Colin and Allison Boevers join Michigan track and field coaching team
// Kyle Terwillegar
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Director of Athletics / Cross Country, University of Michigan Kevin sullivan announced on Friday (October 15) the completion of its coaching staff for the upcoming 2021-22 athletic seasons with the addition of Colin Boevers and Allison Boevers.
Colin Boevers will join the program as a full-time assistant coach overseeing the throwing events for the Wolverines, assisted on a volunteer basis by Allison (née Liske) Boevers, who competed for the Wolverines from 2008-2012.
“The staff and I are extremely pleased that Colin and Allison are joining the staff, joining the team and joining the track family,” said Sullivan. “I think they have a lot of experience behind them and they have the personal qualities that we were really looking for to complement our staff.”
The husband-and-wife duo both come to Ann Arbor via the University of Oklahoma, where they coached or helped coach 12 Sooner student-athletes to All-America honors and seven individual Big 12 titles between 2017 and 2021.
“The University of Michigan is a great place to have a true student-athlete experience with world-class academics, world-class facilities and top-performing athletes in the track and field program,” said Colin Boevers. “Thanks for Kevin Sullivan, Brian Townsend and Warde Manuel for giving us the opportunity. We’re excited to get down to business, to start training these student-athletes and to start recruiting. “
“The University of Michigan is a place of endless resources that combines world-class education with world-class athletics. You can’t really do better than this,” said Allison Boevers. “It’s surreal to come back to a place that has done so many good things for me to propel me into my post-college life. There is a lot of potential in the group that is here, and we look forward to continuing to. build the program. “
Under the leadership of the Boevers, Oklahoma was an almost constant presence on the national stage in the throws. Earlier, the student-athletes they coached won All-America honors in eight of 10 NCAA Championship games since their first campaign in Norman in 2017, combining for 12 honors along the way.
Chief among their students was Jess Woodard, who won four top-eight finishes in the shot put at the NCAA Championships – including a silver away medal in 2018 and a bronze medal earlier this winter at the interior – to accompany a pair of appearances to the championships of the NCAA in the disc and two titles Big 12.
They also coached Meia Gordon (shot put) and Ashley Bryant (shot put / hammer) to multiple All-America honors in Oklahoma.
Prior to Oklahoma, the Boevers coached in Miami, Ohio for two seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, with Colin as an assistant coach both years and Allison as a first-time volunteer and assistant. full for the second. While at Oxford, they oversaw two All-America performances in the shot put for Amelia Stricker.
Colin Boevers also served as a volunteer assistant for Oklahoma during the 2013-14 campaign, when he helped the talented Sooner javelin corps win three combined All-America honors between women’s runner-up Avione Allgood and second-team Elizabeth Herrs and Garrett Snow.
Colin was a two-time NCAA championship qualifier and two-time Southeastern Conference champion at discus during his undergraduate career at Kentucky from 2008-2011. He was fourth at the 2011 NCAA Championships and ninth in 2010 after winning SEC titles both seasons.
“I think what’s exciting about Colin is that he has, both as an athlete and as a coach, played at the highest level of our sport,” said Sullivan. “He was a great athlete in Kentucky at the SEC and NCAA level, and he brought that experience to the teams he worked with in Miami and Oklahoma. I think he’s going to continue to bring that intensity, that fire and that. team culture, and really help shape our pitching group to move forward. “
Allison Boevers ranks among the best pitchers in Michigan program history, still number two on the all-time list in the indoor shot put and third on the road almost a decade after the end of his Wolverine career. She qualified for the NCAA East prelims in the shot put and discus in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
She is the sixth former MU to join Sullivan’s nine-person coaching staff, including Sullivan himself, Mike mcguire and Jacques Henri, as well as volunteers Kiley Bastien and Arnett chisholm.
“It’s always exciting to see Michigan alumni come back and work here,” Sullivan said. “I know for myself and certainly for Allison, you have this love and appreciation for your alma mater and it’s extremely exciting that we can welcome her back. But she isn’t just here because she is a old or because she is married to Colin. She brings a wealth of her own personal coaching experience to our team as well, and it will be exciting to see her and Colin working with the group of pitchers that we have. Here Now.”