Marshall Ackley
Marshall  Ackley

Position:
Associate Head Coach (pole vault/multis/jumps)


01/16/2018

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A 2009 outdoor All-American for Oregon, Marshall Ackley joined the Aggie track & field staff in the fall of 2011. Ackley is the Associate Head Track and Field Coach, and works in specific with the Aggie jumpers (both vertical and horizontal) and multi-event athletes. During his time at UC Davis, he has helped achieve success in both jumps and multis, especially in the pole vaulting event, where both the men's and women's school records have come generously during his tenure with the Aggies.

To start off his early UC Davis coaching career, Ackley coached pole vaulters Ethan Ostrom (men’s) and Emily Bush (women’s) to Aggie school records of 17’6.5” and 13’3.5”, respectively, during the 2012 and 2013 season. Ostrom tied the Aggie record, which he shares with Tony Moore (2001), while Bush, who was the first Aggie woman to clear 13 feet since Jennifer Swanson in 2000, still holds the outdoor record outright going into the 2018 season.

Outside of these two athletes’ school record accomplishments, Ostrom narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Finals at the 2013 NCAA West Region Meet after tying for 12th in the standings, but not qualifying due to misses. Ostrom and Mike Peterson, who is fourth all-time after twice going over at 16’10.75,” are just two of 27 NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers Ackley has coached since his time at UC Davis. The UC Davis jumps and multis coach also had student-athletes Kyle Clancy, Erin Beattie, and Drew Xandrine-Anderson qualify to the Junior Track and Field Championships.

Aside from Ostrom and Bush, the Oregon alumnus helped the following student-athletes set UC Davis school records:

  • Katie Barber (women’s high jump, 2014 & 2015)
  • Catherine Li (women’s triple jump, 2014)
  • Holly Tokar (women’s pole vaulter, 2017)
  • Bertsch (women’s high jump, 2017)
  • Erin Beattie (women’s high jump, 2017)
Beattie tied Barber’s record during the 2016 outdoor season, but finished her 2017 slate by breaking the shared record between her and Barber, as well as the short-lived high jump record earned by Bertsch earlier in the season, with a 5’10.75” jump at the Big West Conference Championships.

In addition to Beattie’s accomplishments during the 2017 year, she became Ackley’s first student-athlete at UC Davis to receive NCAA All-American honors. 

In Big West Conference play, the Oregon graduate has coached 67 student-athletes so far to top eight finishes at the conference championships, which includes two runner-up finishes by Ostrom, and nine Big West Conference first place titles from the following: 

  • Lauren Radke (women’s pole vault, 2012)
  • Emily Bush (women’s pole vault, 2013)
  • Holly Tokar (women’s pole vault, 2014)
  • Catherine Li (women’s triple jump, 2014)
  • Ariel Maroon (women’s pole vault, 2015)
  • Kyle Clancy (men’s high jump, 2016 & 2017)
  • Erin Beattie (women’s high jump, 2017)
  • Basil Okoroike (men’s triple jump, 2017).

In coaching the multis, seven of Ackley’s former and current athletes occupy top 10 all-timers places in the UC Davis record book:

  • Beattie (women’s heptahlon, No. 2)
  • Tori Edwards (women’s heptahlon, No. 5)
  • Emma Redick (women’s heptathlon, No. 6)
  • Kira Reinecker (women’s heptathlon, No. 7)
  • Jaleah Calvillo (women’s heptathlon, No. 8)
  • Murphy Nicholson (women’s heptathlon, No. 9)
  • Kyle Clancy (men’s decathlon, No. 7)

To highlight on Ackley’s own accomplishments as a student-athlete, he finished fifth in the decathlon at the Pacific-10 Conference meet as a sophomore, before improving to second and third in his final two seasons. As a junior, he scored a PR of 7,470 points to finish 12th at the national meet, earning All-America status.

However, it was Ackley's performance at the 2010 NCAA Championships that etched his name in the storied history of Oregon track & field. In pursuit of a second All-America award, the Nyssa, Ore. native pulled his left hamstring during the pole vault. Ackley posted a no-height finish in that event but refused to withdrawal from the event. He continued to compete in the final two events, the javelin throw and 1,500-meter run.

His leg tightly bandaged due to his injury, Ackley limped around the track, receiving a standing ovation from an appreciative home crowd of nearly 12,000. It took him more than seven minutes to complete the race, but Ackley's courage arguably stole the show in his final collegiate meet at OU's Hayward Field.

Ackley remained with the Oregon program as a volunteer assistant for multis coach Harry Marra. He also coached and trained alongside Ashton Eaton, the world heptathlon record holder.

Ackley earned his degree in history from Oregon.