Sept. 21, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico head track and field coach Joe Franklin announced the addition of one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, Rodney Zuyderwyk, to his staff today. Zuyderwyk (pronounced ZOO-dur-wik) will oversee the combined events, throws, and vertical jumps at New Mexico after spending the previous nine years at Purdue University where he earned 2008 and 2009 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He replaces Mario Wilson who accepted an assistant coaching position at Clemson in August.
"I'm absolutely excited and thrilled to be here at a program that's heading toward national prominence," said Zuyderwyk. "I've known Joe Franklin for a long time and am impressed by what he's building at New Mexico. The combination of the great facilities, wonderful weather and my respect for what coach Franklin has done here made this a very attractive job and I'm excited to help this program keep rising on the national level."
In his last seven years at Purdue, Zuyderwyk's athletes broke 17 school records, nine Big Ten records, three American Collegiate records and three USA open National records. They also won 50 Big Ten medals, including 19 Big Ten event titles, seven NCAA Mideast Regional event titles, two NCAA Championship gold medals and three USA open event titles.
"To have a coach of Rodney's caliber join our outstanding staff shows that UNM is a destination program for both athletes and coaches," said Franklin. "He brings instant credibility with his longtime success training athletes in the javelin, pole vault and multi events and we're very excited to have him."
The following is a look at Zuyderwyk's accomplishments at Purdue where he coached javelin, pole vault, combined events and hurdles:
Javelin - During his time at Purdue, Zuyderwyk established one of the finest javelin programs in the country. Purdue was the only university to boast three women's throwers over the 180-foot barrier and the only two American collegiate throwers to ever break the 60-meter barrier. His athletes won two NCAA titles, five NCAA Mideast Regional titles, and in 2009 Kara Patterson won her second straight U.S. Championship and qualified for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany with a career-best throw of 63.95 meters (209-10) - just 24 centimeters shy of the American record.
Patterson became Purdue's first female track and field Olympian in 2008, winning the U.S. Olympic Trials, breaking the Olympic trials record. Patterson eclipsed the "A" standard for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and set an American Collegiate record with her throw of 61.56 meters (202-00) at the 2008 Big Ten Championships. She was just the second American woman to eclipse the 200-foot barrier. A two-time All-American, Patterson won a trio of conference championships, four NCAA Mideast Regional titles, a silver medal at the 2009 NCAA Championships and a silver medal at the 2005 Pan American Junior Championships.
In 2002, Serene Ross won both Big Ten and NCAA Championship titles, and broke the American record. Two weeks later, Ross improved her American record to 197-00 and became the USA open national champion, gaining selection to the U.S. team and becoming the first woman to throw over 60 meters in the U.S.
In 2007, Lindsey Blaine swept Big Ten, NCAA Mideast Regional and NCAA Championship titles, ending her collegiate season with a personal best of 182-09 at the NCAA meet. Blaine was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist.
Pole Vault - Over the past seven years, the Boilermaker vaulters earned 22 Big Ten medals, including eight conference titles, under Zuyderwyk's tutelage. Purdue had six vaulters qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in 2009 after sending seven to regionals in 2008.
Brianna Neumann broke the outdoor school record in 2008 with a clearance of 4.16 meters (13-07.75) to take second place at the 2008 NCAA Mideast Championships. Two-time Big Ten champion Eric Sparks won the 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional title en route to his third straight national meet appearance. He took second at the 2008 regional meet, clearing a career-best 5.41 meters (17-09.00).
Two-time All-American Mallory Peck recorded a top indoor mark of 4.20 meters (13-09.25), while her best outdoor clearance of 4.15 meters (13-07.25) set the Big Ten Outdoor Championship record in 2008.
In 2002, Zuyderwyk helped Ebbie Metzinger sweep the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor titles, setting conference records in both meets, including a school record of 13-11.25.
Combined Events/Other - Zuyderwyk coached a pair of All-American hurdlers in Josh Hembrough and Rickey Pinkney. Hembrough was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, while Pinkney was seventh in the event at the 2006 NCAA Indoors.
Zuyderwyk also helped Angela Anoliefoh finish second in the Big Ten hepthatlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 5,269 points and Andrew Rademacher capture the bronze in the heptathlon at the 2007 Big Ten meet with a score of 5,158.
Prior to Purdue, Zuyderwyk represented Australia in the 110-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He finished sixth at the World Cup in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth at the World Student Games in decathlon.
In college, Zuyderwyk competed for Washington State University, helping the Cougars to a Pac-10 Championship, two National Dual Meet Championships and a runner-up finish at the 1991 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Zuyderwyk earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sports administration from Washington State in 1993. He received a postgraduate diploma in sports psychology from the University of Queensland in 1995, and earned an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland in 2000.
Zuyderwyk (38) and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Brock (6) and Tristan (4).
The Rodney Zuyderwyk FileAlma Mater: Washington State, 1993
Collegiate Athletic Experience: Washington State (decathlon - 1990-93)
Kara Patterson (Purdue)...2009 javelin (2nd), 2008 javelin (5th)
Josh Hembrough (Purdue)...2009 60m hurdles (8th)
Mallory Peck (Purdue)...2008 pole vault (6th), 2007 pole vault (T-7th)
Lindsey Blaine (Purdue)...2007 javelin (1st)
Rickey Pinkney (Purdue)...2006 60m hurdles (7th)
Serene Ross (Purdue)...2002 javelin (1st), 2001 javelin (6th), 2000 javelin (13th), 1999 javelin (7th)
2001-09: Assistant Coach (javelin, pole vault, multis), Purdue
-USTFCCCA Mideast Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2008-09)
1997-2000: Head Coach (track, cross country), Glennie Athletic Club and Glennie HS (Australia)
1994-97: Assistant Coach (track), Anglican Church HS (Australia)