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Andrew Ninow is in his second season with the throwers at Kentucky after working for four seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford.
In two seasons at UK, Ninow has coached three Southeastern Conference Champions, three All-America selections, seven All-SEC selections, and his athletes have broken two school-records and a UK freshman record. He has also overseen two discus throws, which rank on the Collegiate All-Time Top-10 List
Under Ninow's direction this spring, Andrew Evans has emerged as the No. 4 collegiate thrower ever, with two all-time top-10 collegiate throws.
His winning mark of 66.37m/217'9" was the fifth best in NCAA history (he ranks No. 4 on the "performers" list), and broke 2008 NCAA Discus Champion Rashaud Scott's school-record.
Evans won the 2014 SEC Discus Championships over a field which including him featured three of the top-5 throwers in the nation in that event. Ninow would coach two 2014 SEC Outdoor Champions as Raymond Dykstra defeated the nation's top-ranked javelin thrower with a school and facility record toss, which traveled 250'10" to claim Conference Gold.
Brad Szypka won the SEC Indoor shot put in 2014, and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Madison Jacobs claimed the SEC Silver Medal in the discus as a freshman under Ninow's direction in 2014.
Ninow also made a significant impact on the throwers in his first season at UK. During the indoor season Brad Szypka had a 5'8" improvement in his first meet to start the year. Szypka went on that year to finish fifth at the SEC Indoor Championships with a person best 61'11". Szypka continued his run outdoors where he finished 10th at the NCAA championships, becoming a Second Team All-American for the first time. Szypka's teammate Isiah Kent also made dramatic improvements in the shot put improving his person best from 51' to 59'8.5". Kent went on to score in both the shot put and discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships, his first time doing so.
During the outdoor season two other throwers made very strong contributions to UK under Ninow's coaching.
Sophomore Ray Dykstra repeated as the SEC Javelin Silver Medalist with a throw of 235'. He continued on to the NCAA championships where he improved upon his sixth-place finish in 2012 to finish fifth in 2013.
Andrew Evans also had a very explosive year under Coach Ninow. He earned the NCAA Bronze Medal in the discus after he threw a personal best 62.78 meters / 206 feet. His PR throw on the biggest stage went nearly 10 feet further than any competitive throw of the UK junior's career prior. He also finished second at the SEC Championships. His then- PR throw of 206' also moved him to third all time at UK behind the 2008 discus champion Rashaud Scott and Olympian Mike Buncic.
On the women's side Rebecca Famurwa entered her first year competing as a Wildcat as a NCAA Championship qualifier and SEC Medalist in the discus after she broke the UK Freshman Record.
She finished eighth at the SEC Championships in the weight throw earning her a SEC All-Freshmen team honor.
Outdoors she went on to post the fourth best mark in the country at 187'1". She shattered the freshmen record by over 15' and missed the school record by only 4".
She also managed to finish third at the SEC Championships in the discus. In the postseason Famurewa finished second at the USA Junior Nationals earning her a spot on the U.S. National Team, for which she competed in the Pan American Championships in August.
Ninow came to Stanford after coaching the throwers at the University of San Francisco. There, Ninow coached the female school record holder and conference champion in the javelin.
As a student-athlete at UCLA he graduated with a degree Biochemistry and was a two-time Pac-10 and West Regional competitor.
"Andrew is a student of the sport," Floreal said. "He eats, drinks and breaths throws. That's his passion. Coming from UCLA, where he was coached by Art Venegas, he's learned from the best. Art is someone who developed his throwers not only while they were there, but many of them are now great throws coaches around the country. Andrew is one of those young, bright minds in throws coaching."