Rebels' Distance Program Quickly Becoming One of Nation's Best
Recognized for Indoor Track & Field Season Success
Six Make First Team, Two Make Second Team
Earns Her Second Top-Five Finish in as Many Races
Highly Successful Coaches Join Rebel Program
Ryan Vanhoy is in his third season as an assistant coach on the Ole Miss track & field staff. He also oversees the cross country teams.
The 2015 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year's work with the distance runners in both cross country and on the track has produced some of the best results in school history.
During his second season in 2014-15, Vanhoy has helped guide the men's distance program into uncharted territory. The Rebels set a school record with 14 entries at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, including 1500-meter runners Robert Domanic and Trevor Gilley, who were the first Rebels to ever qualify for nationals in the event. Additionally, Craig Engels competed in the 800 during the event.
At the SEC outdoor meet, Ole Miss claimed a remarkable four of the top eight finishers in the men’s 1,500 meters and five of the top 10, led by Engels in third place.
Vanhoy helped the Ole Miss men to their best SEC indoor finish in 31 years as the Rebels came in fourth. Senior Daniel Bulmer upset the field to win the 2015 SEC indoor mile title, and Bulmer was joined by Dameon Morgan, Holland Sherrer and Engels in capturing the Rebels’ second straight SEC distance medley relay championship. Additionally, Engels was runner-up in the mile, and the Rebels had scoring performances by M.J. Erb in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
The indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 have seen perhaps the most impressive feats since Vanhoy arrival. On the men’s side, four of the top six outdoor 1,500 runners in school history have been coached by Vanhoy and six of the top eight indoor milers. On the women’s side, it’s been six of the top nine in the outdoor 1,500 and seven of the top 11 in the indoor mile.
The Rebel men won the 2014 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championship and made the first NCAA team appearance in program history. They were runners-up at the SEC cross country meet, matching the best finish in program history with the 1968 squad.
Under Vanhoy’s tutelage, Wesley Gallagher, Sean Tobin and Robert Domanic all finished in the top seven at both the South Region and SEC meets and earned All-Region and All-SEC first team honors. Tobin was voted the SEC Cross Country Co-Freshman Runner of the Year.
On the track in 2014, the distance runners contributed big points to the Ole Miss men's best SEC outdoor finish in 30 years (fifth place) at the SEC Championships. That included Domanic's runner-up in the 1,500 meters and Tobin's bronze medal in the 5,000.
The indoor season was just as productive, as the Rebels won their first ever SEC title in the distance medley relay with the grouping of Domanic, Montez Griffin, Will Spiers and Tobin. A native of Clonmel, Ireland, Tobin was SEC runner-up in the mile and also became the first Ole Miss runner to ever run a sub-4 minute mile (3:59.91). He was tabbed the SEC Indoor Co-Freshman Runner of the Year by the league coaches.
Vanhoy came to Oxford after one year at Northeastern University and the previous three at the University of North Carolina.
At Northeastern, Vanhoy coached NU runners to four Colonial Athletic Association conference titles and helped develop Eric Jenkins into an All-American in the indoor 3,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters. In 2013, Jenkins became the fourth-fastest American collegian ever at 5,000 meters (13:18.57) and also ran a sub 4-minute mile (3:58.11).
Vanhoy spent the previous three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he helped produce two Atlantic Coast Conference champions, five NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers and two Olympic Trails qualifiers. In 2012, he guided Isaac Presson and Ashley Verplank to conference titles in the mile and 1,500 meters, respectively.
After two years as an assistant coach at UNC, Vanhoy was promoted to head men's and women's cross country coach in January 2012 and was responsible for recruiting and implementation of training programs for more than 40 student-athletes, in addition to other administrative and operational duties.
During the 2012-13 season, he mentored the men's distance medley relay team, which broke a school record that had stood for 27 years.
Prior to his promotion, Vanhoy worked as an assistant track and field and cross country coach for two seasons. While coaching the men's middle distance runners, he also managed areas of team compliance, travel and recruiting.
Vanhoy, who was a member of the Tar Heels' track team, graduated from North Carolina in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in biology. The Asheboro, N.C., native earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from UNC in 2012.
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