Michigan Track & Cross Country Women's Head Coach James Henry


Title: Women's Head Coach

Head coach James Henry recently completed his first year as head coach of the combined-gender University of Michigan track and field program (a role he shares with Jerry Clayton). Prior to the two genders combining their programs in 2017, he completed 33 seasons at the helm of the Michigan women's track and field program. Henry's teams have garnered 168 NCAA All-American citations, 212 Big Ten titles, 17 individual national championships and four national championship relay titles. In the classroom, Henry's athletes have earned 509 Academic All-Big Ten honors, ten Big Ten Medals of Honor (awarded for the highest demonstration of scholarship and athletic ability), three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and 18 Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Henry By the Numbers

  • Personally coached 3 athletes who became Olympians (Nicole Forrester, Tiffany (Ofili) Porter, Cindy Ofili)
  • 17 NCAA Championships individual titles (8 indoor, 8 outdoor) as head coach, including six in his event areas
  • 2 NCAA Championships podium team finishes (3rd outdoor in 2007, 3rd indoor in 2008) as head coach
  • 8 NCAA Championships top-10 team finishes (5 indoor, 3 outdoor) as a head coach
  • 168 All-America finishes* as a head coach
  • 17 Big Ten Championships team titles (9 indoor, 8 outdoor) as head coach
  • 173 Big Ten Championships individual titles as head coach
  • 10 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners as head coach
  • 7 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honorees as head coach
  • 3 Academic All-Americans of the Year as head coach
  • 18 Academic All-Americans as head coach
  • 26 Academic All-District honorees as head coach
  • 75 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals as head coach
  • 100 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honorees as head coach
  • 509 Big Ten All-Academic honorees as head coach

