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Michael Eskind
Michael Eskind
Position: Assistant Coach - Jumps/Multis/Pole Vault
Alma Mater: Wake Forest '03
Experience: 3 Years

Michael Eskind is in his fourth season at Stanford, coaching the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events.

Cardinal athletes have had great success under Eskind, including Darian Brooks, the two-time defending Pac-12 men's triple jump champion and school record-holder (52-6 3/4), and pole vaulter Dylan Duvio, who placed third in the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships and ninth in the U.S. Championships as a sophomore (best 18-2 1/2).

One of the biggest highlights for Stanford men's track and field in recent years was the emergence of decathlete Harrison Williams. In his second collegiate decathlon, Williams broke Stanford's oldest record, the 63-year-old mark set by Bob Mathias while winning the gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. 

Williams went on to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships and repeated as U.S. junior champion while breaking the U.S. junior record. His personal and school record is 7,806 points.

in 2013. Long-jumper Karynn Dunn earned her third All-America honor and high jumper Jules Sharpe earned his first.

In all, 13 of Eskind's athletes established themselves in the Cardinal all-time outdoor top 10 lists, including four additions in 2015.

Eskind came to Stanford from University of Virginia, where he served in the same role for four seasons. He coached Cavaliers to four Atlantic Coast Conference individual championships, four school records, and five NCAA meet appearances. Among them was Marcus Robinson, now a Stanford volunteer assistant, who set an ACC indoor triple jump record and became Virginia's first All-America in the men's jumps in 35 years.

Eskind also has worked with two of the top female triple jumpers in the country, each winning U.S. Olympic trials championships: Shani Marks in 2008 and Amanda Smock in 2012.

Eskind was a decathlete at Wake Forest, where he graduated in 2003 with degrees in political science and education. He earned his master's in exercise and sport sciences with a focus in athletic administration in 2005 from University of Florida, where he began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant.

Eskind was an assistant at Boston University for two seasons, designing training plans for athletes in the sprints, vertical jumps, throws, and multi-events.