In 2018-19, Joey VanHoomissen enters his ninth season on the Pirates’ track and field coaching staff and his fifth season as the head assistant coach for both cross country and track and field. As head throwing coach he primarily coaches discus, shot put and hammer and develops the throwers’ strength and conditioning programs. Coach VanHoomissen is a Level 1 Certified USATF Coach.
VanHoomissen also serves the Whitworth athletics department as the Assistant Athletics Director for Facilities.
After spending the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant working with the discus and hammer throwers, he was elevated to the primary discus coach and was instrumental in helping coach three national qualifiers to the 2011 NCAA Outdoor National Championships. He played a key role in the development of Carter Comito, who completed his career as school and conference record holder, three-time NCAA champion, and owned of the nation’s (NCAA DIII) best throw by over 20 feet in 2013. VanHoomissen coached Comito to consecutive Northwest Conference Field Athlete of the Meet titles at the NWC Championships in 2012 and 2013.
VanHoomissen has been honored with the 2013 NCAA DIII West Region Men's Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year and the 2015 NCAA DIII West Region Women's Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
VanHoomissen was an All-American javelin thrower and a NWC champion discus and hammer thrower for the Pirates before graduating in 2009. He is also Whitworth's Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Management.
If you are interested in more information on the Whitworth Track & Field TEAMs, you can contact Coach VanHoomissen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.777.3455.