and Commissioner’s Cup winner, and a runner-up in the shot put at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Kovacs participated in the U.S Olympic trials in 2008 and 2012 and holds Kentucky’s school records in the shot put and discus. She competed unattached in three meets during the 2012-13 season, winning the shot put on two occasions and placing fourth at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships.
A native Ohioan, Kovacs is a graduate of North Canton Hoover High School (2001-2005), where she was a three-time state champion and former Ohio state-record holder in shot put. Kovacs earned her bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and added a master’s in human development and leadership from Murray State University in 2012. The hardworking coach and former athlete also received a second masters in sports coaching last spring at Ohio State.