|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Yogi Teevens (pronounced, tee-vins) joined the Washington State staff in the summer of 2014, bringing 25 years of successful coaching experience to Pullman. Teevens coaches the Cougars sprinters and horizontal jumpers.
In her first year at WSU, Teevens mentored veteran Cougars to outstanding performances and marks. Briaúna Watley ran the second-best 200m dash (23.35) in WSU history and also ran the lead leg of the second-best women‘s 400m relay all-time (44.61). The women’s 1600m relay also ran into the WSU all-time top 10 with the third-best time (3:35.66).
Teevens completed a very productive four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Utah State where she coached the sprinters, the long and triple jumpers, and the relay teams. While in Logan, Utah, 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. Recent Aggie highlights include Teevens coaching Chari Hawkins to back-to-back All-America honors in the heptathlon (2013, 2014) in addition to earning second team All-America honors in the pentathlon in 2014. Hawkins set the school and MWC pentathlon record with 4,173 points, earning MWC Indoor T&F Athlete of the Year. On the men’s sprint side, Teevens mentored Nic Bowens to 2014 MWC 60m and 200m indoor titles, 100m and 200m outdoor titles, setting school records in all four events, as well as the 4x100m relay. Bowens was the MWC Outstanding Male Performer at both the indoor and outdoor championships. To complete the Aggie sprint sweep, Cole Lamborne won the 400m dash at the MWC outdoor meet, and the 1600m relay won the MWC title indoors and outdoors. This past season Teevens coached 26 All-MWC first team honorees, 13 in each the indoor and outdoor championships. Six student-athletes qualified for the 2014 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 in Katja Schreiber (2000), and Olympian in Angela Whyte.
During Teevens’ tenure, the UI women’s track and field team finished 16th at the 2011 NCAA Championships which was the first time women’s track finished in the NCAA top 25, and then took 20th in 2003. The men’s team won the Big West T&F championships in 2000 and 2001, while the Idaho women’s team captured BWC T&F titles in 2001 and 2003 as Teevens garnered Big West Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year honors both years. When UI moved to the WAC in 2005, Vandals thrived with 79 First Team All-WAC honors (top three finishers at conference meet), set six WAC championship meet records and three WAC all-time records. In her final season at Idaho, the women’s team tallied 26 entries into the school’s all-time top-10 performance lists.
Academics was also a high priority for Teevens as Vandals racked up three CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, 17 USTFCCCA DI All-Academic honors, and a pair of WAC Stan Bates Award winners for top student-athletes among all conference sports.
Carla “Yogi” Weigel was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Tulane University and was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 for her accomplishments in basketball, volleyball and track and field. She had a notable career at Henderson County Junior College (Athens, Texas) and was recruited to Tulane to play basketball, but she found success on the volleyball court and also became an award-winning track and field competitor for the Green Wave. Teevens was a primarily a long and triple jumper but also competed in the heptathlon. She was ranked in the top 20 nationally in the triple jump as both a junior and senior. 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.