*Relays count as one finish

At Michigan

  • In 2018, Henry led the Wolverine women to six individual Big Ten titles and five All-America honors, resulting in a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and an eighth-place mark at Big Ten Indoors. Also sharing oversight duties for the men's program with Jerry Clayton, the Michigan men added a national title, seven All-America honors and four Big Ten titles with fourth-place outdoor and sixth-place indoor conference team finishes.
  • In 2018, he saw high jumper Claire Kieffer-Wright, distance runners Erin Finn, Haley Meier, Jamie Morrissey and Claire Borchers, and the distance medley relay team all claim Big Ten titles. Borchers, Kieffer-Wright and Meier were joined as All-Americans by heptathlete Aaron Howell and distance runner Sarah Zieve.
  • In 2017, the season culminated with an NCAA Outdoor Championships 1,500-meter national title for Jaimie Phelan -- the first title in that event in Michigan history -- for one of five All-America honors on the year. Gina Sereno earned three such awards -- two individually and one as a member of the distance medley relay -- while Erin Finn was the national runner-up indoors at 5,000 meters. On the strength of those efforts Michigan was top-25 nationally both indoors and outdoors: tied for 14th indoors and tied for 21st outdoors.
  • In 2017, Phelan and Sereno were also among the six Big Ten individual titles won by the Wolverines in 2017. Sereno earned three crowns in the indoor 3,000 and the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000; Phelan won at 1,500 meters outdoors; Aaron Howell won the outdoor heptathlon; and Claire Kieffer-Wright took the outdoor high jump win. Behind the five outdoor individual titles, Michigan was fifth as a team, and took seventh indoors. Henry also guided freshman Jade Harrison to a school record indoors over 400 meters, and she just missed qualifying for the national meet by one spot on the descending order list.
  • In 2016, Henry has helped coach the Maize and Blue to its best season since a program-best year in 2008 with a sweep of the indoor and outdoor Big Ten titles and a national title in the indoor 60m hurdles for Cindy Ofili. During the outdoor campaign, U-M totaled 106 points at the conference meet, its most since 2009, and won gold medals in the 100-meter hurdles, 800 and 1,500-meter runs and the 5 and 10K's. U-M went 1-2 in both middle-distance races and added bronze medals in the heptathlon and high jump to complete the program's first Big Ten sweep since its last triple crown season in 2003.
  • In 2016, his Wolverines won the Big Ten Indoor title for the first time since 2006, totaling 109 points for their best scoring effort in seven years with five event and relay titles carrying the bulk of the scoring. The Maize and Blue also medaled at 600 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles before carrying that momentum into a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships -- third-best in program history. There, Henry helped guide Cindy Ofili to the program's first individual title since 2009 (60-meter hurdles) while Erin Finn and the Distance Medley Relay secured three more first team All-American honors. Ofili ran a record-shattering 7.89, ranked No. 5 in the world at the time and No. 6 in collegiate history.
  • In 2015, Henry guided the Wolverines to their second consecutive runner-up finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He coached Cindy Ofili to a national runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles during the outdoor season, and she broke the program's 100m dash (11.39) and 100m hurdles (12.60) records in the same weekend in Eugene while U-M had its best team finish since the 2009 season, finishing in 19th.
  • In 2015, Henry coached Cindy Ofili to a successful defense of her 60m hurdles crown at the indoor conference meet, and also helped her repeat as the outdoor 100m hurdles champ. U-M's distance medley relay, along with Ofili, competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where DMR finished third, and during the outdoor season, Ofili qualified for the national meet in two events, joined by a pair of 1,500m runners and Erin Finn in the 10K race.
  • In 2014, Henry produced the program's most Big Ten champions since 2009 (8), capturing six individual conference titles and the program's 11th straight distance medley relay crown. Cindy Ofili doubled as the indoor 60-meter hurdle and outdoor 100-meter hurdle champion, while freshman Erin Finn won the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter run and Erin Busbee took home the indoor long jump gold medal. Finn became the first athlete in Big Ten history to be named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Championships in the same season. Under Henry's guidance, U-M sent three individuals and the distance medley relay to the NCAA Indoor Championships and five athletes to the national outdoor meet. Ofili earned All-American first team honors in the 60-meter hurdles (6th) indoors, while Erin Finn (10,000m, 6th) and Brook Handler (1,500mm, 6th) also garnered First Team All-America recognition outdoors. Henry also helped U-M's first heptathlete reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2009, as Aaron Howell recorded a 16th-place finish to earn All-America second team accolades. Fifth-year senior pole vaulter Kiley Tobel capped her career as a Capital One Academic All-American.
  • In 2013, produced its best Big Ten team finishes since 2009, placing third at the indoor conference meet and fourth at the outdoor event. Fifth-year senior Amanda Eccleston captured the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter run titles and also ran the anchor leg of Michigan's NCAA champion distance medley relay, which set a new school record (10:56.46). Rebecca Addison, Jillian Smith and freshman sprinter Maya Long joined Eccleston on the winning relay. The Big Ten DMR (Shannon Osika, Meg Bellino, Smith and Addison) captured the program's 10th-striaght conference crown. In addition to U-M's DMR winning the national title, junior multi-event athlete Erin Busbee finished sixth in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships to propel the Wolverines to a tie for 15th place -- its best team result since 2009. Following the 2013 season, Addison and Smith were named to the Capital One Academic All-America first and second teams, respectively. Addison became the first Wolverine to earn a spot on the first team since 2006.
  • At the 2012 London Olympic Games, three former Wolverines, as well as one U-M graduate student represented Michigan. Tiffany (Ofili) Porter (100 meter hurdles, Great Britain), Geena Gall (800 meters, USA) and Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes (1,500 meters, Canada), as well as Uhunoma Osazuwa (Heptathlon, Nigeria), who currently trains with Henry, each competed for their respective countries.
  • In 2012, Addison and Tobel spearheaded Michigan's success. Addison won the third straight Big Ten indoor 800-meter title for U-M, as Jillian Smith captured crowns in 2010 and 2011. Addison and Smith were also members of Michigan's ninth-straight Big Ten distance medley relay title. Addison and Tobel were each First Team All-Americans in their respective events at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Tobel set new school records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault, while Addison capped the season on the Academic All-America third team list.
  • In 2011,Smith and Addison teamed up at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning the 800- and 1,500-meter titles, respectively, and were also members of the winning distance medley relay team, leading U-M to a fourth-place finish. That duo carried through to the NCAA Indoor Championships, as they were each All-Americans in the 800-meter run and DMR, helping U-M place 18th as a team.
  • In 2010, Henry's newest recruit, freshman Erin Pendleton contributed immediately, winning the Big Ten outdoor discus title and was named conference freshman of the year for her efforts. Pendleton (discus) and Shana Vinson (indoor 400 meter) each set new Michigan records in 2010 that still stand today.
  • In 2009, Henry enjoyed a banner year as he led the Wolverines to an 11th-place showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Tiffany Ofili capped her career with five national titles, winning the 60-meter hurdles (indoor) for the second consecutive season, while winning the 100-meter hurdles (outdoor) for the third year in a row. Geena Gall, a 10-time All-American, won her second consecutive national title in the 800-meter run (outdoor), as both seniors capped their career in grand fashion.
  • The 2009 senior class left its mark on Michigan women's track and field, winning seven national championships with 23 All-America citations. The group accounted for 14 Big Ten championships, earning Athlete of the Year or Championships, six times. In addition to the class' athletic achievements, the group was recognized as Academic All-Big Ten honorees, 32 times.
  • In 2008, Henry guided the Wolverines to a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Maize and Blue earned three national championships, as Ofili took the 60-meter hurdles (indoor) and 100-meter hurdles (outdoor) crowns, while Gall earned top honors in the outdoor 800-meter run. Under Henry's guidance, U-M also earned eight Big Ten titles in 2008. Following the completion of the 2008 collegiate season, 12 current or former Wolverines competed in their respective nation's Olympic trials. Nicole Forrester (1996-99) (Canada) and Anna Willard (2007) (USA) went onto compete in the 2008 Beijing Games.
  • In 2007, Henry won the USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. He led the Wolverines to second place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and the program's fourth-best finish (ninth) -- at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Henry's team tied for first place with Illinois in the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and posted a program-best third place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Five U-M records were broken in 2007 -- Nicole Edwards' indoor mile (4:36.08) and Tiffany Ofili's 60-meter indoor hurdles (7.43) set new marks as did Ofili's outdoor 100-meter hurdles (12.80), Anna Willard's outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:38.08) and Erdman's 800-meter run (1:59.35). Edwards and Ofili topped those records in 2008, while Erdman and Willard's record still stand today. Ofili and Willard each won NCAA outdoor titles in their respective events that year.
  • Henry earned the 12th Big Ten Coach of the Year award of his career in 2006 and was named the USTFCCCA Indoor Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, following U-M's 14th Big Ten title and its seventh title in the last nine chances. Henry's squad took the 2006 Big Ten indoor title -- the program's eighth -- while finishing second in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships as the Wolverines narrowly missed out on winning their fourth triple crown. Michigan posted its third-best finish in program history at the NCAA Indoor Championships (13th place) and the second best finish in program history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (13th place).
  • In 2004, Henry guided U-M to its third straight Big Ten outdoor championship -- the fourth in seven years (1998, 2002, '03), earning coach of the year honors along the way, while the Wolverines secured a second place finish in the Big Ten indoor championship. U-M captured seven Big Ten individual crowns and one relay title, as well as nine NCAA All-America honors, including three for Lindsey Gallo and two for Katie Erdman. Six U-M records were broken in 2004, including the 1,500-meter, which had stood for 21 years. Six U-M athletes competed in the Olympic Trials with 1996 graduate Courtney Babcock competing for Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Off the track, Gallo was the 2004 and 2005 CoSIDA Women's Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year, while Melissa Bickett earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • In 2002, Henry's squad swept the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships for the third time during his tenure, earning him conference coach of the year honors. Henry guided the 2003 Wolverines to the third and fourth consecutive Big Ten team titles, as the Maize and Blue captured both the indoor and outdoor league crowns for the second straight year. He earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year.
  • Henry began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant with the Michigan men's and women's track and field teams, working with U-M's first women's track coach, Red Simmons and then Francie Kraker Goodridge, who assumed the helm in 1982. Henry has been a part of every Michigan team that has won a Big Ten title since the Wolverines captured their first crown in 1982 -- an indoor championship. In 1985, legendary U-M Athletic Director Donald Canham hired Henry as the third head coach in the history of the program. Henry guided Michigan to seven top-30 finishes at the NCAA Championships in his first five years at the helm, adding 10 All-America honors to the resumes of his student-athletes in the process.
  • The seed for Michigan's success in women's track and field was planted when Henry added Mike McGuire and Arnett Chisholm to his coaching staff in 1990. McGuire, who competed in cross country and track for the Wolverines, returned to Ann Arbor after two seasons as an assistant track and field coach at Kansas, while Chisholm moved to the women's side after working as a volunteer assistant with the Michigan men's track and field program.
  • Henry's moves began to pay dividends in 1994 with the program's first Big Ten outdoor title, triggering a string of success that included the program's first triple crown in 1994, and another triple crown in 1998. Henry's 1998 Wolverine team captured both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten crowns as well, while also producing Michigan's first individual NCAA champion (Katie McGregor in the indoor 3,000-meter run) and its second national champion distance medley relay team.
  • A 1980 Michigan graduate, Henry earned a bachelor's degree in education, while lettering four years on the Wolverine track and field team (1977-80), specializing in the long jump. Henry was the first U-M athlete to long jump 25 feet and his collegiate-best jumps still stand as Michigan's fourth-best indoor and third-best outdoor performances. He won the 1980 Big Ten long jump title, and helped U-M to the 1978 indoor, 1978 outdoor and 1980 outdoor Big Ten team championships. A three-time record holder at the Central Collegiate Championships, Henry qualified four times for the NCAA Championships.
  • Active in a number of Washtenaw County community organizations, Henry resides in Ann Arbor with his wife, Michelle, daughter, Kamilah, and son, James II.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Men's Head Coach Jerry Clayton


Title: Men's Head Coach

Jerry Clayton recently completed his first season as the head coach of the combined-gender University of Michigan track and field program (a role he shares with James Henry), and his fifth season as a head coach at Michigan after leading the men's program for four years. Additionally, he oversees a Wolverine throws corps that has produced All-Americans in each of his five seasons in Ann Arbor. A Big Ten alum and Midwest native, Clayton took over the Wolverine program for the 2014 season after spending the previous 15 seasons at Auburn University.

