Austin Brobst is entering his third year as New Mexico's Horizontal Jumps Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, returning to his alma mater after coaching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
In 2013, Brobst coached the Lobos' horiztonal jumpers to a stellar year, highlighted by top-notch performances both indoors and outdoors. Kendall Spencer, the 2012 NCAA Indoor Long Jump Champion, excelled once again at the conference level, sweeping the Mountain West long jump titles. Floyd Ross, the 2012 NCAA Outdoot Triple Jump runner up, was't to be outdone by his teammate, as he swept his event at the conference meets. It was just the second time in the history of the Mountain West that two teammates swept the indoor and outdoor titles in the long jump and triple jump (2000, Wyoming's Mervin Swaby and Quincy Howe).
On top of that, Ross earned All-American status in the triple jump at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships, giving him four All-American nods at four straight NCAA Championships. Ross is just one of two Lobos (along with two-time NCAA mile titlist Lee Emanuel) to earn All-American status at back-to-back-to-back-to-back NCAA track championships in two years.
Brobst also directed the women's jumpers to solid campaigns indoors and outdoors, as second-year athlete Yeshemabet Turner and freshman Casey Dowling both impressed. At the Mountain West Indoor Championships, Turner scored in the long jump and Dowling captured an All-MW plaudit in the triple jump and a scoring effort in the long jump. Outdoors, the duo continued to shine, with Turner earning all-conference honors in both jumps and Dowling scoring with a personal-record performance in the triple jump.
In his first year back at New Mexico in 2012, Brobst saw immediate success in the horizontal jumps. Brobst coached Spencer to an indoor Mountain West Championship meet record and UNM school record in the long jump (25-7 1/2). Spencer then went on to become the NCAA Indoor Champion in the Long Jump (26-3 1/2). During the indoor season Brobst coached triple jumper Floyd Ross to a Mountain West indoor title, as he later earned All-American status at the indoor NCAA Championships (51-10 1/2).
During the outdoor season the horizontal jumpers continued their success where Spencer lept 26-8 3/4, coming within an inch of the 47-year old UNM school record (26-9 3/4) which has stood since 1965. At one time Spencer ranked as high as third in the world rankings, while also leading the NCAA for over a month. Ross picked up where he left off at the end of the indoor season, earning a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, leaping 54-6. Both Spencer and Ross went on to compete at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials.
Prior to his return to New Mexico, Brobst was at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he was in charge of working with the field events and assisting with the sprinters. During his time at the Academy of Art he saw a great deal of success, coaching Remiguis Rosckosh to over 25 feet in the Long Jump, placing him top-5 in the Division II rankings. He also coached Vashti Thomas to over 20 in the Long Jump.
Prior to the Academy of Art, Brobst served as a graduate assistant at the University of New Mexico for 2 years. As a graduate assistant Brobst was responsible for coaching the horizontal jumpers and assisting with the sprints and hurdles. In 2010 Brobst was the meet director and coordinator for the high school meets hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Under his direction the meets brought in high school athletes from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California, and other southwestern high schools.
Brobst was part of the staff that led the Lobos' men's team to an eighth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and 16th in 2009. He coached UNM's first female indoor All-American Deanna Young in 2009, and in 2008 coached Alesha Walker to an Olympic Trials birth in the Long Jump. While at UNM, Brobst worked with 3 All-Americans, 6 Top 10 All-Time UNM Marks, 7 Regional Qualifying Marks, 2 School Record Holders, 18 MWC Finalists, 5 USATF Sr and Jr National Qualifiers
Brobst graduated from UNM with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Sports Administration.