Assistant Coach Anne Takacs-Grieb enters her 15th season with the Wolverines in 2011, primarily working with the throwers and helping multi-event athletes with throwing mechanics.
She has mentored eight individual Big Ten champions and six All-Americans during her tenure at Michigan. Her athletes have broken every U-M throwing record and have also gone on to compete on the international stage. In 2008, current Wolverine Emily Pendleton and former U-M thrower Melissa Bickett competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Redshirt sophomore Allison Liske also represented Canada at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships.
In 2010, Takacs-Grieb helped freshman Erin Pendleton earn Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year after she won the dsicus at the Big Ten Championships. Her win marked the third consecutive conference triumph in the discus for the Wolverines as older sister Emily Pendleton won the title in 2008 and 2009. Erin Pendleton also broke the school record in the discus during 2010 with a mark of 186-7.
2009 was another a banner year for the U-M throwers, with Emily Pendleton winning her second consecutive Big Ten discus crown while placing ninth at the Outdoor NCAA Championships. Takacs-Grieb also helped Bettie Wade to the 2009 Big Ten indoor pentathlon title and Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors. She placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships to take home All-America honors. Wade finished runner-up in the heptathlon at the Big Ten outdoor championships and third at the NCAA Championships with a school-record 5,876 points. Wade also placed third in the heptathlon at the US Championships this past summer to earn a trip to Berlin to compete at the World Championships.
Takacs-Grieb also landed top throwing recruit Erin Pendleton, an international competitor in the Junior World Championships, in 2009 to join the Wolverines.
Takacs-Grieb guides her throwers through the mechanics of the shot put, discus, javelin, hammer throws and weight throws. She also coordinates the women's track and field strength and conditioning program with special focus towards the Olympic style of lifting to enhance Michigan athletes' speed and kinesthetic awareness.
In 2004, Takacs-Grieb guided Melissa Bickett and Lindsey Stephenson to All-America honors after both captured the Big Ten outdoor and NCAA Outdoor Mideast Regional titles in the discus and javelin respectively. Bickett placed 11th in the discus and 14th in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and Stephenson finished ninth in the nation in the javelin. Both athletes went on to participate in the 2004 Olympic Trials. Ashley Eckel, Janelle Jaha and Bridgette Maynard also advanced to the NCAA Regional as five Michigan athletes qualified for eight regional events. U-M student-athletes have also set Ferry Field records in the discus and hammer throw and U-M Track Building records in the weight throw and shot put.
Takacs-Grieb has two doctors, five lawyers and several engineers among her U-M graduates.
Takacs-Grieb joined the Michigan coaching staff in February of 1997 after serving as assistant coach for the men's and women's track and field programs at Ohio University (1989-97). At Ohio, she coached five Mid-American Conference champions and 12 NCAA provisional qualifying distance throwers.
Takacs-Grieb graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering in 1987 and competed with the Ohio State University track and field program.
Takacs-Grieb resides in Grass Lake, Mich., with her husband, Chuck.
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