Clayton by the Numbers

  • Has coached 2 World champions
  • Has coached 2 Olympic Medalists (Silver, Bronze)
  • Has coached athletes in each of the last four Olympic Games and six World Championships
  • Michigan athletes have broken school records in eight events during his tenure, including 1 record-holding relay and 6 record-holders in his event groups
  • Has coached 16 individual NCAA Champions
  • Has coached 95 All-Americans and one All-American relay team
  • Has coached 111 conference champions, including many in the Big Ten and SEC
  • Has All-Americans in 7 of 9 Field Event groups
  • NCAA Great Lakes Region Outdoor Head Coach of the Year (2016)
  • Has coached 67 NCAA Regional qualifying entries at Michigan, including a program-record 20 in 2016

At Michigan

  • In 2018, helped lead a Michigan men's track & field and cross country program that was the only school in the Big Ten to score at the NCAA Championships in cross country, outdoor track & field and indoor track & field. Michigan was also the only team in the conference to finish top-six in the Big Ten Championships in all three sports. Under his direction, the U-M men's track and field team produced a national champion in Ben Flanagan (10,000 meters), seven All-America honors, eight NCAA Championships qualifiers, and four Big Ten champions.
  • In 2018, he personally coached Joe Ellis to school records in the indoor weight throw (23.64m/) and outdoor hammer throw (73.80m/), and Andrew Liskowitz to a school record in the outdoor shot put (20.28m/). Ellis combined with Grant Cartwright in the weight throw to become the No. 2 duo in collegiate history in terms of combined marks at a single meet. Ellis earned First-Team All-America honors in the weight throw, Liskowitz earned Second-Team honors in the shot put both indoors and out, and Cartwright was a Second-Team All-American shot putter outdoors.
  • In 2018, saw pupil Cartwright finish his career as one of only two men in collegiate history to have surpassed 23.00m in the weight throw, 68.00m in the hammer throw, 58.00m in the discus, and 19.50m in the shot put.
  • The 2017 season saw continued growth for the program under Clayton, with particular success for his student-athletes at the individual level. The Wolverines earned seven All-America awards between the indoor and outdoor seasons, led by a national runner-up honor for weight thrower Cartwright and two first-team awards for Ellis. At the team level, his men tied for 22nd at the NCAA Indoor Championships, tied for 41st at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, tied for seventh at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and tied for eighth at Big Ten Outdoors.
  • In 2017, his throws pupils Cartwright and Ellis, as well as decathlete Steven Bastien, made history and made waves at the national level. Both Cartwright and Ellis broke the indoor school record for the weight throw multiple times, with the two ultimately finishing first and second at the Big Ten Championships and second and seventh at the NCAA Championships, respectively. Cartwright's runner-up finish was the best in school history for the weight throw, and the best in any men's throwing event since 1957. Outdoors, Cartwright was one of the best all-around throwers in the nation, one of only a handful of men to finish the season ranked top-50 in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
  • In 2017, Cartwright advanced to NCAAs in the shot put (with teammate Andrew Liskowitz) and scored in all three events at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Ellis would follow up with an eighth-place hammer throw finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the first top-eight finish for Michigan in the event since 1933 after winning Michigan's first Big Ten title in the event since 1930. Bastien took fourth in the NCAA Outdoor decathlon with a school-record 8,015 points for the best finish in the event in school history.
  • The 2016 season was the best of the Clayton Era from a team perspective. U-M finished tied for 13th in the nation outdoors, the program's second top-15 finish in the last 55 years and the first since 1997. Five athletes earned All-American citations, including a national steeplechase champion in Mason Ferlic and the program's first-ever decathlon All-American, Steven Bastien, who re-broke his own program record. Michigan was second at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with 90.5 points -- both program-highs since the 2008 season -- and placed fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, just two points shy of a runner-up placing. Michigan's 20 athletes sent to the NCAA East Preliminary Round marked a program-best.
  • In 2016 at the outdoor championships, U-M was the only program to score in every field event except the long jump, totaling five all-conference honorees in all (three first-team). At the indoor meet the Wolverines captured two conference titles and broke school records in three events. Under his guidance, Bastien would go on to earn First-Team All-America honors in the heptathlon, an honor the distance medley relay team also earned.
  • In 2015, U-M featured a pair of individual conference champions and a fifth-place finish at the Indoor Big Ten Championships. Clayton guided two Wolverines to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Derek Sievers, who set the indoor shot put record early in the 2015 season, earned All-America second team honors by finishing 11th. Clayton also helped U-M to its first-ever All-American in the heptathlon, guiding Bastien to an eighth-place finish and the new U-M indoor program record.
  • In the spring of 2015, Clayton helped direct 10 Wolverine athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, including a pair of throwers in Sievers and fifth-year senior co-captain Cody Riffle, who went on to earn USTFCCCA Honorable Mention recognition at the NCAA Championships. Sievers and Riffle also set the indoor and outdoor program records in the shot put, respectively, during the 2015 season.
  • In his first season at U-M in 2014, he guided fifth-year senior Bradley James to the Big Ten outdoor high jump title and helped 13 student-athletes advance to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, including eight field event athletes. Under Clayton's direction, Derek Sievers qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put, where he earned All-America second team honors. In his event areas, eight Wolverines moved into Michigan's all-time top 10 performance list during the 2014 indoor and outdoor seasons, including Cody Riffle, who set a new school record in the outdoor shot put.

Before Michigan

One of the nation's top field event coaches, Clayton has successfully developed individualized training programs for the sprints, hurdles and the field events. His work has produced 16 NCAA individual champions, 39 international team competitors, 24 qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials and 33 participants in Olympic Games and World Championship competition.

Clayton has coached 88 NCAA All-American student-athletes. He has had 158 athletes qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships and 114 individual conference champions. In addition, Clayton has coached athletes that won individual NCAA titles in seven of the nine field events, with competitors receiving All-America accolades in each field event.

During Clayton's 15 seasons at Auburn (1998-2013), the Tigers won the 2006 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field championship. He helped Auburn to 18 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships (indoor and outdoor), including 10 top-five finishes. Clayton personally coached 10 NCAA national champions, had his student-athletes earn 51 All-America honors and 34 SEC individual titles. He had 79 performers qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Clayton spent three seasons (1995-98) as the University of Florida's field event coach prior to joining the Auburn staff. During his tenure, Clayton helped the Gators produce 13 qualifiers for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, receiving eight All-America honors, three individual SEC champions and 10 All-SEC honors. He helped the Gators program to one top-10 finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships and four top-three finishes at the SEC Championship.

Prior to joining the Florida staff in 1995, Clayton was the head men's and women's track and field coach at Southwest Texas State for six seasons (1989-94). He led the Bobcats to a combined four Southland Conference championships, including the first men's outdoor SLC title in program history during the 1993 season. Clayton led the men's team to a program-best seventh place finish at the 1990 NCAA Outdoor Championships and the women's team placed 13th at the 1994 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was named the 1991 Region VI Coach of the Year and the Southland Conference Coach of the Year on four occasions.

Clayton was an assistant men's track and field coach at his alma mater, the University of Illinois, for nine seasons (1980-89) before accepting the Southwest Texas State position. He helped the Illini to seven Big Ten track and field titles and three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. This includes a runner-up performance at the 1988 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Clayton is a native of Rushville, Ill. He graduated from Illinois in 1980 with a bachelor of sciences degree in physical education. Clayton was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the shot put.

