|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
Cody Fleming had an outstanding first season as an assistant
coach at UCSB. Fleming guides all of the throwing events as well as
the decathlon, heptathlon and the high jump. In 2012, his athletes
had unprecedented success, helping UCSB capture their first ever
Men’s Big West Championship.
In 2012, Fleming mentored Big West champions in the decathlon (Derek Masterson), men's high jump (Mitch Haag), women's shot put (Irene Kujore) and women's hammer (Irene Kujore). Six of his athletes qualified for the NCAA First Round and one, Masterson, was a national qualifier in the decathlon after setting a new UCSB record on the new scoring tables with 7,558 points.
In 2012, the UCSB high jumpers had a stellar season claiming the first three spots at the Big West Championship, led by Haag’s PB clearance of 7’1 ½ - a mark he would later repeat at the NCAA First Round. Mike Larocca captured silver at the Big West Championships with a new best of 6’11. Max Villalba took home the bronze and would finish the year with a best of 6’10 3/4 – a mark he would jump twice. The UCSB throwers were led by Alex Umstead who had season bests of 196’11 in the hammer and 57’7 in the shot put In total, four men would eclipse the 56m (183’9) mark in the hammer- Umstead, Adam Shigem 190’8, Chris Hamilton 187’4 and Kyle Strawn 184’1. In the decathlon, Mike Powers combined with Masterson to help UCSB claim the top two spots at the Big West Championships. Powers added to the all-times lists with his score of 7138pts.
The women were led by Irene Kujore, who would go on to win the shot and hammer at the Big West Championships and add silver in the discus. 2012 was a break out year for Kujore, who upped her personal best to 187’5 in the hammer and posted a big lifetime best of 64’9 ¼ indoors in the weight throw.
Prior to arriving at UCSB, Fleming spent three years coaching at the University of Nevada where he helped field some of the most competitive field event squads in the Western Athletic Conference. Over the previous three seasons at Nevada, he coached 13 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 14 WAC medalists, 1 WAC Champion, 3 NCAA Championship qualifiers and one NCAA All-American.
The 2011 Nevada squad made an impact at the conference and national level. La Tijera Avery claimed the WAC Indoor high jump title and went on to tie the Nevada outdoor school record at 5’10 ½. Two other Nevada high jumpers cleared 5’8 ¾ during the outdoor season en route to a 2-3-4 Wolf Pack finish at the WAC Outdoor Championships. 4 Nevada javelin throwers qualified for the NCAA First Round competition, 2 would advance to the NCAA Final where Marissa Hammond claimed All-American honors. The javelin quadruplet combined to produce some impressive season bests- Danielle Stallworth 142’10, Sarah Nichols 148’7, Marissa Hammond 161’10, Sabine Kopplin 169’3. The Wolf Pack throws squad also saw big performances from Alex McAlman in the discus 161’5 and in the hammer 193’9. McAlman qualified for the NCAA Championship Final and finished 19th in the hammer.
Prior to Nevada, Fleming coached at Lane Community College where he worked with one of the top up and coming javelin talents in the US- Cyrus Hostetler. Hostetler was the 2008 NWAACC Champion and record holder in the javelin (241’7). Hostetler had the best community college throw in the nation and went on to represent Lane Community College at the 2008 Olympic Trials where he finished 18th. Hostetler had the 14th best throw in the US in 2008.
Fleming competed at the University of Oregon for two seasons and was a member of the Duck’s 2005 Pac-10 Championship team –finishing fourth in the decathlon . Before Oregon, Fleming competed at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. While at Lane he won the 2004 NWAACC Discus Championship and was the 2004 NWAACC Decathlon runner-up. He was also a two time Junior College All-American.
Fleming graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a degree in Journalism-Creative Advertising. He and his wife Annett, live in Goleta. Fleming’s younger brother Kyle is currently attending the University of Nevada after serving two combat tours while in the US Army.