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University of Memphis Track, 1997 Carlsbad Grad

The Carlsbad, N.M., native has over 20 years of experience in the sport of track and field as an athlete and coach. Pyle is a United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Level 2 certified coach in combined events and a member of the Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network (GAIN) Network.

During his seven seasons at Rice, Pyle coached the high jumpers and wrote the physical training for vaulters. He guided the Owls jumpers to seven Conference USA medals, including five gold. Chris Pillow won three C-USA men's pole vault titles and placed seventh in the event at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Pyle also coached Belle MacFarlane, who won the C-USA Indoor women's high jump crown and later advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Pyle most recently coached Inika McPherson to a women's high jump finalist finish (10th) at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also guided McPherson to a top-three performance in the women's high jump at the United States Olympic Trials last summer. Before meeting Pyle , McPherson didn't have a coach and trained on her own. Pyle said McPherson's general training regimen featured things she did during her college days at University of California-Berkeley. Pyle said he helped integrate more structure into McPherson's training.

Pyle also served as director and coach of the Owl Athletic Club (OAC; post-collegiate track and field training group). In 2014, the OAC saw McPherson win the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships women's high jump title and place 12th in the event at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. McPherson also won the women's high jump crown at USA Outdoor Championships with a personal-best of 2.00m (6-6.75), becoming the shortest woman (5-4) to clear the two-meter barrier, and in turn, setting a height-over-head world record. She finished the 2014 season with the No. 2 women's high jump in the world.

The OAC produced three IAAF World Championship qualifiers in McPherson (USA; women's high Jump), Ryan Harlan (USA; men's decathlon, 8011 points) and Darius Draudvila (Lithuania; men's decathlon, 8032 points).

Harlan finished sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (decathlon) and third at the 2013 USATF Indoor Championships. Draudvila placed fifth at the 2010 European Championships under Pyle's guidance.

Pyle competed collegiately at Kansas State University as a multi-event athlete, earning All-Big 12 Conference honors in the decathlon, heptathlon and 4x100 meter relay. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Kansas State in 2002.




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