Clayton and his wife, Becky, a former three-time All-American long jumper at the University of Illinois, have two sons: Zach and Nick. Zach played on Auburn's 2010 national championship team, while Nick is a 2013 graduate of the Air Force Academy and has been selected into the pilot's program.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Associate Head Coach Mike McGuire


Title: Associate Head Coach

Associate head coach Mike McGuire recently completed his 28th season with the Michigan women's track and field program in 2017-18. He has led U-M's cross country team to 11 Big Ten titles in 27 seasons, including five straight from 2002-06, and has had a hand in 17 of the program's conference titles, including track and field. McGuire was also named the USTFCCCA Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year for the women's distance events in 2005 and 2007.

McGuire by the Numbers

  • 11-time Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16, '17)
  • 11-time Great Lakes Region Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2004, '05, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16, '17)
  • Two-time USTFCCCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year (women's distance) (2005, '07)
  • Three-time NCAA Mideast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year (women's distance) (2005, '06, '07)
  • Three-time Great Lakes Region Indoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year (2007, '08, '16) and two-time Outdoor Track Assistant Coach of the Year (2016)
  • 11 Big Ten cross country team titles (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16, '17)
  • 11 NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country team titles (1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '16, '17)
  • One NCAA cross country individual champion (Katie McGregor, 1998)
  • Six NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country individual champions
  • Six cross country Big Ten individual champions totaling eight titles
  • Nine cross country Big Ten Freshman of the Year recipients
  • 125 All-America finishes
  • 32 cross country, 93 track and field (77 individuals, 16 relays)
  • Five track and field individual NCAA champions
  • Four NCAA distance medley relay titles (1994, '98, 2005, '13)
  • 95 Big Ten champions
  • 14 Big Ten distance medley relay titles (2002, '04-'14, '16, '18), including 11 straight from 2004-2014
  • 87 Big Ten individual titles
  • 37 All-Big Ten first team citations (cross country)
  • 43 All-Big Ten second team honorees (cross country)
  • Five Penn Relays Championship of America relay titles
  • Seven Drake Relays relay championships
  • 14 Academic All-Americans (7 first team, 3 second team, 4 third team)
  • Eight Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients

At Michigan

In 2018, McGuire guided his women distance runners to great success at both the national and conference levels. From among his charges, Jamie Morrissey (cross country), Gina Sereno (cross country, indoor 3,000), Haley Meier (indoor mile), Claire Borchers (steeplechase), and Sarah Zieve (steeplechase) all earned All-America honors, with Big Ten titles coming by way of Meier (indoor mile), Morrissey (outdoor 800), Borchers (steeplechase), Erin Finn (10,000 meters) and the distance medley relay team. During the post-NCAA season, he guided rising sophomore Alice Hill to a seventh-place finish at the IAAF World U20 Championships in the steeplechase in just her third-ever race in the event.

During cross country, his Wolverines finished ninth in the country behind the All-American duo of Morrissey and Sereno. Their national result came after the Wolverines claimed their third-consecutive NCAA Great Lakes Regional title and their second-straight Big Ten team title. Morrissey and Sereno were also both First-Team All-Big Ten selections, and were joined by Maddy Trevisan and Claire Borchers as All-Region honorees.

McGuire's 2017 track and field season was filled with titles, both at the national and conference level. Highlighting his group's performance was Jaimie Phelan, who claimed the program's first-ever national title over 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, winning by .02 in one of the closest races in championships history after going from last to first on the final lap. Phelan also claimed the Big Ten title at that distance a month earlier, one of four conference crowns his athletes accumulated on the year. The other three belonged to Gina Sereno, who claimed the indoor 3,000-meter and outdoor 5,000- and 10,000-meter victories. Rounding out McGuire's elite corps of distance runners was Erin Finn, who finished runner-up indoors at 5,000 meters as the only woman in college history to run 15:30 or faster in consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships.

The fall's cross country season in 2016 set the tone for the rest of the year, as the Wolverines tied a program-best with a national runner-up finish by a single point to Oregon. Finn led the way with an individual runner-up finish in her final career cross country race, and was joined by Avery Evenson and Gina Sereno as All-Americans. The national finish for the Wolverines wrapped up a season that saw them also win the Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional titles, with Finn winning both of those events individually.

Under McGuire, Michigan's dominance in the distance medley relay has reached new heights. For 15 years running (each year since 2003), McGuire has coached U-M athletes to All-America honors in the DMR. Most recently in 2017 U-M took fifth to post its fifth-straight top-five finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships after taking runner-up at the Big Ten Championships. In 2016, U-M won its 12th Big Ten title in the last 13 seasons and ran to a fourth-place finish at the national meet one year after placing third at the NCAA Championships in 2015. The Wolverines captured their 11th straight Big Ten DMR title and placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2014.

During the 2015 outdoor season, McGuire helped guide sophomore Erin Finn to a successful defense of her 10,000m title at the Big Ten Championships, and at the NCAA Championships, Finn placed fifth in the 5,000m race, becoming the first-ever Wolverine to earn All-American honors at both the 5K and 10K distances. With Brook Handler finishing seventh in the 1,500m run, McGuire guided his senior co-captain to U-M's first back-to-back All-America honors in the event since 2006-07, when he helped Canadian Olympian Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes accomplish the same feat. His guidance helped U-M to its best team finish at the NCAA meet since 2009.

In 2016, McGuire helped U-M to its best season since 2008, the most successful year in program history. He coached two athletes to All-American honors at 1,500 meters (Shannon Osika, Jaimie Phelan), extending the streak to four straight years with at least one U-M top-eight finisher. His Wolverines swept the Big Ten titles for the first time since the program's last triple crown (2003), totaling 109 points indoor and 106 outdoor for their best scoring efforts in seven years. U-M won outdoor titles at 800 and 1,500 meters, and in the 5K and 10K, scoring 80 total points in McGuire's areas of specialty, including 1-2 finishes in both of the middle-distance races. The program's indoor title came on the strength of event titles at 800, 3,000 and 5,000 meters, as well as the Mile Race and the DMR. Distance athletes totaled 86 of U-M's 109 points indoors, and the Maize and Blue also medaled at 600 meters and in the 60-meter hurdles before carrying that momentum into a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. There, Cindy Ofili won the program's first individual title since 2009 (60-meter hurdles) and McGuire guided Finn to runner-up finishes in the 3K and 5K. She came in under the USATF 2016 Summer Olympic Qualifying Standard when she ran a program-best 15:23.16, the fastest runner-up time in NCAA Championships history.

As a freshman sensation, Finn also highlighted the 2013-14 season, winning individual Big Ten titles in cross country, as well as the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter crowns and 10,000-meter title. She became a three-time All-American, including a first team honoree in cross country and outdoor track (10,000m). She garnered several athlete of the year honors, including Big Ten Cross Country Athlete and Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Indoor Track Freshman of the Year, and Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. She was the first runner in Big Ten history to receive all three conference outdoor awards. McGuire also guided Brook Handler to First Team All-America honors as a member of the DMR and in the outdoor 1,500-meter run. Fifth-year senior Jillian Smith became McGuire's seventh student-athlete to be named Michigan's female Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.

