The Nittany Lions track and field program announced the hiring of Lucais MacKay to coach the throwers program on Monday afternoon.
“Through the hiring process Lucais was the name that everyone continued to recommend to us as an outstanding fit at Penn State,” said head coach John Gondak in a statement. “After spending time on campus with our staff and with our athletes – it was clear he will be a great leader for our throws group for many years ahead.”
MacKay coached several standout athletes at his prior stint at Oklahoma State. He also coached at Southeastern Louisiana and Division-III California Lutheran University where he was awarded the D-III Outdoor Women’s Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
In 2003, MacKay took home the NCAA hammer throw title for the University of Georgia, where he was a six-time All-American and eight-time All-SEC thrower.
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“I’m really excited to take over as the coach for the Penn State throws program,” said MacKay. “There is a really rich tradition of success in the throws across all events and I really look forward to bringing my experiences to Happy Valley and continuing that tradition and hopefully improving upon it.”