Two-time Olympian Martin Maric named USC track and field throwing coach

Athletics | September 02, 2022

Two-time Olympian Martin Maric has been named USC’s assistant track and field coach for throwing, director of track and field and cross country announced Quincy Watts today (2 September).

Maric comes to USC after 10 seasons leading the throwing program at Virginia, where he earned athletes 29 All-America honors, including four national champions. His athletes also won 18 ACC throwing titles during his tenure at Virginia.

In 2022, Maric was named Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Athletic and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), his second time earning this honor. Among the highlights of the 2022 campaign was guiding Claudio Romero to the NCAA discus throwing title. He also led Ethan Dabbs to the 2022 USATF Outdoor Championships javelin throwing title and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

In the 2022 season, four of its athletes won combined ACC titles in the outdoor and indoor seasons. In total, the Virginia throwers set four outdoor school records and two ACC records during the 2022 campaign. He also had an athlete set the Virginia men’s indoor shot put record .

Maric’s group played a key role in Virginia’s program-best third-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships as his athletes scored in five events, totaling all 36 team points. It was the most runs scored by any pitching group since 2002.

Maric is the Croatian national record holder in discus with a score of 222-10 (67.92m) and he represented his home country in discus at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London. He finished 29th in 2008 before finishing 17th in 2012. He was named Croatian Athlete of the Year for this effort in London.

He also represented Croatia at the 2011 World Championships in Dague, South Korea, and at the 2007 and 2009 World University Games.

Maric competed collegiately in California and was an NCAA discus champion in 2009, as well as an All-American in discus in 2008 and javelin in 2007.

Maric spent the springs of 2010 and 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Florida and was an assistant coach at ASK Split Athletic Club in his hometown of Split, Croatia.

Maric graduated from California with a bachelor’s degree in political economy of industrial corporations in 2009. He then completed a master’s program in exercise physiology at Virginia in 2015.

Maric and his wife, Danielle, have a six-month-old son, Elijah.

 

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