In 2013, McGuire helped the distance medley relay team to its 10th consecutive Big Ten title, as well as the program's fourth national championship in the DMR. The relay set a new school record (10:56.46) at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Big Ten meet record (11:11.41) at the indoor conference meet. Individually, he guided fifth-year senior transfer Amanda Eccleston to the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter crowns -- the second Wolverine in three seasons to double in the mile and 1,500m (Rebecca Addison, 2011). Eccleston led a strong middle-distance corps that finished 1-4-5-6 in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and 1-3-4-5 in the 1,500-meter run at the outdoor conference meet. Under McGuire's guidance, Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith led the distance medley relay to four straight Big Ten titles and NCAA Indoor Championship appearances in the DMR during their careers.

In 2010, Smith won the 800-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, en route to being named the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year -- the second athlete McGuire has helped to the award (Katie Erdman, 2003). Smith repeated as the Big Ten indoor 800-meter champion in 2011, while Addison won the event in 2012, making it three straight victories for the Wolverines. Addison also won the 2011 Big Ten indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter run.

McGuire coached Geena Gall to her second consecutive national title in the outdoor 800-meter run in 2009, the first time he has coached a back-to-back national winner. He has coached the distance medley relay team to four national titles since his arrival, including the school-record setting relay team in 2013. McGuire has mentored four individual NCAA champions in Gall, Anna Willard (2007 - steeplechase) and Katie McGregor (1998 - indoor 3,000-meter run). Willard also held the American record in the steeplechase (9:27.59) and appeared in the 2008 Olympics. In addition to Willard, McGuire also guided Canadian Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes to her first Olympic appearance in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 London Games.

As associate head coach for U-M's track and field program, McGuire has had a hand in 14 Big Ten team championships, including a pair of Triple Crown wins in 1994 and 2003 (Big Ten cross country, indoor and outdoor track titles in the same academic year).

McGuire helped Michigan produce its first individual NCAA track and field national champion in 1998, when McGregor won the national indoor 3,000-meter run championship. McGuire also directed McGregor to Michigan's first individual NCAA cross country title in 1998. In addition to his NCAA champions, McGuire has manufactured 64 individual Big Ten champions (34 indoor and 30 outdoor), including 2005 ESPN The Magazine All-American Lindsey Gallo and 2002 Michigan Female Athlete of the Year Katie Jazwinski.

The 2007 season was magical for the middle distance and distance corps under the guidance of McGuire. His runners won every 2007 indoor event from the 600-meter through the 5,000-meter, including the distance medley. The middle distance and distance group produced Big Ten titles in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter with Willard winning the latter three. Willard, Katie Erdman and Edwards all won NCAA Mideast Region titles for Michigan. McGuire also led U-M to collegiate records in the 4 x 800-meter and 4 x 1,500-meter relay events at the Penn Relays in April. Willard was named the Michigan Female Athlete of the Year, marking McGuire's fourth student-athlete to earn the honor.

In 2006, Erdman became the first Big Ten athlete to capture a conference title three times (600 meter - 2003, '04 & '06). For the distance group, McGuire coached Alyson Kohlmeier, Rebecca Walter and Erin Webster all to Big Ten titles in the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter, respectively. Walter also became the first U-M runner to capture the 10,000-meter Big Ten title and the first to win the 5,000-meter outdoor title since 2002.

McGuire's cross country teams have finished first or second in the Big Ten Championships in 21 of the last 26 seasons, winning it all in 1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16 and '17. U-M captured the regional championships in 1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16, and '17 while posting 21 top-two finishes -- including a second-place finish or better in 13 of the last 16 seasons. U-M boasts 14 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and has placed among the event's top 15 in all but seven times over McGuire's tenure, most notably second-place finishes at the 1994 and 2016 NCAA Championships, a third-place finish in 2006 and a fourth-place finish in 2013.

McGuire is one of only two coaches to earn cross country Big Ten Coach of the Year honors three consecutive seasons (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16 and '17). Under his guidance, U-M has posted its best individual and team NCAA cross country finishes. McGuire has coached 125 NCAA All-Americans, aincluding 32 in cross country. He helped guide three-time All-American Molly McClimon to program history as U-M's first women's cross country Big Ten and district champion.

As a Wolverine student-athlete (1976-79), McGuire was an All-American under legendary former U-M men's cross country coach Ron Warhurst. McGuire set the Big Ten three-mile record (now retired) in 1976 while competing with the Wolverine cross country and track teams. He competed on the U.S. cross country team at the World Cross Country Championships in Madrid, Spain, and won the 1981 Detroit Free Press Marathon.

Originally from Matawan, N.J., McGuire earned a degree in social studies and history from the University of Michigan in 1979. He currently resides in Ann Arbor.

Career Highlights

  • Coached three collegiate record holders
  • 4x1500m Relay, 17:15.62, 2007 Penn Relays
  • 4x800m Relay, 8:18.78, 2007 Penn Relays
  • Anna Willard - 3,000m Steeplechase, 9:38.08, 2007 NCAA Outdoor Champion
  • Coached one American record holder
  • Anna Willard - 3,000m Steeplechase, 9:27.59, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials
  • Coached one Canadian record holder
  • Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 1,500m 4:07.61, 8-3-2014 in Sopot, Poland
  • Coached three Olympians
  • Anna Willard - 2008, 3,000m Steeplechase, USA
  • Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2012 and 2016, 1,500m, Canada
  • Geena Gall - 2012, 800m, USA
  • Coached three IAAF World Championship participants
  • Geena Gall - 2009, 800m, USA
  • Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2013, 2015, 1,500m, Canada

Michigan Track & Cross Country Assistant Coach Kevin Sullivan


Title: Assistant Coach

Kevin Sullivan was announced as head coach of the Michigan men's cross country program on July 17, 2014. He also serves as an assistant track and field coach for the distance events, having recently completed his fourth season.

Sullivan by the Numbers

  • NCAA Great Lakes Region Indoor Assistant Track Coach of the Year (2016)
  • Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year (2015, 2017)
  • NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year (2015)
  • Led Michigan cross country to Big Ten team titles in 2015 and 2017
  • Led Michigan cross country to 10th at NCAAs in 2017 and 11th in 2015
  • Has coached two national champions at Michigan (Mason Ferlic, 2016 steeplechase / Ben Flanagan, 2018 10,000 meters)
  • Has coached his athletes to 39 All-American citations, including six in track (two first team), one relay citation (2016, DMR) and two in cross country at Michigan
  • Has coached his athletes to 34 conference titles in track and cross country, including eight track titles at Michigan
  • Has coached his athletes to 10 all-conference honors (eight first-team, two second-team) at Michigan, plus another 10 such citations in cross country (five first team, five second team)

