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  Patrick Pyle
Patrick Pyle

Position:
Volunteer Coach

Alma Mater:
Kansas State


Patrick Pyle has been a volunteer assistant, coaching the high jumpers and writing the physical training for vaulters, at Rice since 2009. He is a USTFCCA Level 2 certified coach in combined events, and a member of the GAIN Network.

While at Rice, he has helped vaulter Chris Pillow win three C-USA pole vault titles and saw Pillow advance all the way to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2014, where he placed seventh.

He is the director and coach of the Owl Athletic Club (post-collegiate track and field training group). He coaches Ryan Harlan, who finished 6th in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (decathlon) and third at the 2013 USATF Indoor Championships. He has coached two IAAF World Championship qualifiers, in Harlan and Darius Draudvila (Lithuania). Draudvila finished 5th in the 2010 European Championships under Pyle's guidance.

In 2013, the Owl Athletic Club added its third member to a World Championship team, as Inika McPherson finished 2nd at the US Championships with a jump of 1.92m (6'3.5"). In Moscow, she finished tied for 14th with a jump of 1.88m (6'2").

Prior to Rice, he coached at Manhattan (Kan.) High School, who won the 2009 State Championship.

Pyle competed collegiately at Kansas State as a multi-event athlete, earning All-Big 12 honors in the decathlon, heptathlon and 4x100m. He earned a bachelor's degree from KSU.

He has taught Introduction to Golf for three years, and is active in Re/Max World Long Drive Championship events.

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