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Kyle Tellez begins his 22nd season coaching with the University of Houston. Tellez coaches Houston's student-athletes in the high jumps, pole vault and multi events.
The 2012-13 season was a very successful one for the special events athletes under Coach Tellez. They ended the season with 12 medalists over the course of the season and five first place spots in conference. Among these were Karley King who placed first in pole vault both during the indoor and outdoor championships, Megan Frausto who finished first in the pentathlon, John Horton who jumped for first place in triple jump, and Thomas Lang who not only placed first in triple jump during the outdoor season, but was an NCAA Qualifier as well.
Under Tellez' tutelage, a strikingly large number of athletes have achieved high honors in their respective fields. In just the last few years as coach of the multi-events athletes, Tellez helped guide Wesley Bray to a gold at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in the decathlon, qualify for the NCAA Championship and break the school record in the heptathlon all within the 2011 indoor season. Tellez coached another student-athlete to be an NCAA qualifier in 2011: Alex Bentley who qualified for pole vault during the outdoor season.
Since he began coaching Houston's jumpers, pole vaulters and multi-athletes, Tellez has produced two-time NCAA long jump champion Jenny Adams and an outstanding seven All-Americans including Krystal Ward, Rhian Clarke, Nick Decker, Ifoma Jones, John Davis, Nathan Labus and Edwina Ammonds. Adams concluded her collegiate career as the 2000 NCAA outdoor long jump champion and 2001 NCAA indoor long jump champion.
Ward began her career with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and won the pentathlon and heptathlon at the Conference USA Championships twice in the same year. Clarke had a fifth-place finish in the pole vault at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing in fourth place at the 2001 NCAA Indoor meet, and seventh at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Decker had a sixth-place finish in the high jump at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Tellez also coached Jones, who was a four-time All-American after finishing in fourth place in the heptathlon and in seventh place in the high jump at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Tellez has tutored several Conference USA men's champions, as well as several athletes who earned the title CUSA Athlete of the Year. Tellez has coached a variety of champions in a variety of fields. Towards the beginning of his career he coached a trio of C-USA women's champion throwers, in addition to the league's first pole vault champion, Denise Darre. In 2000, Tellez lead Ron Veillon to his third straight C-USA indoor heptathlon championship and later to be the 2003 C-USA decathlon champion. Before Houston began competing in Conference USA in 1997, Tellez also tutored four Southwest Conference champions.
As a collegiate distance runner, Tellez ran for Houston's cross country and track teams in 1984-85. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Houston.
Kyle Tellez was born on June 5, 1966, in Fullerton, California. Tellez has two children, son TK and daughter Annie. He is the son of Houston's Hall of Fame head coach Tom Tellez.