Ihmels Adds to Coaching Staff
Aug. 29, 2016

The Boise State track and field and cross country program announced several new additions to their coaching staff on Monday with the introduction of assistant coach Pat McCurry and volunteer assistant coaches Justin Graff and Andrew Green.

McCurry will coach the middle distances and oversee the throwers and vertical jumpers for track and field, along with assisting the cross country team. Graff and Mark Badowsky – a returning volunteer assistant coach – will coach the throwers under the direction of McCurry. Green will work alongside assistant coach Gavin O’Neal with the sprinters and horizontal jumpers.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the coaches that we are bringing in for this upcoming season,” head coach Corey Ihmels said. “The variety of experience and expertise with this group will help our program continue to climb the ladder both in the Mountain West and NCAA.”

Pat McCurry
McCurry comes to Boise State after a 13-year stint as the head coach of the College of Idaho men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs. While at the College of Idaho, McCurry guided the women’s track and field team to four-consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships from 2013-16.

He led 153 C of I track and field athletes to All-CCC honors and 69 to individual championships. In addition, four cross country athletes earned individual conference titles under his guidance.

Most notably, he helped Hillary Holt to nine individual NAIA national championships between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Other Yotes to win national titles include Sora Klopfenstein (3,000m steeplechase), Sarah Johnson (5,000 meters) and Tiana Thomas (400-meter hurdles).

On the national stage, McCurry led the men’s cross country team to 10 NAIA Championship appearances including a seventh-place finish in 2015. The women’s cross country team enjoyed similar success, having qualified for eighth-straight NAIA Championships (2008-15) and two runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013.

McCurry also guided the men’s and women’s track and field teams to countless NAIA Championship appearances. The women’s team finished third in indoor track and field and sixth in outdoor track and field during the 2014 season. The men’s best year came in 2013 when they finished 13th nationally in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Prior to coaching at C of I, McCurry was an assistant coach at Eastern Oregon. He helped his alma mater to a national runner-up finish at the 2002 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championships.

McCurry has also coached several post-collegiate athletes over the last few years. He helped Megan Rolland to seventh place in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials and Alycia Butterworth to fifth place in the same event at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials.

Justin Graff
Graff will bolster the throws’ coaching staff with a background that includes experience as a student-athlete at the University of Montana from 2009-11. A javelin thrower, Graff was a NCAA Regional qualifier in 2010 along with taking fourth place at the Big Sky Conference Championships.

Prior to competing at Montana, Graff attended Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., and placed fifth in the 4A state meet in the javelin as a senior.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Eastern Washington University in 2014.

Andrew Green
Green comes to the Treasure Valley from Minot State University in Minot, N.D., where he served as an assistant coach for sprints, jumps and hurdles in the 2016 season. Prior to his stint at Minot State, Green served as the head track and field and cross country coach at Sammanish High School in Bellevue, Wash., from 2012-15.

During his tenure, Sammamish qualified 18 athletes for the Washington State Track and Field Championships with four of those athletes earning all-state honors. Additionally, in 2014, Sammamish qualified a boys cross country team for the state championships for the first time in more than 20 seasons.

Green was also a standout student-athlete at the University of Redlands from 2008-11. During his four-year career, he earned 20 All-SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic conference) honors, eight NCAA national qualifying marks, and two All-American honors (400m dash and 4x100m relay).

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