PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University’s Wayne Phipps, the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, announced Wednesday that Yogi Teevens has joined the Cougars as an associate head coach overseeing the sprinters and horizontal jumpers. Teevens joins previously announced coaching staff members, associate head coach Julie Taylor, and assistant coaches Matthew McGee and Allix Potratz-Lee.
Teevens brings 25 years of successful coaching experience to Pullman, including stints at Utah State, Idaho and Tulane.
She comes to Pullman after four years at Utah State where she was as an assistant coach for sprints, horizontal jumps, and relays as well as the recruiting coordinator. With the Aggies, Teevens mentored 28 competitors to Mountain West Conference titles, 118 student-athletes to All-MWC first team honors, 28 participants to NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds, four to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and saw eight school records broken. This past season, Teevens’ sprinters swept conference championships in the 100m, 200m, 400m and both relays. In 2014, Teevens coached 26 All-MWC first team honorees, 13 in each the indoor and outdoor championships, and six student-athletes qualified for the NCAA West Region Prelims in 10 events.
Not a stranger to the Palouse, Teevens spent 15 seasons at the University of Idaho (1996-2010), starting as the women's head coach but was promoted to co-head coach of the men’s and women’s program with Wayne Phipps for 11 years. Teevens focused on the sprints, jumps and multi-events areas during her Moscow coaching stint, and Vandal student-athletes broke school records 38 times, including some records multiple times. Teeven’s tenure at Idaho was marked with continual success including: two women’s team and two men’s team Big West Conference titles, 51 individual conference champions, four conference champion relays, six conference Athlete of the Year honorees, one conference Freshman of the Year award. Additionally, Vandals qualified for NCAA Championships 33 times and earned 16 All-America honors including Idaho’s first woman NCAA champion (Katja Schreiber 2000), and Olympian (Angela Whyte). Teevens garnered Big West Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2003.
Carla “Yogi” Weigel (Teevens) was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Tulane University and was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011 for her accomplishments in basketball, volleyball and track and field. She left Tulane holding indoor and outdoor triple jump school records with her outdoor PR of 40-11 1/2, and her indoor mark of 39-0 3/4. Teevens was honored as Tulane’s Female Athlete of the Year three times and was chosen twice to the All-Louisiana Division I Track and Field Team.
Teevens started her coaching career in 1990 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Tulane, where she coached for five years. She led the Green Wave to its first Metro Conference championship in 1995. After serving one year as the head coach for Wisconsin-Stout, Teevens moved to Idaho.
Teevens has been involved with the USA Track and Field’s youth and elite programs and helped coordinate the officials for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She is married to Sam Teevens and the couple has one son, Cody, and one daughter, Peyton.