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Del Hessel
 Del Hessel
Position:
Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach

Coach Hessel may best be known for his outstanding success in the middle distance and distance events but during his career his teams have produced over 65 NCAA All-Americans in a wide variety of events.

"It has always been my philosophy that the head coach should be knowledgeable of all events and capable of coaching all the events," said Hessel.

During his tenure coach Hessel has been directly involved with coaching eight seven-foot high jumpers including Chuck Durrant who cleared 7-4, six shot putters over 60-feet with Jesse Stuart leading the way at 68-10, four long jumpers over 25-feet with Gordon Laine heading the list with a jump of 26-2.5 at the NCAA Championships. Dwayne Rudd went 54-10 in the triple jump and Simon Arkell cleared 18-0 in the pole vault.

During 2005, there was a combined 20 school records broken during the indoor and outdoor seasons, including four relay records by the women's teams.

"Good athletes make good coaches. I have learned a great deal from working with such fine athletes. Good athletes challenge coaches to be masters of each event," Hessel added.

The Colorado State program shows a strong balanced attack on both the men's and women's team. The program features one of the strongest throws programs in the country.

The Rams have had at least one thrower in the NCAA Championship in the past eight years. In 2005, Loree Smith was the NCAA Champion in the outdoor hammer throw and was the national runner-up during the indoor season in the weight throw. She ended her career as a five-time All-American for the Rams. Casey Malone -- a former NCAA Champion in the discus -- leads the way for the men's team, while six-time All-American Shelly Borrman and two-time All-American Adam Trainor also made national names for themselves. In the middle distance events, Colorado State has produced six 1500-meter runners at 3:42 or faster (equivalent to a sub-four minute mile) for six of the past eight seasons. Bryan Berryhill -- a two-time NCAA Champion -- holds the school record in the mile at 3:55.01. However, the best middle distance record on the board might be Wendy Koenig-Knudson's 800-meter record at 1:59.91. Mike Nicks earned Academic All-American status in his senior year after breaking the school's steeplechase record at 8:42.98 and earning a bid to the NCAA Championships.

The sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers consistently score very well in the conference. John Woods became the first All-American sprinter for the Rams in over 40 years, placing sixth during the 2004 indoor championship and eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Colorado State had 34 different athletes named to either the indoor or outdoor all-conference team, as well as Nicks being named to the cross country All-American team.

"We have consistently had a variety of athletes competing at the NCAA Championships," said Hessel.

Coach Hessel has served as the head coach for the Olympic Sports Festival, been a member of the World Cup staff and the USA vs. Great Britain staff, taken middle distance teams to Europe for 12 years, and written three books.

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