Recent grad Reid added to track & field staff

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July 30, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Rounding out his staff for the 2014-15 season, Head Coach Brian Bedard announced Wednesday that Ashley Reid will serve as the team’s director of operations, while assisting newly hired Ryan Baily in the jumping events.

“We are very excited about hiring Ashley Reid to our track and field staff,” commented Bedard. “She brings great enthusiasm and passion to the job along with proven organizational skills to the director of operations portion of her job. She will also be assisting with coaching duties in the jumps and multi-events. While recruiting, or hiring a coach I look at a person's character first and foremost then look at talent level. Ashley has a charismatic personality and showed positive leadership skills as an athlete and will continue to grow as a leader in our program. She is really looking forward to working with our student athletes and staff and we are excited to have Ashley begin her coaching career with the Rams.”

An all-conference honoree in the high jump, Reid was a national qualifier in the high jump and triple jump, earning honorable mention All-America honors in the high jump in 2013. She holds a spot in the CSU record book, with the fourth highest jump in school history at 5 feet, 8.75 inches. Reid was a two-time academic all-Mountain West recipient, as well as a member of the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s all-academic team.

Earlier this year Reid won the prestigious Wilma Rudolph Award for displaying great perseverance to overcome tremendous adversity that threatened to derail both her academic and athletic career. The Las Vegas native was also named Colorado State’s 2014 Fum McGraw Award co-recipient presented to the most outstanding overall student-athlete who embodies academic and athletic excellence, character, leadership, service, concern for others and unwavering Ram pride.


 

 

Reid will take over for former assistant Cathleen Cawley, who recently joined the staff at Idaho with husband Tim Cawley.

“It's almost impossible for me to picture a Rams track & field team without the Cawleys, but at least I was fortunate enough to be coached and mentored by some of the field's absolute best,” said Reid. “That's one of the pieces that appealed most to me when applying for this position. The CSU coaching staff is composed of champion character individuals who all feed and grow off of one another as a team unit. They are passionate about what they do, and don't take their influence on their athlete's futures for granted. On the other side, the athletes are hardworking driven spirits who wish to be molded into their very best. Being a recent, passionate, collegiate athlete graduate, I am determined to show my appreciation for what my alma mater and track and field family have done to help me mature into adulthood. I am blessed to have been in the right place at the right time with a passionate dream to coach/mentor when this opportunity presented itself. I'm looking forward to taking on a new leadership role beside my fellow coaches, and doing the very best I can to set our athletes up for a future even brighter than mine when they graduate out of the very same program I did in years to come. To me that's the Ram way. It's what CSU's bold new era is all about. I am here because I bought into: Dream Big. Work hard. And settle for nothing less than excellence. Can't wait to start giving back to this Rams community I have come to love and support whole heartedly.”

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