At Michigan

  • In 2017-18, Sullivan guided Ben Flanagan to the NCAA Outdoor Championships title at 10,000 meters, marking the first time since 1989 that a Michigan man had won the event at nationals. Flanagan's NCAA title came after winning the same event at the Big Ten Championships a month earlier, as one of two Sullivan-coached Wolverines to win conference crowns. He also coached former walk-on Aaron Baumgarten to the 5,000 meters title. Flanagan and Baumgarten were part of a senior class that combined to score 41 points between the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor championship meets.
  • In 2017-18, Sullivan led the U-M men to 10th place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships after starting the preseason unranked nationally. Flanagan earned All-America honors at nationals for the Wolverines after winning the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors. Sullivan's squad finished runner-up at the Great Lakes Regional with four All-Region honorees, and they claimed the Big Ten title with three All-Big Ten selections and seven runners in the top-25.
  • In 2017-18, Sullivan helped to guide a Michigan track & field and cross country program that was the only school in the conference to finish top-six at Big Tens in cross country, indoor and outdoor, and was the only school in the conference to score at the NCAA Championships in all three sports.
  • In 2016-17, Sullivan mentored the trio of Ned Willig, Will Sheeran and Connor Mora to sub-four-minute miles in the same race at the Boston U. John Thomas Terrier Classic, with Willig ultimately going on to earn Second-Team All-America honors. Willig would also be a double-scorer for Sullivan at the Big Ten Outdoor championships at both 800 and 1,500 meters, while Mora would score twice in the steeplechase and at 5,000 meters. He also coached Aaron Baumgarten to a double-scoring performance at Big Ten Indoors at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, and advanced seven men to the NCAA East Preliminaries.
  • In 2016-17, Sullivan guided four Michigan men to All-Region honors at the NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional en route to a fifth-place team finish, and Baumgarten to All-Big Ten honors as Michigan took fifth at the Big Ten Championships.
  • In 2015-16, Sullivan coached Michigan's first national champion since 2007 when he guided Mason Ferlic to an NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, just the second steeplechase title-winner in program history. Sullivan helped the Wolverines to the program's best season in 20 years, earning a runner-up finish during the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finishing fourth during the indoor season, two points shy of a second-place showing. That culminated in Michigan's first top-15 national finish since 1997. Mid-distance and distance athletes totaled 46 of U-M's 90.5 points at the Big Ten meet, a program-high since 2008, and Wolverine runners totaled four medals (gold: steeplechase, 5K, 10K; silver: steeplechase) while scoring in the steeplechase and at 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and became the first school in Big Ten history to sweep the steeplechase, 5K and 10K since Wisconsin in 1996. At the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Sullivan's 10 athletes made up half of the team's declarations, a program-record 20 in total. He advanced athletes to the NCAA Championships at 5,000 and 10,000-meters, in addition to the steeplechase
  • In 2015-16, Sullivan coached Ferlic to his third, fourth and fifth career Big Ten titles during his senior season, helping him defend two conference crowns, while also guiding him under the Olympic standard for the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:30 standard; time of 8:27.77). During his final year in Maize and Blue, Ferlic became the first athlete in U-M history to receive votes for the Bowerman Award, track and field's highest honor.
  • In 2015-16, in his second fall at the helm of the cross country program, Sullivan coached the team to its first sweep of the Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional titles with a top-10 NCAA finish since his senior season in 1997. U-M placed three in the top 10 and all five scorers in the top 25 to take the program's first conference crown since 1998, and went on to finish ninth at the national championships, the program's best finish since 2003.
  • In 2014-15 in his first year back in Ann Arbor, Sullivan helped the Wolverines to their best conference finish since 2009 during the indoor season, thanks largely in part to the Maize and Blue being the only program to score in every middle-distance and distance event (800m, mile, 3K, 5K, DMR), a feat they duplicated during the 2016 indoor seeason. He pushed Ferlic to his first career Big Ten titles, winning the 5K indoors and taking home a conference crown in his premier event, the 3,000m steeplechase, during the outdoor campaign.
  • In 2014-15, under his guidance, the Wolverines qualified five distance athletes totaling seven entries across three events for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, where Sullivan helped both Ferlic and fifth-year senior Morsi Rayyan reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships. There, Rayyan picked up USTFCCCA Honorable Mention recognition, while Ferlic earned second team All-America honors.
  • In 2014-15, he guided U-M to its fifth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in his first season, and its best performance in more than a decade. Mason Ferlic took 13th to become the program's first back-to-back All-American since Nate Brannen in 2003-04. Sullivan coached the Maize and Blue to 11th place, the best finish in program history under a first-year head coach.
  • The most decorated runner in school history, Sullivan was a 16-time Big Ten champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American during his Michigan career. He won four NCAA titles, claiming top honors in the mile (1995 and 1998) and the distance medley relay (1995) during the indoor season, and the 1500m run at the 1995 outdoor championships. Sullivan was a nine-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earning the honor each of his four years in cross country, three times in indoor track and field and twice outdoors.
  • In cross country, Sullivan was a four-time NCAA All-American (1993-95, 1997), four-time NCAA regional champion, four-time Big Ten champion, four-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and a four-time all-conference selection. He was also the 1993 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
  • Sullivan graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Academically, Sullivan was a seven-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was the 1998 Spring At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. He was a recipient of the 1998 NCAA Top VIII Award.
  • He was Michigan's male recipient of the 1998 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor. Sullivan was inducted into the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006.

Before Michigan

Sullivan was a three-time Olympian for Canada, competing in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games. He placed fifth in the 1500m run at the 2000 Olympics and is Canada's record holder in three events: 1500m (3:31.71), mile (3:50.26) and 3000m (7:41.61). Sullivan was one of the world's top competitors in the 1500m run for nearly a decade, winning a silver medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 2001 Goodwill Games, and earned the bronze medal in the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final. Overall, he participated in 22 World Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Since finishing his competitive running career, Sullivan has remained involved in the running community. He was the operations manager for the Florida State University track and field team during the 2010 season. Sullivan was responsible for preparing travel, entering student-athletes in competition and assisted with the administration of three home events for the Seminoles. He left FSU to open up Capital City Runners, a full-service specialty running store, of which he is the owner and manager.

Sullivan has stayed close to the Big Ten Conference competition as an analyst for the BTN with various track and field programming. He served as an editorial research assistant for CTV Sports (Agincourt, Ontario) during the 2012 London Olympics.

He has been a volunteer assistant coach for the women's cross country program at Florida State University since 2007. Prior to 2007, Sullivan was a volunteer coach at the University of Illinois with the women's programs (2003-07) and men's program's (2002-03). He also spent four seasons as a volunteer coach with the Michigan men's cross country and track programs from 1999 through 2002.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Assistant Coach Steven Rajewsky


Title: Assistant Coach

Steven Rajewsky recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan men's track and field team, working primarily with the Wolverine sprinters and hurdlers.

