BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo Track and Field Associate Head Coach Steve Esler has been named team USA coach for the men's decathlon at the Pan American Combined Events Cup. Esler was selected by the USATF to lead the men's decathletes at the Pan American Combined Events Cup which will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from June 17-18.
"This is my first USA Track and Field Coaching position and a great opportunity to gain experience and knowledge at an international level," stated Steve Esler. "The Pan American Coaching Staff has assembled an extremely competitive group of decathletes and heptathletes from around the United States to compete against some of the world's best combined event athletes. I expect the team to represent our country in fine fashion. I'd like to thank the University at Buffalo Athletics Department for their dedication and support during my coaching career; without their help this opportunity would never have been possible."
The 4th Pan American Combined Events Cup will take place at the Terry Fox Athletics Facility at Mooney's Bay. This competition is a meeting of National Teams from across the western hemisphere as well as international heptathletes and decathletes from around the world. The competition is one of ten competitions held around the world that decathletes and heptathletes can use to win the IAAF Combined Events Challenge, which is an annual competition that crowns the World's Greatest All-Around Male and Female Athletes.
Esler just completed his 17th season at UB, 12th as a coach and five as an athlete. He took over as Associate Head Coach for field events during the 2013 season and the Bulls have had some of their most successful seasons under his watchful eye.
Esler helped decathlete Mike Morgan qualify for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and earn first team All-American status after a great performance, setting the program and MAC records while scoring 5,995 points. Morgan then backed up his indoor NCAA appearance with an outdoor NCAA appearance in 2015 as well as finishing in fifth place at the USATF Championships while securing a spot on Team USA for the Thorpe Cup.