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The 2017-18 season marks the seventh for Joe Silvers as a member of UND's track and field coaching staff. Silvers coaches the men's and women's multi and jumping events.
Last season was another one marked by high achievement within Silvers' position groups. Twelve new entries were added to UND's all-time top-10 performance lists, including Kyley Foster's new school records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. Foster tied or broke UND's indoor record three times last winter and became the first female in program history to eclipse 13 feet in the event when she earned All-Big Sky honors with her third-place performance. During the outdoor season, Foster qualified for the NCAA first round for the first time in her career and finished 29th.
Other highlights in the jumps included Zac Ray earning all-conference honors (3rd place) in the outdoor pole vault and Isabel Waite scoring in both the indoor and outdoor high jump at the conference championship.
In 2016-17, Silvers’ student-athletes added 15 more entries into UND’s all-time top-10 lists, nine during the indoor season and six during the outdoor season. Among those marks were new school records in the pole vault and long jump, set by freshmen Kyley Foster and Monica Kuehl, respectively.
Foster was the Big Sky Conference’s top-ranked freshman in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault and finished third at the indoor conference meet to earn All-Big Sky honors. Another freshman stood out on the men’s side, as Nolan Hovland won the Big Sky Conference indoor championship in the high jump, becoming the first-ever Big Sky champion for UND’s men’s program.
The 2014-15 season saw Silvers’ student-athletes continue to challenge the best in the Big Sky Conference, as Rochelle Robb earned all-conference honors in the high jump at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship with a second-place finish. She finished her career ranked fifth all-time in the UND record books with a mark of 5 feet, 7 inches (1.70 meters).
Pole vaulter Tyler Colling also received recognition from the conference. The school record holder in the event, he was named a Big Sky Scholar Athlete at the end of the season, and finished just off the podium in fourth place at the Big Sky Outdoor Championship.
In all, the Fighting Hawks’ vaulters and jumpers added seven new marks to the program's all-time top-10 lists in 2015-16, four on the women’s side and three on the men’s. UND’s pole vaulters also appeared on the cover of VAULTER Magazine in February 2015.
Silvers guided his student-athletes to new heights in 2013-14, including two school records and two Big Sky All-Conference performances. Additionally, Silvers oversaw 23 performances that cracked UND's all-time top 10: 14 by the women's team and nine by the men. Four of those efforts landed all the way in UND's all-time top three.
Junior Tyler Colling twice broke UND's pole vault record, with his second record-breaking performance also landing him a third-place finish at the Big Sky Outdoor Championship. His other all-conference performer was sophomore D'Monte Farley, who finished third in the triple jump at the indoor conference championship.
2012-13, Silvers mentord the likes of junior Jordan Fisk, who broke the school record in both the indoor heptathlon and outdoor pole vaut.
Farley qualified for both the NCAA West Regional and the USA Junior Track and Field Championship in the triple jump while earning USATF All-America honors. In the classroom, Farley was named a USTFCCCA Academic All-American.
Silvers helped guide UND's track and field program to new heights in 2011-12, his first season at UND, coaching four Great West Conference individual champions: Taylor Brett (indoor and outdoor pole vault), Matthew Harris (outdoor pole vault) and Mikaela Hirst (outdoor triple jump).
Those individual titles were among the 13 GWC All-Conference performances by Silvers' student-athletes in 2011-12.
Silvers came to UND after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Idaho State, where he worked primarily with ISU's multi-event student-athletes. One of those student-athletes, Justin Critser, qualified for the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Before beginning his coaching career in 2009, Silvers was a pole vaulter and decathlete at Idaho State from 2004-09.
A two-time letterwinner at ISU, Silvers was a member of the Bengals' Big Sky Conference championship team in 2006 and was the 2009 Idaho Cup pole vault champion.
Silvers graduated from ISU in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a minor in coaching. He received his master's degree in athletic administration from ISU in 2010 and is considering pursuing a degree in sport psychology.
Silvers received his USA Track & Field (USATF) Level 1 coaching certificate in 2010. In July 2012, Silvers attended the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academy and attained Jumping Event Specialist Certification.
He has been published in the USTFCCCA's official publication, Techniques, contributing an article entitled "Mental Training for Track and Field."