Enekwechi wins his third straight B1G hammer throw title
The men's throwers have cleaned up the conference awards this season
The total is the highest in program history for the NCAA era
The USTFCCCA released its preseason poll on Tuesday afternoon.
Caleb Fricke has quietly worked his way to become one of best collegiate discus throwers.
In four years working as the throws coach at Purdue, McBride has proven himself as one of the most elite throws coaches in the nation. He has had at least two qualified entries in six of the eight NCAA Championships, indoors and out, since he joined the Boilermaker staff. He has had an athlete compete at every NCAA Championship during his tenure at Purdue.
In just four years at Purdue, McBride has helped six different individuals qualify for a combined 21 NCAA Championship events. He has coached his athletes to six of the eight biggest awards handed out after each Big Ten track and field championship. McBride has coached Purdue throwers to the women's Big Ten Athlete of the Year (top female athlete in the Big Ten in any sport), the men's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, the men's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships, the women's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, the women's outdoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships, the women's indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the women's indoor Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships.
McBride's throwers have broken six different school records numerous times in the last four seasons. His student-athletes have won six Big Ten titles and 19 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. In his four years, McBride has led Boilermaker throwers to 22 NCAA East Regionals qualifying marks during the outdoor seasons. McBride has had at least one Big Ten champion in his group every year since he joined the staff, including one in 2015, two in 2014, one in 2013 and two in 2012.
NCAA Championships Qualifying Throwers Under McBride
Indoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (weight throw, third place).
Outdoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (hammer throw, sixth place; shot put, 22nd place), Micaela Hazlewood (discus, 22nd).
Indoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (weight throw, third place; shot put, 13th place), Dani Bunch (weight throw, third place; shot put, fifth place).
Outdoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (hammer throw, 11th place), Dani Bunch (shot put, fifth place), Caleb Fricke (discus, 21st place).
Indoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (weight throw, third place), Dani Bunch (weight throw, 13th place), Jakob Engel (shot put, eighth place).
Outdoors: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (hammer throw, 14th place; shot put, 14th place), Coy Blair (shot put, 19th place), Dani Bunch (shot put, eighth place).
Indoors: Dani Bunch (weight throw, 14th place; shot put, 16th place).
Outdoors: Dani Bunch (shot put, 15th place).
Last season, McBride coached Enekwechi, a junior, to the second-best weight throw mark in NCAA Division 1 history. Enekwechi threw 24.39m (80-0.25), which ranked second in the country for the season and is the school record. At the NCAA Championships, Enekwechi broke the all-time NCAA Championships weight throw record, when he threw 24.18m (79-4.00) on his final attempt. That mark gave him the lead in the final round, before he ended up finishing third.
McBride also coached Enekwechi to be one of the best all around throwers in the Big Ten. Enekwechi repeated as the Big Ten hammer throw champion, after throwing a school-record 72.77m (238-9). He also finished sixth in the conference at the outdoor Big Ten meet in the shot put. Enekwechi won the silver medal in the shot put and weight throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last season, giving him a total of 29 points scored at the meets combined. McBride also coached Enekwechi to the break the Nigerian national hammer throw record.
McBride coached three individuals to NCAA East Regionals qualifying marks in a total of four events last season, after advancing five individuals to regionals in seven events in 2014. In 2013, six throwers qualified for regionals in seven events, a year after four Boilermakers qualified in McBride's first year on staff.
During his time at Purdue, McBride has coached the throws group to a total of 209 points and 20 medals (top three finish) at Big Ten Championships.
While at Marshall, McBride coached three women's school records. Those records came in the indoor and outdoor shot put as well as the javelin. Along with those records, McBride led his student-athletes to numerous top three marks in multiple events.
Prior to his coaching career, McBride was a standout for Purdue from 2001 to 2004. As a sophomore in 2002, he finished runner-up in the hammer throw at the Big Ten Championships and fifth in the discus, earning him second team All-Big Ten honors. He was also named the team's most improved. In 2003, McBride achieved first team All-American status after placing 12th at the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. In 2004, McBride was an indoor All-American after finishing runner-up at the NCAA Championships in the 35-pound weight throw. He also achieved first team All-Big Ten status during outdoor season after winning the Big Ten Championship in the hammer throw and was again named the team's most improved. McBride was the team captain that season.
McBride graduated from Purdue in 2004 with a degree in selling and sales management. He also minored in organization and leadership supervision. He is now married to his wife, Cheyenne. They have three children, sons Brogan (8) and Maxius (1), and a daughter, Eleanora (5).