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Wyatt Rhoads Named Track & Field Assistant Coach

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico track & field head coach Joe Franklin has announced the addition of Wyatt Rhoads as an assistant coach, specializing in pole vault and combined events and assisting with recruiting for the Lobos.

A native of Ames, Iowa, Rhoads joins New Mexico after spending fall of 2021 as a volunteer assistant at Texas Tech. While with the Raiders, he assisted in coaching duties with combined events, pole vault, vertical and horizontal jumps. He worked with multiple All-Americans and national champions, leading them to personal records during the fall training period. He also played a key role in securing high level recruits in multiple events for the Raiders.

“We are excited to have Wyatt join our coaching staff,” coach Franklin stated. “Wyatt comes to UNM highly recommended from Texas Tech as well as the University of Colorado. He will be working with the pole vaulters and combined events, as well as assisting in all aspects of recruiting.”

Prior to starting his coaching career, Rhoads was a student-athlete for six years, including four years at Iowa State and two years at the University of Colorado. At Iowa State, Rhoads was a member of the football and track & field teams. He was a three-time conference scorer in the decathlon and heptathlon events for the Cyclones. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, with a minor in Psychology, from Iowa State, he earned his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and completed his eligibility at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

“I am extremely excited to join the amazing staff here at UNM and continue to build on the success that has taken place here in Albuquerque,” Rhoads said. “I can’t think of a better place to develop great athletes and people, and I’m honored to be a part of that.”

Rhoads brings a wide expertise to the Lobos, after studying under coaches like Olympian Dan Steele, Fletcher Brooks, Lindsey Malone, Keith Herston and Tom Slagle.

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