2000 Olympian and two-time national indoor shot put champion Andy Bloom brings his expertise to the UC Davis program as an assistant coach on the Aggie staff. He also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for entire UC Davis athletics program.
Bloom made his first Olympic team in 2000, finishing third in the shot put at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento. His mark of 70-10.75 at the Trials was an outdoor PR. He went on to place fourth at the Sydney Games with a throw of 68-5.75. Bloom finished the 2000 season ranked second in the world, with a season-best mark of 71-7.25.
The Schenectady, N.Y. native graduated from Wake Forest in 1996, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors each year. As a senior, he capped his career by winning both the NCAA shot put and discus titles, becoming only eighth man in collegiate history to win that double.
Bloom later won a silver medal in the discus at the 1998 Goodwill Games, and captured gold in the shot at the 1999 World University Games. He also finished fourth in the shot at the World Outdoor Championships in 1999. He won the shot put at the USA Indoor Championships in 1999 and 2000, posting a PR throw of 70-10.5 during the latter.
Bloom finished his masters degree in education in 1998 and plans to eventually go into teaching. He and his wife Terri have a one-year-old daughter, Samantha Pearson and are expecting another baby in September.