Eric Werksey

Eric Werskey

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Eric Werskey joined the Iowa track and field program in August 2017 after two seasons at California State University Northridge.
In his first season at Iowa, Werskey led the Hawkeyes to four All-America honors, four school records, and two Big Ten championships. Laulauga Tausaga set school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, and discus. She won Big Ten titles in the outdoor discus and shot put, and was a first team All-American in both events, placing fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Werskey guided Reno Tuufuli to first-team All-America honors in men’s discus, and honorable mention accolades in shot put. Tuffuli was a silver medalist in the Big Ten indoor shot put, and placed runner-up in the Big Ten outdoor discus. He also won a Drake Relays championships in the shot put.

In 2016, Werskey made an immediate impact with the CSUN throwers. Brianna Cueva and Daniel Swarbrick each won the discus at the 2016 Big West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the shot put, Dawaun Lucas and Zachary Rosales placed second and third while Cueva took a third in the event as well. 

Also, Werskey coached Monique Griffiths to qualify for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.  On top of being a Trials qualifier, Griffiths also earned a berth on the Team USA roster for the U23 NACAC Championships where she earned a silver medal.

Since graduating from Auburn, Werskey has been training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

At the OTC, he has trained with some of the best throwing athletes in the world and coach Art Venegas. He also worked for Venegas in assisting the development of some throwers, which continued to spark his interest in coaching. 

Werskey has trained with some of the world's best throwers, including Joe Kovacs, Tia Brooks, Whitney Ashley and many others. Werskey credits them with guiding him to be a better competitor as well as understand the dynamics of coaching. 

Werskey was a standout thrower at both Auburn and Indiana. At Auburn he worked under coach Jerry Clayton and was a three-time All-American in the shot put. Clayton was the first coach to steer him towards a coaching career as he would allow to Werskey observe fellow athletes' practices while explaining technique and training.

Werskey is a native of Seymour, Indiana. He graduated from Auburn in 2011 with a degree in Psychology