Nate Arnold Joins W&M Track & Field Staff
Updated: Monday 08/26/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William & Mary Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Stephen Walsh announced the hiring of Nate Arnold today, to the post of assistant track and field coach.  Arnold will assist with all aspects of the Tribe's nationally-recognized men's and women's teams, with an emphasis on coaching the jumpers and short sprinters.

"We are really excited to have Nate join the staff here at W&M," said Walsh. "His experiences most recently at Duke will be a great addition to an already experienced staff. Nate has a lot of energy, and I am excited to see the hard work and time he will spend with his athletes to see what he can do."

Arnold comes to Williamsburg after spending the last year at Duke as a volunteer assistant in both the pole vault and the multi-events.  While he was with the Blue Devils, he helped the athletes with their technical development which resulted in three NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers, as well as helping Megan Clark take second in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships.  Arnold's athletes also won ACC titles in the women's pole vault (indoors and outdoors) and the decathlon, as well as six other place-winners.

Before his time at Duke, Arnold was a graduate assistant at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., while taking graduate classes in education.  He was responsible for the jumps and multi-events, and also helped plan and direct the strength program for the sprinters.  His time at Cumberlands produced two Mid-South conference champions, in the men's pole vault and men's javelin, and a total of eight conference medalists as the men's team won the Mid-South title and the women placed second.

While an athlete at the University of Memphis and shortly after graduating, Arnold took coaching internships in Europe.  In the summer of 2012, he learned under former Olympian Aleksandrs Obizajevs in Latvia, focusing on the technical and power development of high-level athletes as well as the psychology of the pole vault.  Later that same summer, he worked with Polish professional coach Wiaczeslaw Kaliniczenko on strength and gymnastics-based training styles and techniques for the pole vault.  Arnold spent two stints, in the summer of 2013 and winter of 2014, learning under German coach Wolfgang Striezel for the speed development and event techniques for intermediate to advanced-level athletes in the multi-events.

Arnold graduated from Memphis in 2013 with a degree in liberal studies.  While on the team with the Tigers, he was a multiple-scorer at the Conference USA championships both indoors and outdoors in the pole vault, and qualified for the 2013 NCAA East Preliminaries with a best height of 16-4.  Arnold recently moved to the Williamsburg area.

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