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. Pyle also coaches Belle MacFarlane, who won the C-USA Indoor title in the high jump and later advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also write the training for McKenzie Johnson, who was an Outdoor NCAA finalist in the pole vault.
He is the director and coach of the Owl Athletic Club (post-collegiate track and field training group). In 2014, the OAC saw Inika McPherson win the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships and place 12th at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. McPherson also won the USA Outdoor Championships with a PR of 2.00m (6'6.75), becoming the shortest woman to ever clear the two meter barrier, and in turn, setting a height-over-head world record. She finished the 2014 season with the No. 2 jump in the world.
The OAC has produced three IAAF World Championship qualifiers, in McPherson (USA-High Jump), Ryan Harlan (USA-Decathlon, 8011 pts.), and Darius Draudvila (Lithuania-Decathlon, 8032 pts.).
Harlan finished 6th in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials (decathlon) and third at the 2013 USATF Indoor Championships. Draudvila finished 5th in the 2010 European Championships under Pyle's guidance.
In 2013, 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, Pyle 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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