One of the top throws coaches in the collegiate ranks, Doug Reynolds continues to develop throwers who are competitive at a conference and national level in his sixth season at Alabama. Reynolds guides the Tide's men's and women's athletes in the weight and hammer throws, shot put, discus and javelin. Reynolds' efforts have produced impressive results in his first five years at the Capstone.
Over the course of his career as a collegiate coach, Reynolds has coached four NCAA champions, a collegiate record holder, 38 All-America selections, 24 conference champions and 73 all-conference performers.
In 2016, Reynolds' throws squad made history at the SEC Championships, rewrote the Alabama all-time performance charts and turned in multiple national Top 20 marks.
At the SEC Outdoor Championships in Tuscaloosa, his men's discus squad finished 1-2-3-5 in the event, sweeping the medals for the first time in school history. Freshman Daniel Haugh's first place finish was the first for Alabama in the event since 1987. Haugh, Kord Ferguson, Joe Williams and Hayden Reed went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Ferguson also joined Kyle Felpel in the shot put while Elias Hakansson qualified for nationals in the hammer for the second time in his career. In all, eight Alabama throwers appeared in the men's national Top 20 rankings in either the shot put, discus, hammer throw or javelin.
Hakansson wrote his name into Alabama's all-time performance list in the hammer throw four times in 2016 with the sixth-, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-best throws in school history. McLean Lipschutz and Kevin Shannon posted the fifth- and seventh-best school marks in the javelin while Reed posted the ninth-best throw in the discus and Ferguson and Felpel moved into fifth and tenth, respectively, in the shot put.
On the women's side, Haley Teel qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put and now owns four of the top 10 school marks in the shot put and five of the top 10 in the discus. Danielle McConnell finished third in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships and enters the 2016-17 season holding two school top 10 marks in the event.
Reynolds' throwers began making their mark on the Tide record book in 2013. Freshman Elias Hakansson rewrote the top-10 lists in the indoor men's weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw, as he shattered the school records in both events multiple times over the course of the season. Hakansson earned SEC All-Freshman honors indoors and outdoors, finishing third in the indoor weight throw at the SEC Indoor meet and third in the hammer at the SEC Outdoor Championships. The young Swede went on to place eighth in the hammer at the NCAA outdoor championships to earn All-America honors. Hakansson's multi-event exploits included setting school records in the weight throw (67-6 1/4) and the hammer (214-11) while completely rewriting the Tide's all-time top performances lists in both events – overshadowing the equally noteworthy efforts from teammate Charrodd Richardson, who became the Tide's No. 2 all-time performer in the hammer during 2013.
The Alabama throws squad built on its 2013 success in 2014, earning Reynolds South Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The men's hammer continued to produce results as the Tide developed more quality depth in the throwing events than at any time in the last 30 years. Hakansson continued to excel in the weight throw indoors and the hammer throw outdoors, but he was joined by Richardson, who surprisingly won the 2014 SEC Indoor title in the weight throw as both athletes earned All-America honors and Alabama finished 1-2 in the event at the SEC Indoor Championships. But the highlight of the year was the emergence of redshirt freshman Hayden Reed as one of America's top male discus thrower. After finishing second in the discus at the SEC meet, Reed won both the NCAA and USA Track & Field titles in June. Reed was also named a Second Team All-American at the conclusion of the 2015 outdoor season.
The Tide's women's throwers also have developed under Reynolds' tutelage. In 2012, two Crimson Tide throwers - Amethyst Holmes and Angelica Howard - placed second and third, respectively, in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships. The 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships then saw three Tide athletes - Nia Barnes (fourth), Bekah Hoppis (sixth) and Brittany Hines (eighth) - score points in the javelin while Holmes (seventh) and Lee Stowers (eighth) scored for the Tide in the women's hammer throw. Barnes and Candicea Bernard developed into SEC contenders in both the weight throw and the hammer. Barnes and freshman Danielle McConnell both took home Honorable Mention All-America honors in the hammer throw in the 2015 outdoor season.
Reynolds joined the Tide as throws coach after spending six seasons in the same position at Kentucky, where his student-athletes set seven school records and won nine SEC championships. In his first season at UK, he was named the Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Reynolds coached Kentucky's Colin Boevers to his second SEC discus title, and fourth straight for the Wildcats, plus a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. On the women's side, Mary Angell finished as the 2011 SEC runner-up in the discus and earned a berth in the USA Track & Field Championships. One of Reynolds' star pupils, Ashley Muffet, earned four All-America honors, two SEC championships, two SEC Commissioner's Cups and a 2009 SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year honor.
The 2008 season remains one of the most successful for Reynolds-coached throwers, as Rashaud Scott claimed the NCAA title in the discus and was one of two Wildcats to help Kentucky earn its best point total at the event in school history. In addition to his discus title, Scott added an NCAA eighth-place finish in shot put. Andy Fryman finished eighth in the hammer throw as the Wildcat men finished ninth at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to joining the staff at Kentucky, Reynolds worked in similar capacities at Arizona, Boise State and Kansas. Two of his athletes - Jarred Rome (Boise State) and Scott Russell (Kansas) - went on to compete in two Summer Olympic Games and multiple IAAF World Championships. Rome was a six-time All-American for Reynolds at Boise State and a two-time United States (USATF) outdoor champion in the discus, in addition to making the USA team for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Russell, who competed at Kansas from 1998-2002, earned All-America honors six times, claimed five Big 12 conference titles in three different events, was the 2002 NCAA champion in the javelin and competed for his native Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
A 1998 graduate of the University of Arizona, Reynolds earned national recognition as a Pacific-10 champion in the discus, also earning a No. 1 NCAA ranking in the event. He was the 1996 NJCAA shot put and discus champion and competed in the 1997 and 1999 World University Games, where he won a bronze medal in the discus. Reynolds also was a finalist in the discus at the 1999 and 2003 Pan-American Games. During his career, Reynolds ranked as high as third in the U.S. and 10th in the world in the discus throw.
Reynolds was born in Honolulu, Hi., and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was a standout athlete at Greenway High School. He and his wife Tracy have two children - a daughter, Sadie, and two sons, Owen and Brandt.