Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Stephen Saenz has joined the Central Michigan track and field program as its throws coach, program director Jennifer Swieton announced on Thursday.
Saenz served as the throws coach at Louisiana Monroe for the past two years. Among those he coached at Monroe was Alton Clay, who finished second in the weight throw in the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Saenz competed in the shot put for Mexico at the 2012 Olympics in London, is a five-time Mexican national champion in the shot put, and holds the Mexican national record in the shot put at 67 feet, 6 inches (20.35 meters).
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome coach Saenz to our staff,” Swieton said. “He is highly respected among his peers and has an amazing enthusiasm and work ethic.
“He fits in perfectly with our staff and shares our goals and our vision: To win championships while helping student-athletes grow personally, academically and athletically.”
Saenz was a three-time Southeastern Conference champion in the shot put and a runner-up in the event at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a student-athlete at Auburn. He earned All-America honors five times in the event, holds the Tigers’ indoors shot put record (20.08 meters), and in 2011 earned both the indoors and outdoors SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year awards.
Saenz served as a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan in 2014-16, helping the Wolverines to a second-place finish in the 2016 Big Ten Outdoors Championships. It was U-M’s best finish at the meet since 2008.
At Monroe, Saenz-coached throwers placed among the top six in the Sun Belt Indoors and Outdoors Championships six times, qualified for the NCAA preliminary four times, set three school records and one Sun Belt record.
Saenz earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn.