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Michael Eskind is in his first season at Stanford, coaching the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events.
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, who set an ACC indoor triple jump record and became Virginia's first All-American in the men's jumps in 35 years.
Eskind also has worked with two of the top female triple jumpers in the country for the past six years, 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.