(Laramie, Wyo.) – The University of Wyoming track and field program welcomed back one of the most accomplished Cowboys of all time Wednesday, as head coach Bryan Berryhill announced the hiring of Quincy Howe as an assistant coach in charge of jumps. Howe spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M University, after serving on the UW coaching staff from 2003 to 2012.
“Our staff is not only excited to welcome back a Cowboy All-American, but also a coach that we know will do a great job,” Berryhill said. “Quincy proved himself during his first stint with the Wyoming coaching staff, so we are looking forward to seeing what he can do this time around. I followed his career while I coached against him and I feel like he gets the most out of his student-athletes. He is a player’s coach. The athletes he has want to perform well for him. He makes them want to go out and perform to the best of their ability.”
A 2009 inductee into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, Howe is widely considered the best jumper in Cowboy history. He was a two-time All-American indoors in the triple jump in 2001 and 2002, but was dominant at the conference level. He never lost to a conference foe in his four years in the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West, as he won a total of eight conference titles. The native of Parry Lands, Trinidad, still owns Wyoming school records in the triple jump indoors at 54-9 1/4 and outdoors at 54-4 3/4, while ranking seventh outdoors in the long jump at 24-5 1/2. His indoor triple jump mark still stands as a MW all-time record, while his outdoor mark is second in conference history. For his accomplishments, Howe was named to the MW 10th Anniversary Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams.
“I’ve very excited to be coming back home to Laramie,” Howe said. “This is a great opportunity to come back to where everything started for me. The track and field program is really growing in leaps and bounds under the current staff and I want to be part of that. This program and school have provided a lot of positive things for me and shown me how to be successful. I want to pay that forward to the kids who are here now and help them accomplish the things that I accomplished while I was here.”
Howe went on to compete professionally for his native country of Trinidad & Tobago, as he placed third at the 2002 NACAC games and ninth at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He was also a 2003 Pan-Am Games team selection, before joining the Wyoming coaching staff as a graduate assistant. He was hired full-time in 2005 and went on to coach three NCAA Championship participants, 12 conference champions, 37 all-conference performers and 17 NCAA Regional qualifiers during his nine years with the Cowboys and Cowgirls.
During his two years at NCAA Division II West Texas, Howe coached six All-Americans, 12 NCAA Championship participants and three conference champions. Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in bioelectrical engineering from UW in 2003 and a master’s degree in biomechanics in 2010. He is a USATF Level I and Level II (jumps) certified coach. He and his wife, Lay-nah, have one son, Mahlon, and are expecting another in September.