2006 NCAA Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year
Three NCAA Champions
One Collegiate Record Holder
21 Conference Champions
58 All-Conference Selections
Doug Reynolds, the 2006 NCAA Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year, is entering his sixth year as a member of the University of Kentucky track and field staff.
In 2010, Reynolds graduated one of the most decorated female athletes in Kentucky history, Ashley Muffet. Under the tutelage of Reynolds, Muffet compiled an impressive resume that included four All-America honors, two Southeastern Conference championships, two SEC Commissioner's Cups and was named SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year in 2009. Muffet re-wrote the UK record books, holding seven of the 12 women's throwing records, which include indoor shot put, outdoor shot put and discus, freshman indoor records in both the shot put and weight throw, and finally, freshman outdoor records in the shot put and hammer throw.
Also in 2010, Coach Reynolds saw Kristin Smith, in her final season, turn in the best year of her career, earning her first All-America honors and an SEC Championship in the weight throw. Smith had her own impact on the record books, holding both the weight throw and hammer throw top marks in school history. Smith and Muffet together hold nine of the 12 women's throwing school records, only missing out on the javelin, freshman javelin and freshman discus records.
Colin Boevers kept the streak of consecutive Wildcats to win the SEC discus title in 2010. It marked the third consecutive year Reynolds coached the SEC discus champion with Chase Madison and Rashaud Scott coming before Boevers in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Boevers went on to become an All-America recipient for a ninth-place finish in the discus at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
In 2009, Kristin Smith and Heather Smith finished second and third in the weight throw, respectively, at the SEC Championships, earning 14 points for the team. Also in 2009, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, senior Chase Madison received All-America accolades for his performance in the men's shot put with a personal-best mark of 62-1, and a sixth place finish in the event.
Junior Ashley Muffet took the league discus title, third place in the hammer and fourth in the shot put, totaling 21 points for the team at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships. Muffet was awarded the SEC Outdoor Women's Track and Field Commissioner's Cup as the top individual point scorer at the 2009 outdoor championships and was also recognized as the SEC Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments at the championships. Muffet also took a share of the Commissioner's Cup as a sophomore in 2007.
Scott, the 2008 discus national champion, was also crowned an SEC Champion in the same event in 2009. Kristin Smith threw a 209-02 in the hammer throw to take second and set a new UK record in the event. Madison and Muffet each competed in discus and finished in third place, with Madison registering a 195-02 and Muffet a 181-00. Scott participated in both shot put and discus and ultimately took home the regional title in both events. After finishing eighth in the 2008 Mideast Regional, Scott took home the shot put crown with a 62-1.25. Securing his second straight men's discus regional championship, Scott threw a personal best of 216-2. Scott also set a new Mideast Regional record in the process. In recognition of his 2009 throwing performances, Scott was named the Southeast Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year in June.
The 2008 season proved to be a standout season for Reynolds and the Wildcat throwers. Madison, after posting a season best throw of 206-2 at the USATF Development Meet earlier in the season, started a now three year run of men's SEC Champions in the discus. Two weeks later, Scott won the Mideast Regional discus title with a throw of 199-10, automatically qualifying him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also qualified for Nationals in the shot put. Scott made good on both invitations, placing eighth in the country in the shot put after winning the national title in discus. The title was the first of any kind since 1996 for the Wildcats and marked the second national crown for any field event at UK.
At the 2008 NCAA Championships, two Wildcat throwers scored to help UK earn its best point total at the event in school history. In his championship performance in discus, Scott nabbed 10 points for the Wildcats, while adding one more with an eighth-place finish in shot put. Andy Fryman also added a tally to the Kentucky total, finishing eighth in the hammer throw. In the end, the Wildcat men finished the event in ninth place. Scott and Fryman also earned All- America honors, each collecting two. Another champion for the Wildcats in 2008 was Madison, the SEC discus title winner. Besides his league title, Madison also placed sixth in the shot put at SEC. To end 2008, Reynolds competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials alongside Scott, Madison and Muffet. Competing in his fourthstraight Olympic Trials, Reynolds finished fourth overall in the discus while Scott finished immediately behind him in fifth place.
Prior to his start at Kentucky, Reynolds spent time with Arizona, Boise State, and Kansas.
A 1998 graduate of Arizona, he earned national recognition as a Pacific-10 champion in the discus throw, along with a No. 1 NCAA ranking. He was an NCAA championships qualifier in both the shot put and discus. In 1996, he was the shot put and discus NJCAA champion. At the 1997 and 1999 World University Games, he won a bronze medal in the discus. He also was a finalist in the discus at the 1999 and 2003 Pan-American Games. During his athletic career, Reynolds ranked as high as third in the U.S. and 10th in the world in the discus throw.
Reynolds was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., where he attended Greenway High School. He is married to the former Tracy Kitson and has one daughter, Sadie.
List of UK School records held by Reynolds coached athletes:
Women's School Records Men's School Records
Indoor Shot Put - 57-02.00 (Ashley Muffet) Indoor Weight Throw - 67-03.50 (Andy Fryman)
Indoor Weight Throw - 67-03.50 (Kristin Smith) Outdoor Discus - 216-02 (Rashaud Scott)
Outdoor Shot Put - 54-02.00 (Ashley Muffet) Freshman Discus - 181-04 (Colin Boevers)
Outdoor Discus - 187-08.00 (Ashley Muffet)
Outdoor Hammer - 209-02 (Kristin Smith)
Freshman Indoor Shot Put - 52-04.00 (Ashley Muffet)
Freshman Indoor Weight Throw - 61-09.00 (Ashley Muffet)
Freshman Outdoor Shot Put - 54-02.50 (Ashley Muffet)
Freshman Outdoor Hammer - 186-06.00 (Ashley Muffet)
Men's School Records
Indoor Weight Throw - 67-03.50 (Andy Fryman)
Outdoor Discus - 216-02 (Rashaud Scott)
Freshman Discus - 181-04 (Colin Boevers)