SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Kenny McDaniel announced today that Carl Caughell has been hired as the team's jumps coach.
Caughell has served as an assistant coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., since Sept. 2017. With the Colonels, he was responsible for all recruiting in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. He also oversaw home meet management and monitored the team's academic progress.
Prior to taking the position, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Northern Arizona from 2015-17. In that role, he worked closely with McDaniel who was the Lumberjacks' sprints coach at the time. At NAU, he was part of the team which won the 2016 NCAA Div. I Men's Cross Country Championship and also helped 11 student-athletes qualify for nationals.
"Our program is very privileged to land a quality coach in Carl Caughell," McDaniel sad. "One of Carl's greatest gifts is his capacity to teach technique in the vertical and horizontal events. He also has a natural ability to draw people to him which will be huge in recruiting for our program. Carl is a comprehensive coach who understands all the intricacies of the jumps and multi events. He will bring an extensive training system to our program which will enhance our student-athletes' performances."
Caughell was a graduate assistant at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., from 2013-15. He coached jumps, multis and hurdles and guided nine individuals to the NCAA Div. II National Championships.
As a student-athlete at SUNY Fredonia, he was the SUNY Athletic Conference champion in the 110-hurdles in 2011 and a three-time all-league selection. He earned his bacehlor's degree in adolescence education in 2012 and later added a master's in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Mary in 2015. Caughell also obtained his USTFCCCA strength & conditioning certification in 2017.
Caughell By The Numbers
11 - NCAA Individual National Qualifiers
2 - NCAA Relay National Qualifiers
4 - USTFCCCA Honorable Mentions
6 - Big Sky Conference Team Championships
15 - Big Sky Conference Individual/Relay Champions
10 - Big Sky Conference All-Academic Individual Honors
47 - Big Sky Conference All-Conference Individuals/Relays Honorees
9 - NCAA Individual National Qualifiers
2 - USTFCCCA Academic All American Awards
1 - NCAA First-Team All-American Honors
3 - NSIC Conference Team Championships
2 - NSIC Conference Individual Champion
14 - NSIC Conference All-Academic Individual Honors
19 - NSIC Conference All-Conference Team Individuals Honorees
What Others Are Saying
Gabe Sanders, Stanford Assistant Coach
"I've had the opportunity to work with Coach Caughell on a number of occasions in recent summers and without a doubt he 'get's it.' He gets what is means to be a teacher, a mentor, a worker, and a pupil all in one. He impresses me not only with his knowledge of the sport but how well he communicates and relates to athletes from every background and level. He absolutely has the ability, background, knowledge and ethic to take any young person as far as they want to go in the sport and will be a valuable asset to not only his staff but the entire university. Congratulations to Carl and I look forward to continued ascension in the sport!"
Mike Thorson, Former University of Mary Head Coach
"Carl Caughell is an outstanding young coach who will do some amazing things for the Hornet track and field program. He has a passion and loyalty second to none. He is one of the new breed of young coaches who has shown he can combine science and practical knowledge to lead young men and women to success. An outstanding hire for Sacramento State."