Will Thomas Joins Floreal's Staff to Assist With Vertical Jumps and Multi-Events.
Hakon DeVries enters his third season at Kentucky having helped lead the Wildcats' women's distance program's revival in his first two seasons in Lexington.
DeVries has coached Wildcats to a total of nine All-America honors in addition to four SEC Titles and eight SEC Medals.
In 2014, DeVries helped develop Allison Peare into one of the nation's top middle-distance runners. Peare broke the UK Mile and 1,500M records in addition to the 800M mark. She was a double-Silver Medalist in the 800 and 1,500 at the SEC Championships and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA Championships before competing at the USATF Championships.
DeVries led Cally Macumber to the Southeastern Conference and Southeast Region Cross Country titles en route to the SEC Runner of the Year Award in 2012. In one season at UK DeVries' runners won four SEC titles and three athletes combined for seven All-America honors.
Both Macumber and Chelsea Oswald were All-America and All-SEC honorees in their first cross country season competing under DeVries' direction. Four members of the women's cross country team, Macumber, Oswald, Allison Peare and Anna Bostrom, earned All-Southeast Region recognition in 2012.
Success continued into the track season as Macumber won the SEC 3,000-meter title indoors before Oswald completed the outdoor distance double winning the Conference 5K and 10K titles, with the latter championship coming in Oswald's first race at the distance. Macumber, Oswald and Peare were all part of UK's school-record and All-America distance medley relay team.
DeVries coached two newcomers, Katy Kunc and Aundrea Busse, to SEC All-Freshman team honors in cross country in 2014.
DeVries joined the University of Kentucky coaching staff after working under Coach Edrick Floreal for three years as a Volunteer Assistant at Stanford. As the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach, DeVries works with the women's distance runners.
In 2012, DeVries coached the Stanford school record holder in the indoor and outdoor 800m as well one first-team and two second-team All-America honorees. In his three years as an assistant, Stanford's distance runners amassed 35 first-team and 17 second-team All-America honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
DeVries also ran at Stanford with Floreal serving as the head coach. While a student-athlete, DeVries was a two-time All-America selection in track and a critical member of the cross country team as well. DeVries scored in each of the NCAA cross country championship races and helped guide the Cardinal to a third-place national finish in 2008 and a fourth-place finish in 2006.
"Hakon, having competed as a student-athlete in both cross country and track in various events, has an excellent background of a competitive athlete," Floreal said. "He knows the true combination of being a student and an athlete and how to best maximize athletic and academic potential. He's a great coach and great mentor, and he brings a lot o