Track and Field Adds NCAA Champion to Coaching Staff
"I wanted to come back to school the past couple years," Fernandez said. "It's my alma mater. I want to help out the team as much as I can, and I knew I was going to get along with Bobby, Dave and Danny, so it was really a no-brainer."
Fernandez had one of the most successful careers in OSU history during his time in Stillwater, winning the 2009 NCAA title in the 1,500-meter run, claiming three first-team All-America honors, being named a Bowerman Award finalist in 2009 and winning seven Big 12 titles before graduating in 2012.
"It felt a little weird at first, but knowing that it's pretty much the same staff that was here when I was doing my undergrad makes it an easy transition," Fernandez said.
He was a member of the 2009 and 2010 NCAA champion Cowboy cross country teams, and finished eighth at the 2010 championship race to help the Cowboys blow away the field and beat second-place Florida State by 120 points.
Fernandez still owns the American junior record in the 5,000-meter run with his 13:25.46 from the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships.
In the OSU record book, Fernandez appears on four top-10 lists and tops three of them, including the indoor mile and 3,000-meter runs, and the 1,500-meter run outdoors.
Fernandez graduated from OSU in 2012 and is seeking a Master's degree healthcare entrepreneurship.