Cody Fleming returns to the program for his seventh season at UC Santa Barbara, 2019 being his first year as the Head Coach and Director of Cross Country/Track and Field after serving as the Associate Head Coach from 2011-2017. Specializing in the multis, throws, and high jump, Fleming's athletes have won a combined eight Big West Championships alone in the men's javelin and decathlon since his arrival in 2011.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Fleming’s athletes have won 18 Big West Conference individual titles in six different events, produced a total of 45 Big West top three event placings, set six school records, and qualified for the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds 33 times. Fleming has also guided a total of six athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the Javelin, Heptathlon, Decathlon, Hammer, and High Jump.
In the 2017 season, two of his athletes made NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances in the likes of Matthew Kuskey and Tori Usgaard, both earning Second Team All-American honors. Kuskey placed 15th at the NCAA Championships in the javelin with a throw of 68.25m (223’11"). Kuskey also claimed the Big West Conference Championship Title in the javelin, his fourth time placing at the conference meet. Usgaard finished 16th at the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon and finished with a season's best score of 5551 in the event. Also in the throws, Fleming guided Redshirt Sophomore Kordell Hampton to a new UCSB school record in the discus at 55.50m (182’ 1"). Hampton’s Big West runner-up in the discus in 2017 was the highest a Gaucho had finished in the event in the Big West era. He also guided Valerie Nestor to a number two All-Time UCSB mark in the hammer with her conference runner-up throw of 59.65m (195’ 8"). Sophomore Heptathlete Hope Bender would go on to capture the Big West title in the 400m hurdles (58.87) and nab a surprise second in the 100m hurdles (13.74) for the Gauchos. In one of the more uncommon doubles, one of Fleming's athletes placed in the conference meet in the long jump and hammer in Kiely Gode with marks of 5.83m (19'1.5") and 55.42m (181'10).
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 total decathlon wins in the past five years for the Gauchos. Melissa Rake rewrote her javelin school record with a throw of 48.79m (160' 1").
Fleming helped two throwers advance to the NCAA Championships in 2015, those being Albert Hughes and Thomas Gore-Schreck. Hughes had a season's best throw of 63.78m (209' 3") in the hammer while Gore-Schreck erased a fifteen-year old UCSB record in the javelin with a throw of 71.39m (234' 3"). At the Big West Championships along with Jessica Emde, 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 put, and discus in the same championship meet. Kujore's season bests of 58.95m (193’ 5") in the hammer, 15.74m (51’ 7.75") in the shot put, and 50.70m (166’ 4") in the discus all qualified her for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds for 2013. Derek Masterson took home his second consecutive decathlon championship and upped his personal best to a school record total of 7631 points. Masterson, a talented javelin specialist, also claimed his third career Big West Championship by winning the javelin with a lifetime best heave of 66.54m (218’ 4"). Mitchell Haag would capture his third consecutive Big West Conference Title in the high jump, his personal best of 2.20m (7’ 2.5") that season putting him at 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 school records at the 2013 Big West Championship in the sprints and jumps. Grace Esslinger set personal bests of 13.95 in the 100m hurdles 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 relay teams. Veronica Gines, a talented hammer thrower and long jumper for the Gauchos, set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 5.93m (19' 5.5") at the Big West Championships, that jump occurring just two hours after she finished fifth 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 Championships (Haag 2.17m [7' 1.75"], Larocca 2.10m [6' 11"], Villaba 2.05m [6' 9"]). 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, including Umstead, Adam Shigem with 58.11m (190’ 8"), Chris Hamilton with 57.09m (187’ 4"), and Kyle Strawn with 56.10m (184’ 1"). Mike Guerra added to the Gaucho throws efforts by placing second in the javelin at the conference meet with a mark of 66.77m (219' 1"). In the decathlon, Mike Powers compiled with Masterson to help UCSB claim the top two spots at the Big West Championships. Powers added to the All-Time Lists with his score of 7,138 points and was a key placer at the conference meet with his 52.54 effort in the 400m hurdles. The women were led by Irene Kujore, who would go on to win the shot put 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 19.74m (64’ 9.25"), 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, one WAC Champion, three NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifiers, and one NCAA Outdoor All-American.
The 2011 Nevada throws squad sent three athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Alex McAlman qualified for the NCAA Final in the women's hammer and had bests of 59.05m (193’ 9") in the hammer, 49.19m (161’ 5") in the discus, and 17.72m (58’ 2") in the indoor weight throw. Four Nevada javelin throwers qualified for NCAA West Regional Meet and 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 throwing 43.53m (142’ 10"), Sarah Nichols throwing 45.28m (148’ 7"), Marissa Hammond throwing 49.32m (161' 10"), and Sabine Kopplin throwing 51.58m (169’ 3"). Not to be outdone were the Nevada vertical jumpers, with La Tijera Avery in particular claiming the WAC Indoor high jump title that season. She who would go on to record an outdoor leap of 1.79m (5’ 10.5"). 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 United States, Cyrus Hostetler. Hostetler was the 2008 NWAACC Champion and record holder in the javelin with a throw of 73.63m (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 United States in 2008.
As an athlete, Fleming competed at the University of Oregon where he was a member of the Duck’s 2005 Pac-10 Championship team, finishing fourth in the decathlon that year at the conference meet. Prior to Oregon, he attended Lane Community College where he won the NWAACC title in the discus and was runner-up in the decathlon.
Fleming 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 coached his wife Annett, who competed for her native country, Germany, in the heptathlon. Fleming recorded two 6000 plus point scores in 2015 with a best of 6051. She was named the team captain for Germany in the 2015 Thorpe Cup. Annett still currently holds the University of Hawaii school records in the heptathlon and pentathlon. 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.