Mariam Kevkhishvili-Machavariani And Ryan Vanhoy Join Rebel Staff
A former Olympian and NCAA shot put champion, Mariam Kevkhishvili-Machavariani is in her second season on the Ole Miss track & field staff as an assistant coach overseeing the Rebel throwers.
Ole Miss athletes produced some of the best marks in school history under Kevkhishvili-Machavariani’s tutelage in her first season on staff. Nathan Loe broke the school record in the hammer throw (210-3), while Kevin Conway’s best throw of 191-3 ranks him fourth in the record books. During the indoor season, Onyi Afoaku moved up to No. 2 in school history in both the shot put (57-9.75) and weight throw (63-2).
Kevkhishvili-Machavariani brings an extraordinary competitive résumé with her to Oxford. She competed in the shot put at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics for her native country of Georgia, and she was a five-time national champion in the shot put while at the University of Florida.
Kevkhishvili-Machavariani graduated from Florida in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. During her time in Gainesville, she became just the second athlete in NCAA history to claim five women’s shot put national championships (indoors and outdoors combined) and the second woman to claim both the NCAA indoor and outdoor women’s shot put titles in back-to-back seasons. She did not lose a competition to a collegiate competitor (indoors or outdoors) in her final two seasons.
She finished her Florida career as the school record holder in the indoor shot (61-0) and the SEC championship shot put record holder for both indoor (59-4.25) and outdoor (59-2.75). In addition to her five NCAA titles (2008 indoor, 2009 indoor, 2009 outdoor, 2010 indoor, 2010 outdoor), she was a five-time SEC champion, the 2009 SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and the 2010 SEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. She helped lead the Gator women to the 2009 SEC outdoor title and 2010 SEC indoor title, as well as a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships and fourth-place result at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Kevkhishvili-Machavariani represented her country as an 18-year-old at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and then again in 2008 in Beijing, China. She has also competed at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 and 2013 European Championships.
She is married to Daviti (Dato) Machavariani, and the couple has a daughter, Tekla Machavariani.
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