Cody Fleming recently completed his fifth season with the Gauchos and the fourth as the program’s Associate Head Coach. Responsible for the Throws, Decathlon, Heptathlon and High Jump.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Fleming’s athletes have won 16 Big West Championships in five different events, set 5 school records and qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round 26 times. His athletes have produced a total of 37 Big West medals. Fleming has guided four athletes to the NCAA Championships in the Javelin, Hammer, High Jump and Decathlon.
Since 2012, Fleming has developed 41 different Big West scoring athletes.
2016 was another successful season for the UCSB Field Events as Jessica Emde qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump after winning consecutive Big West titles in the event. Newcomer Tyler Nelson took the Big West title in the decathlon with a score of 7220, making it four decathlon wins in five years for the Gauchos. Matthew Kuskey reached the NCAA First Round with a javelin throw of 222'0 and Melissa Rake rewrote her javelin school record with a throw of 160'1. Sophomore Jeremy Franklin threw a hammer PR at the NCAA First Round, 202'5, moving to fifth All-Time for the Gauchos. Freshman Hope Bender placed third in the Big West Heptathlon, 5114, and 400m hurdles, 59.74. Bender also placed fourth in the conference 100 hurdles with a 13.87w effort. JR Tori Usgaard scored 5075 in the heptathlon to place fourth at the conference finale.
Fleming helped two throwers advance to the NCAA Championships in 2015- Albert Hughes and Thomas Gore-Schreck. Hughes had a season best throw of 209'3 in the hammer while Gore-Schreck erased a fifteen year old UCSB record in the javelin and had a season best throw of 234'3.
At the Big West Championships along with Emde, Sophomore Darion Williams, decathlon, and Thomas Gore-Schreck, javelin, each took home conference wins.
During the 2013 season, Fleming’s athletes won six Big West individual event titles including a historic three throw gold medal haul for senior thrower Irene Kujore.Kujore became the first athlete in Big West history to claim gold in the hammer, shot and discus in the same championship meet.Kujore's season bests of 193’5 hammer, 51’7 shot and 166’4 discus all qualified her for the NCAA First Round.
Also in 2013, Derek Masterson took home his second consecutive decathlon championship and upped his personal best to 7631, a school record on the new scoring tables. Masterson, also a talented javelin specialist claimed his third career Big West Championship by winning the javelin with a lifetime best heave of 218’3. Fleming also guided Mitch Haag to a third consecutive Big West win in the high jump. Haag’s personal best of 7’2 ½ puts him second all-time in the UCSB record book.
Showing a wide range of ability, two of Fleming’s throwers would go on to set UCSB records at the 2013 Big West Championship- in the sprints and jumps. Grace Esslinger, set personal bests of 13.95 in the 100H and a new school record of 11.80 in the 100m. Esslinger also ran on the school record setting 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Veronica Gines a talented hammer/long jumper for the Gauchos, set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 19’5 ½ at the Big West Championships. That jump came 2 hours after she finished 5th in the women’s hammer throw.
In 2012, the UCSB high jumpers had a stellar season claiming the first three spots at the Big West Championship. 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. Mike Guerra added to the Gaucho throws efforts by placing second in the Big West javelin with a mark of 219'1. 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 7138.
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 also found success indoors in the weight throw with a season best of 64’9 ¼- establishing the benchmark for the UCSB indoor record board.
Prior to arriving at UCSB, Fleming spent three years coaching at the University of Nevada where he helped field some talented 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 throws squad sent three athletes to the NCAA Championships. Alex McAlman qualified for the NCAA Final in the women's hammer and had bests of 193’9 in the hammer 161’5 discus and 58’2 in the weight throw. Four Nevada javelin throwers qualified for NCAA West Regional Meet, two 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. Not to be outdone were the Nevada vertical jumpers. La Tijera Avery claimed the WAC Indoor high jump title and went on to record an outdoor leap of 5’10 ½. Indoor the Nevada jumpers placed 1-2 while outdoor they recorded 2-3-4 WAC finishes.
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 and was a member of the Duck’s 2005 Pac-10 Championship team –finishing fourth in the decathlon. Prior to Oregon he attended Lane CC and won the NWAACC title in the discus and was runner-up in the decathlon.
He holds a CSCS certificate from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the NASM and has a Throws Specialist certification from the USTFCCCA.
Fleming also coaches his wife Annett, who competes for Germany in the heptathlon. Fleming recorded two 6,000+ scores in 2015 with a best of 6051. In addition, he mentored Derek Masterson, a former UCSB decathlete, to top-ten finishes at the 2014 and 2015 USA Outdoor Championships and 2014 Pan Am Cup.
Fleming graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism and received an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri in Educational and Counseling Psychology. He is married to the former Annett Wichmann, a four-time track and field All-American while at the University of Hawaii.
Fleming By the Numbers
* 16 Big West Champions
* 39 NCAA West Regional Qualifiers
* 7 NCAA Championship Qualifiers
* Athletes have set 5 UCSB School Records