Wayne Cunnings is entering his eighth season as the throws coach for the Mavericks. His athletes have earned All-America honors seven times, broken SLC records thirteen times and broken school records nineteen times. During Cunnings own throwing career at UTA he set the school record in the javelin with a throw of 231'-7" at the NCAA Championships in 1988 en route to an eleventh place finish.
Cunnings coached UTA's first ever female NCAA qualifier Sara Massey, who still holds the school and conference records in the javelin (173'5"). He also coached All-American Jenny Hockett in the javelin in 1992 and All-American Eva Johnson in the heptathlon in 1996. Under Cunnings Marsha French rewrote the conference record books in the shot put five times in 1999 and 2000 throwing 52'1" indoors and 54'11.25" outdoors and earned All-American honors three times. French also broke the school record in the discus with a 166'8" throw at the Texas Relays in 1999.
Cunnings next shot put standout, Ashely Dorsey, proceeded to break all of French's shot put records except one. Five school and conference records later Dorsey finished with the indoor record at 54'8", the outdoor record at 54'11.50" and three All-American honors. She finished sixth, seventh and most recently fourth at the 2002 NCAA Championships and is the only female in UTA history to ever finish higher than seventh at the national championships. Only French's outdoor conference meet record still stands at 54'11.25". On UTA's list of top five performers of all time, Cunnings has now coached more than half of all the throwers listed.
Cunnings graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTA in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree.