The Word on the Herd for January 15
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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, 55, 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 will coach sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, and will recruit 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 arrives 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 will benefit from their performances and the indoor facility.
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, 2, who he called "the most important thing in the world right now."