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 Rock Light
Rock Light

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Experience:
Seventh Year


05/06/2012

May 5 Red Raider Open Quotes

Quotes from Saturday's Red Raider Open

High Jump | Pole Vault | Decathlon


Served as an assistant coach from 2006-08 and as associate head coach from 2008-12

Rock Light is in his seventh season with the Red Raiders and serves as the vertical jumps and combined events coach.

Light had one of his best seasons at Tech in 2010 with four All-Americans, four Big 12 titles and two freshmen of the year honors achieved. He was also honored at the Mountain Regional Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year on the men's side.

Bryce Lamb earned All-America status in the indoor long jump and won Big 12 titles in the indoor long jump and indoor triple jump by setting new meet records in each event. Lamb was named Big 12 Performer of the Year, High-Point of the Meet and Freshman of the Year and the first Big 12 student-athlete to win all three in the meet.

Shade Weygandt re-wrote the Tech record books in the pole vault during 2010. She set a school record and Big 12 meet record when winning the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Weygandt set the Big 12 meet record and school record during the outdoor season as well. She is the first Tech student-athlete to win a pole vault title indoors and outdoors.

Darrell Roddick earned All-American status in the high jump during the 2010 outdoor season. He was also All-Big 12

The 2009 season showed Light's ability as he instructed Darrell Roddick to qualify for both the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the long jump and triple jump. Amanda Alley and Brian Porter were bright spots as both were named All-Big 12 in the pole vault. The high jump duo of Kelsey Lloyd and Amanda Dowdy also picked up all-conference honors in the high jump.0020

During the 2008 season Light coached Anthony Flemons to his first All-American honor. Flemons jumped 52'-10.25" in the triple at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Flemons also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships as well.

Light continues his legacy at Tech as he hits the recruiting trail and picks up nationally-ranked long jumpers, triple jumpers and pole vaulters. Due to his recruiting abilities, the Red Raiders have depth on the roster for years to come. The latest recruiting class Light brought in the No. 1 returner in the women's pole vault in Shade Wegyandt and the No. 1 returner in the triple jump Bryce Lamb. Rock Light comes to Texas Tech after serving as an assistant at the University of Oregon for two seasons.

A highly-regarded coach at the collegiate, U.S. and international levels for three decades, he helped the Duck women jumpstart their transition process with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, as selected by Track and Field News. In the 2005 season, the men's squad was crowned Pac-10 Champions and the team finished second overall at the West Regional Meet and ninth at the outdoor national meet. The men's duck squad also finished sixth as a team at the indoor national meet.

Light was named the 2005 Pac-10 Men's Co-Coach of the Year as he coached student-athletes to seven new school records. He coached two All-Americans, co-coached one National Champion, and instructed 13 top five all-time indoor performances and 17 top 10 all-time outdoor performances.

Prior to his arrival in Eugene, Light was better known for his success at Louisiana State as the team's recruiting coordinator and mentor for their heralded men's and women's multi-events, high jump and men's hurdle student-athletes. As an assistant coach for six seasons from August 1989 through August 1995, his athletes claimed four NCAA titles (men's and women's high jump, heptathlon and decathlon), 15 All-America performances, 13 SEC titles and 12 school records. The LSU men and women combined for 11 NCAA team titles, eight SEC titles and 19 top-10 NCAA team finishes. In that stretch, he also coached post-collegian Charles Austin, 1996 Olympic gold medalist, 1991 World Championships gold medalist and Olympic record holder (7'-10").

In his previous coaching position, he served as men's and women's head track and field and cross country coach at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (January, 1983-July, 1989). He guided SWTSU to a pair of Southland Conference titles (and six runner-up finishes) to go along with five Gulf Star Conference crowns.

Individually, his athletes won seven combined league titles and 21 All-America honors. In return, he was named 1989 NCAA District VI Coach of the Year, and overall was a seven-time Southland and Gulf Star Conference Coach of the Year honoree.

Light began his coaching career as women's track and field and cross country head coach at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., for two seasons (August, 1980- August, 1982). He was honored as NAIA National Coach of the Year following his team's NAIA cross country win in 1981 (and then-meet record low 25 points), and outdoor national runner-up finish in 1982. Individually, his athletes claimed four individual track and field and cross country crowns, two NAIA national records and 15 All-America plaques.

In between his LSU and Oregon stints, he worked as a financial advisor in Baton Rouge, La., from 1995-2003, and also served as a USA Track and Field lead instructor for coaches' education since 1991. He has instructed coaches in Level II jumps and combined events, and assisted in developing the course curriculum for both Level II programs.

As a student-athlete, he was a two-time All-America sprinter at Adams State, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation in 1979, and added a master's degree in exercise physiology in 1980.

A native of Lamar, Colo., Light and his wife Shanny have two sons, Tyler and Brett.

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