Erik Rasmussen
Erik  Rasmussen

Multi-Events/Jumps Coach

Erik Rasmussen is in his second year as the jumps and combined-events coach at Utah State. He has a Level III USATF and a Level V IAAF coaching certification in the jumps.

In his first year at Utah State, Rasmussen coached Leaugen Fray to an indoor Mountain West title in the long jump and a second-place finish in the high jump. Under his direction, the Aggie jumpers and combined-event athletes set eight top-10 marks.

Rasmussen arrived at Utah State after four successful years at Eastern Washington, where he coached the jumpers and combined-event athletes to seven school records, 42 top-10 performances, nine individual conference championships, 24 all-conference finishers, and eight qualifiers to the NCAA Preliminary Championships.

Rasmussen was the pole vault coach at BYU from 2008-2012. During his time there, he coached seven All-Americans to 15 appearances at the NCAA National Championship Finals, and 12 pole vaulters to the NCAA Preliminary Championships. At the NCAA Finals, Rasmussen coached two third-place finishers (Bobby Low and Chris Little), and Victor Weirich, who notched fourth-, fifth-and 10th-place finishes.

From 1998-2003, Rasmussen competed for BYU and finished with a personal best of 17-feet, 4.75 inches in the pole vault. His other personal bests include 6,319 points in the decathlon, 5,244 points in the indoor heptathlon, and 23-2.5 in the long jump.

Rasmussen grew up in Modesto, Calif., where he excelled in the pole vault, jumping 17-feet as a senior. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Rome, Italy. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Rasmussen’s wife, Nicole, also competed for the BYU track team. They have two children, Tate (5), and Bo (2).
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