Rajewsky by the Numbers

  • Has coached one NCAA champion
  • Has coached six NCAA All-Americans
  • Has coached 35 conference champions, including four at Michigan
  • Has coached 23 school record-holders, including three at Michigan
  • Has coached his athletes to 100 all-conference honors, including 11 at Michigan
  • Has coached seven NCAA Preliminary Round qualifiers at Michigan
  • Has helped student-athletes advance to the NCAA Championships on 8 occasions at Michigan
  • Has been a member of 17 conference title-winning teams as an athlete and coach

At Michigan

  • In 2018, he coached Taylor McLaughlin to his second Big Ten title in the 400-meter hurdles, his second fifth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and a new career-best at 49.10 to qualify for the USATF Outdoor Championships final. Not only did McLaughlin win a conference title in Michigan's fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor meet, Rajewsky also coached Roland Amarteifio to points in both the 400-meter and 110-meter hurdles (where he was a finalist with teammate Sierra Hendrix-Williams), and both relays to points. McLaughlin and Amarteifio were part of a 400-meter hurdles quartet that was ranked No. 6 nationally by the USTFCCCA, with Amarteifio and Hendrix-Williams leading a 110-meter hurdles quartet ranked No. 14 nationally. Indoors, McLaughlin was third at 400 meters and Khoury Crenshaw was a finalist at 60 meters.
  • In 2017 he coached McLaughlin to a Second-Team All-America finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in an 11th-place finish. He was fourth at Big Tens in the 400-meter hurdles and notched a pair of scoring efforts at the Big Ten Indoor meet with sixth-place finishes at both 200 and 400 meters. He also guided Khoury Crenshaw to a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships over 60 meters and to an NCAA East Prelims berth outdoors at 100 meters.
  • In 2016, Rajewsky helped lead U-M to the best season of the Jerry Clayton Era and the best since 1997, as the team earned a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished fourth during the indoor conference meet, just two points shy of second place before tying for 13th during the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He coached McLaughlin to All-American honors in the 400-meter hurdles (5th place) as a true freshman, and McLaughlin went on to win the American Junior (U-20) title in the same event before finishing as the world junior runner-up in a personal-best time of 49.45. Rajewsky worked with Kevin Stephens Jr. as well, helping the Texan native earn a Big Ten runner-up finish in the triple jump indoors with U-M's No. 4 all-time performance in the event. He also scored at the outdoor meet (fifth) and landed No. 7 on the all-time performance list for the outdoor season.
  • In 2016, during the conference outdoor meet, U-M totaled 90.5 points, its highest program scoring performance since 2008. Rajewsky helped Taylor McLaughlin to his first career Big Ten gold medal when he ran 49.80 to win the 400-meter hurdles out of lane one, the fastest time by any freshman in the NCAA in 2016. That came just months after he coached McLaughlin to a new program record in the indoor 400-meter dash (46.42) during his conference championships debut, and Rajewsky also helped U-M break its 12-year old Distance Medley Relay (DMR) record during the indoor season. The squad of Chase Barnett (1,200m), Phil Washington III (400m), Brennan Munley (800m) and Mason Ferlic (1,600m) timed 9:27.67 to break the record at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational (Feb. 20), and with Washington III, switched for McLaughlin, went on to have its first All-American DMR since 2007, placing eighth at the NCAA Championships as the Wolverines secured five All-American honors overall.
  • While multi-events athlete Steven Bastien rewrote the U-M combined events record books, Rajewsky has been right by his side, helping to guide Bastien to one Big Ten title (indoor heptathlon, 2016) and three All-American honors (first team twice both indoors and outdoors, in addition to a second-team indoor). He steadily improved Bastien's sprinting and hurdling events while helping him break and re-set Michigan records in both multi-event competitions.
  • In 2015, Rajewsky helped U-M to its best performance at the Big Ten Indoor Championships since 2009, featuring a pair of individual conference champions and a fifth-place finish. Rajewsky guided Chris Maye to the 60m title, helping him become Michigan's first conference champion in the event since 2009. The Maize and Blue went 1-2-5 in the event, supplying Rajewsky with a pair of all-conference performers in Maye (first-team) and runner-up Codie Nolan (second-team).
  • In 2015, Rajewsky helped Ali Arastu break the 28-year old indoor program record in the 400m dash, formerly held by Omar Davidson, and under his direction, five of the top six times in U-M indoor history were recorded in the 60m dash, including the second-fastest mark (6.70) ever, by John Spooney. During the outdoor season, Rajewsky guided a trio of Wolverines to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, all of whom competed in the 100m dash, giving U-M the most entries in that even in the entire east region, and tied for most in the nation.

Before Michigan

He joined the U-M staff after spending the previous six seasons (2008-13) as an assistant coach at Kent State University, working with their men's and women's sprint and hurdles groups. During his time at KSU, he helped lead the Golden Flashes to eight Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships, including four straight women's outdoor titles (2010-13), three women's indoor crowns (2010, 2012-13) and the 2009 men's indoor championship. Under Rajewsky's guidance, his student-athletes garnered three MAC Athlete of the Year citations and three MAC Indoor Track Performer of the Meet awards. In addition, he coached 28 MAC champions, 64 All-MAC performers, 11 school-record holders, 12 NCAA East Preliminary qualifiers, one NCAA Championship qualifier and three USA Junior Championship participants.

Prior to his stint at Kent State, Rajewsky spent two seasons at Ball State University as a graduate assistant coach (2006-08), working with the Cardinals' jumps, hurdles and multi-event student-athletes. Throughout the Fall of 2006, Rajewsky also gained valuable experience as the interim head coach during a coaching staff transition. Under his watch, Rajewsky's student-athletes recorded nine MAC individual titles, five school records, 19 All-MAC performances, seven NCAA Mid-East Regional qualifying performances and four NCAA Championship qualifying performances. Rajewsky guided two-time MAC record-holder Amber Williams to All-America honors in the 100-meter hurdles, a fourth-place finish at the USA Indoor Championships and participation at the 2007 USA Championships. During his time at Ball State, Rajewsky also earned his Master of Arts in sports administration for higher education in 2008.

Rajewsky is no stranger to Big Ten track and field, earning his start in Division I coaching as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's track and field program at the University of Minnesota from 2004-06. He concentrated on the Gophers' sprints, jumps, hurdles and multi-event groups. In 2006, he helped lead Minnesota to the Big Ten Outdoor championship, guiding six student-athletes to individual conference titles. He also assisted in coaching three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, five school record-holders, seven NCAA Championship qualifiers, six NCAA All-Americans and one NCAA champion (800-meter run).

The Blue Earth, Minn., native was hired to U-M's staff on Sept. 18, 2013. In his own athletic career, Rajewsky was a six-time All-MIAC performer and 2004 team captain of the University of St. Thomas men's track and field program. Rajewsky was a 2003 Provisional NCAA Championship qualifier and helped lead St. Thomas to eight MIAC team titles (indoor and outdoor championships from 2000-04). He graduated from St. Thomas in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a teaching licensure in social studies.

Rajewsky has spoken at, and helped direct, several camps and clinics across the country in both track and field and basketball.

Rajewsky resides in Ann Arbor with his wife Ellannee, a 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 400-meter hurdles, two-time NCAA runner-up in the heptathlon and five-time All-American in the heptathlon and sprints. Ellannee went on to become a successful sprints coach at Washington State University (2004-2014), her alma mater, and she and Steve expect their first child in the summer of 2016.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Assistant Coach Jenni Ashcroft


Title: Assistant Coach

Jenni Ashcroft completed her first year in Ann Arbor in 2017-18 after successful tenures at Cal Poly, Oregon and Wichita State, having coached three individual NCAA champions and more than 40 All-Americans. She has been a part of coaching staffs that won a combined four NCAA team titles and 14 conference team titles. Ashcroft serves as an assistant coach overseeing the jumping events and combined events for both genders.

Ashcroft by the Numbers

  • Has coached or assisted in coaching four NCAA Champions
  • Has coached or assisted in coaching 41 All-Americans, including two at Michigan
  • Has coached or assisted in coaching 14 conference champions, including one at Michigan

At Michigan

  • In 2018 in her first season at Michigan, coached both Aaron Howell (heptathlon) and Claire Kieffer-Wright (high jump) to Second-Team All-America honors. She also guided Kieffer-Wright to the Big Ten Indoor high jump title. She mentored triple jumper Kevin Stephens, Jr., to scoring performances at both the Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships and to a berth at the NCAA East Prelims -- missing the NCAA Championships by just two spots -- and also guided high jumper Katt Miner to a scoring performance at Big Ten Outdoors and a berth to the NCAA East Prelims.

