Sept. 6, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico coach Scott Steffan announced that he will conduct a series of nightly track and field camps for athletes ages 10-18 that will run Sept. 11 - Dec. 7 at the Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium. The two-hour camps (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) will concentrate on a different skill set each night of the week (Monday through Thursday), helping athletes sharpen their technique and get a leg up on the competition in 2007.
2006 New Mexico Fall Track Camps
Location: Great Friends of UNM Track Stadium (Avenida Cesar Chavez, east of the UNM football stadium)
Dates: Sept. 11 - Dec. 7
Weekly Schedule: Monday (pole vault), Tuesday (speed and hurdles), Wednesday (jumps), Thursday (pole vault)
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Open To: All athletes ages 10-18
Cost: $20 per night
To Register: Contact Scott Steffan (office: 925-5738, cell: 688-9054, home: 836-3653) for registration information.
Under Steffan's watch, New Mexico pole vaulters have earned all-Mountain West Conference honors eight times since 2003 and had at least three athletes qualify for the NCAA Regional meet four years in a row. In 2006, Steffan helped Derek Mackel (Albuquerque) and Robert Caldwell (Socorro) qualify for the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Caldwell earned indoor All-America honors, while Mackel captured the NCAA Midwest Region title in the event.
Since 2002, UNM has boasted eight 16-foot vaulters on the men's side, including three over 17 feet and one over the 18-foot mark. Five women have surpassed the 12-foot mark, including two over 13 feet.
Steffan has also developed one of the top decathlon crews in the MWC, guiding Mark Johnson and Dan Feltman to conference titles and berths in the NCAA Championship meet. The men's multi-event athletes have also earned all-MWC honors six times since 2002.
Steffan was a four-year letterman for the Lobos (1986-90), earning all-Western Athletic Conference honors in the decathlete. He spent six years at Virginia where he helped athletes earn All-America status in the high jump, heptathlon, decathlon, 400-meter hurdles and long jump. Steffan also coached for three years at Wichita State, training All-Americans in the pole vault, triple jump and heptathlon.