Longtime Coach Joins Herd Staff
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Don Yentes, a former head men's and women's coach at Wyoming, was named assistant coach in October of 2013.
Yentes, has coached 28 All-Americans, 66 Mountain West Conference champions and had 92 NCAA Nationals qualifiers for the Cowboys. He was head coach there from 2000-12, after serving as a UW assistant for four years.
He was a four-time Mountain West Coach of the Year (twice for men, twice for women) and guided nine NCAA Division I All-Academic women's teams.
Yentes also has been an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan and coached at three Kansas junior colleges.
With the Herd, he coaches sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, and recruits with Small.
Yentes, born in Covington, Ky., grew up in Greensburg, Ind., and ran cross country at Judson College in Elgin, Ill. His parents were Morehead State graduates and his father, Gerald, played baseball and basketball for MSU, and played hoops in the NCAA tournament in the late `50s.
Yentes arrived in 2013 after Marshall had two NCAA nationals top-six finishers and All-Americans in 2013 (outdoors) seniors Vanessa Jules and Crystal Walker. He said the program benefited from their performances and the indoor facility.
11 different events under Yentes have seen broken school records since his arrival. He has coached eight All-Conference USA performances, including Isatu Fofanah who made the All-C-USA team in three different events. Fofanah in 2015 (100m) and two others in the triple jump (Jasiah Richardson-2014, Antonique Butler-2016, 2017) have reached the NCAA Regional Meet under his coaching.
Richardson in the triple jump in 2014 is the most recent Marshall qualifier for the NCAA National Championships.
Yentes and his wife, Sande, have two adult children. A daughter, Morgan, is a teacher. A son, Dylan, is a student and works in the banking profession. Yentes has one grandchild - Jackson, who he called "the most important thing in the world right now."