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“I am so excited to be a Bruin! Coach Maynard has compiled an amazing staff and the team is more motivated than any team I’ve ever been around. Great things are coming to Westwood, that’s for sure.”
In his fourth season in Westwood the jumps continued to be an event of strength for UCLA. Kylie Price, Jessie Maduka and Austin Hazel were all NCAA Championship qualifiers. Price won the Pac-12 Championship in the long jump and was joined by Maduka and Hazel in earning USTFCCCA honorable mention honors in Eugene. Triple jumpers Idrees Bernard and Faith Anumba also qualified for the NCAA prelims.
In the high jump, freshmen Lillianna Hebert and Michael Burke were NCAA prelim qualifiers. Burke went on to place second at the USATF Junior Nationals with a personal best of 7-2.25. Mainstays Sage Stone and Cody Crampton also qualified for the NCAA prelims.
A young group in the multis emerged in 2016 as Kendall Gustafson tallied 5,442 points in her first season in the heptathlon to put together the 10th best score in school history. Zack Bornstein placed fifth at the Pac-12 Championships with a career-best 7,289 points. Steele Wasik broke the school record during the indoor season in the heptathlon with 5,783 points.
In his third season the Bruin multis and jump athletes continued to shine on the national stage. Tatum Souza capped off her career in the heptathlon with the second best score in school history at 5,771 points en route to earning All-America honorable mention accolades. In his freshman campaign, Steele Wasik posted the eighth best score in school history with 7,521 points and earned second team All-American honors in the decathlon. In the high jump Zibby Boyer leaped to the fourth best mark in school history at 6-1.25, won the Pac-12 title and earned second team All-American honors. Cody Crampton (high jump), Idrees Bernard (long jump), Austin Hazel (long jump), Jessie Maduka (long jump), Maya Brown (long jump) and Faith Anumba (triple jump) were national meet qualifiers.
Hoyt also served at the World University Games head coach for the United States track and field team. He helped coach Boyer to a silver medal in the high jump in South Korea.
In 2014 the multi-events and jumps continued to be a strength for the Bruins. Under Hoyt’s guidance, three earned All-American honors during the outdoor season and two were honored for their efforts during the indoor campaign.
Kylie Price soared to first-team honors by placing third overall at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships while Zibby Boyer and Alexis Walker garnered honorable mention accolades in the high jump. Price was twice named the Pac-12 athlete of the week and Walker earned the honor once. During the indoor season Marcus Nilsson placed eighth overall to earn All-American honors in the heptathlon with a career-best 5,760 points while Price was named to the second team in the long jump.
Walker secured the 10th best heptathlon in school history in her very first try by accumulating 5,409 points. She also cleared 5-11.50 for the 10th best high jump in school history. Cody Crampton cleared 7-2.50 for the sixth best high jump at UCLA.
He also coached UCLA volunteer coach Sharon Day-Monroe to a new American record in the pentathlon. Day-Monroe won the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a record 4,805 points.
In 2013, Hoyt’s inaugural season at UCLA, personal records were set in every event area. Kylie Price was an All-American at both Indoor and Outdoor Nationals and set a personal best of 21-4 in the long jump. UCLA’s All-American pole vaulter, Michael Woepse, jumped a personal best 18-4, while his female counterparts, Allison Koressel (All-American) and Natasha Kolbo both set personal bests at 14-1 and 13-6. The two Bruin heptathletes each improved by over 350 points to 5,691 and 5,165. UCLA’s decathletes made even bigger improvements to their scores with two NCAA qualifying marks. Marcus Nilson placed 3rd at the NCAA Championship meet and later competed at the World Championships in Russia. In the men’s long jump, Michael Perry surprised everyone with a 3rd place PAC 12 showing and a personal best improvement of over a foot to 24-8. Dillon Stucky added a foot to his triple jump at 51-1. Faith Anumba returned to form in the triple (41-7) and long jumps (19-7) following a stress fracture in 2012. In the women’s high jump, 6 women surpassed their marks from the previous year, 3 of whom qualified into the first round of the NCAA Championship Meet. Cody Crampton, the lone male high jumper, redshirted and will be joined in 2014 by 3 new freshmen all in the 7-foot range.
Prior to UCLA, Hoyt spent 7 years as the coach of field events, men's decathlon and women's heptathlon at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo). During that time, Hoyt coached Sharon Day to national stardom in the heptathlon and high jump. In the fall of 2012, Day followed Hoyt to UCLA and had her best season to date. She set personal records in 6 of the 7 heptathlon events and finished 2013 with the 3rd best heptathlon score in the world with her USA Championship winning score of 6,550.
Day had a successful high jump career, winning the NCAA women's high jump event (6-4) in 2005 and making the U. S. team at the 2008 Olympics (Beijing, China). In 2009, Day's first year of full time heptathlon training, she made the USA World Championship Team in both the high jump and heptathlon. Her heptathlon success continued with a second-place finish at the USA National Championship Meet in 2010 and the top spot on the podium in 2011. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Day was the top U. S. finisher in the heptathlon. Hoyt has been Day's coach in all seven of the heptathlon events. Along with Day, Hoyt had three other athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials (two in the decathlon and one in the javelin).
During his tenure at Cal Poly-SLO, Hoyt coached two Olympians, five NCAA Division I scoring athletes, 10 NCAA Championship Final meet qualifiers, 37 Regional qualifiers and 19 conference champions. He showed his versatility with conference champions in the pole vault, high jump, long jump, javelin, discus, shot put, heptathlon and decathlon.
From 1989-2005, Hoyt coached nearly every event at his alma maître, Seattle Pacific University. During that time, he personally coached Division II All-Americans in the 100 Hurdles, 400 hurdles, 400 meters, high jump, long jump, pole vault, heptathlon, decathlon, shot put and javelin. He was the Head Coach for the men’s and women’s teams from 1999-2005. In his final season at SPU, Hoyt led the Falcon women to 13th at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Championships and eighth indoors. That year, he also coached Danielle Ayers-Stamper to an NCAA Indoor high jump title and 2nd in the heptathlon, and Chris Randolph to the NCAA Div. II decathlon title. During his six seasons without a campus track & field facility, Hoyt's SPU teams won a total of five outdoor and indoor conference championships. At SPU he earned a Regional Coach of the Year honor, was a five-time Conference Coach of the Year and produced 36 Div. II All-America athletes and 102 conference champions.
Hoyt was an All-American decathlete at Seattle Pacific University in 1987. He competed at the 1992 Olympic Trials in the decathlon where he was coached by current UCLA Director, Mike Maynard. Hoyt has held the SPU high jump record for over 25 years, and in 1990 broke the American Record for the decathlon high jump at 7-2.75”. In 2004, Hoyt set the American Record in the decathlon for the over-40 age group. Even at 40 years of age, he was still over 15 feet in the pole vault and 6-5 in the high jump. Currently, he has slowed his athletic career down to lifting weights with his athletes and playing with his family at Santa Monica Beach.