Before Michigan

Having most recently served as an assistant coach at Cal Poly (2013-17) for pole vaulters, high jumpers, throwers and combined-event athletes prior to her arrival at Michigan, her athletes excelled at both the conference and national levels.

Her final season at Cal Poly in 2017 saw her guide Teddy Scranton to the Big West title in the decathlon with the sixth-best score in school history at 7,143 points --  a nearly 1,100-point improvement during his four years under Ashcroft’s tutelage.

Scranton was a core member of Ashcroft’s quartet of Cal Poly decathletes that finished the 2016 season ranked No. 2 nationally (in terms of depth) in the Event Squad Rankings published by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

In 2013 she mentored John Prader to the No. 3 vault in the nation at 5.67m (18-7.25) en route to a Big West title in the event. During her tenure with the Mustangs, Ashcroft also guided high jumper Danielle Bryan to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump, and freshman javelinist Megan Mooney to the Big West title in her event.

Prior to her time in San Luis Obispo, Ashcroft served on the staff at Oregon (2007-12) led by USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and future USATF president Vin Lananna, first as a volunteer assistant before earning a job as a full-time coach in 2011. She showed great versatility in Eugene, overseeing the women’s pole vault and high jump while also assisting Lananna in the cross country and mid-distance disciplines.

That 2011 season was among the best of her career as she mentored Melissa Gergel to the NCAA Outdoor Championships pole vault title with a then-meet record-tying 4.45m (14-7.25) clearance to rank her No. 7 in collegiate history at the time. Her distance-running charges also racked up three national titles, with Jordan Hasay winning the mile and 3,000-meter races indoors and Anne Kesselring taking the outdoor 800-meter crown.

She began her coaching career at Wichita State (2003-06), first as a graduate assistant and then as a full-time assistant coach. Primarily responsible for the pole vault and horizontal jumps, her student-athletes claimed six Missouri Valley Conference titles and 26 all-conference honors, broke 11 school and seven MVC records, and four times appeared at the NCAA Championships.

Her long jumpers in particular achieved great success at Wichita State, combining for two conference titles and eight all-conference performances at the MVC level. Both Jelena Petrovic and Lindsay Eck won league titles and surpassed 20 feet during their time in Wichita, with the duo taking gold and silver, respectively at the 2005 MVC Outdoor Championships.

Ashcroft’s success as a coach flowed directly from her career as a standout pole vaulter at Nevada from 1999 through 2002. After winning her first conference title (Big West) in the pole vault and qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000, she followed that up with WAC conference pole vault titles in both 2001 and 2002. Ashcroft closed out her career with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Off the runway, she was a three-time academic all-conference selection, an Academic All-American and the state of Nevada winner for the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

For all of her achievements, she was honored in 2012 with an induction into the 2012 Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Volunteer Assistant Coach Arnett Chisholm


Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Arnett Chisholm recently completed his 27th season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women's track and field program. He works with the Wolverine sprinters and hurdlers and has helped coach the Wolverines to 16 Big Ten titles and a pair of Triple Crowns.

Most recently, Chisholm helped coach Cindy Ofili to an NCAA Title in the 60-meter hurdles (2016). She broke all three of her sister's program records in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and outdoor 100-meter hurdles on the way to five USTFCCCA All-American honors.

Chisholm helped Tiffany Ofili to five national championships during her career, three in the 100-meter hurdles (2007-09) and two in the 60-meter hurdles (2008-09). At the end of her career, the elder Ofili owned school records in the 60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash and 100-meter dash.

Over the past four seasons (2013 , '14, '15, '16), Chisholm has helped guide Cindy Ofili five Big Ten titles in addition to her national crown, as Ofili swept the indoor 60-meter hurdles and outdoor 100-meter hurdles in 2014 and repeated in both events as a junior in 2015 before becoming the second woman in conference history to three-peat the outdoor hurdles titles in 2016. She qualified for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships with the help of Chisholm, including a 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles. He has helped Ofili to rewrite the program record book, breaking the outdoor 100m dash (11.39) and 100m hurdles (12.60) records in one weekend. She also owns the indoor 60-meter (7.39), 200-meter (23.65) and 60-meter hurdles (7.89) records.

Chisholm guided Vera Simms to consecutive Big Ten Conference individual titles in the 400-meter hurdles in 2002 and 2003. During the 2002 season, Simms became the first Michigan hurdler to claim an individual crown since the inception of the Big Ten Championships in 1982. He also helped Robin Landfair find the form that allowed her to set the 100-meter hurdle school record of 13.42 in 2003. Two of his athletes, Kiana Stringfield and Keri Kirk, scored in the 400-meter hurdles at Big Ten Outdoors in 2005, placing sixth and seventh, respectively. Chisholm joined the Michigan women's track and field coaching staff in November 1990 after serving as a volunteer coach in hurdles events with the Wolverine men's track and field program.

A former Michigan sprinter and hurdler, Chisholm earned four track and field letters (1976-79). He was a member of three Michigan Big Ten Conference 4x100-meter relay championship teams. Chisholm earned NCAA All-America honors in 1978, running with the Wolverines' 4x100m relay squad. Chisholm holds an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Michigan (1979).

He earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Eastern Michigan University in 1990. Chisholm is the dean of admissions at Washtenaw Community College. He and his wife, Debra, and their daughter live in Romulus.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Volunteer Assistant Coach Amanda Eccleston


Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Amanda Eccleston joins the Michigan staff working under head cross country coach and associate track and field coach Mike McGuire, with whom she has worked since she spent her fifth season of NCAA eligibility at Michigan in 2013. Eccleston runs professionally for Brooks.

Recent results include second place in the Sir Walter Miller Mile (2015; Mile), a win at the BU Valentine Invitational (2016; Mile) and third-place finishes at the US Indoor Championships (2016; 1,500 meters) and Millrose Games (2016; Mile) before she placed fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials (2016), narrowly missing a bid to Rio.

She studied biology and biochemistry at Hillsdale College, graduating magna cum laude with honors in biology, before her transfer to U-M in 2012, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology.

As a collegiate athlete, she was a six-time NCAA Division II All-American and three-time NCAA Division II National Champion, earning her titles in the 800 and 1,500-meter races as well as the mile (2012). She was recognized as the USTFCCCA Division II National Female Track Athlete of the Year, Midwest Regional Female Track Athlete of the Year and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Female Track Athlete of the Meet in 2012. She added another national championship as a Wolverine, anchoring the Distance Medley Relay team to a 2013 title with a 4:32 split, and was an All-American during the outdoor season at 1,500 meters.

Eccleston collected two Big Ten titles individually (indoor mile; outdoor 1,500-meter run) and was the runner-up once as well (indoor 3,000-meter run). During cross country season, she earned three varsity letters, qualifying once for the Division II NCAA Championship (2010), where she finished 19th to earn All-America honors (2011). Eccleston was a Midwest Regional champion (2011) and first-team All-GLIAC as well.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Volunteer Assistant Coach Mason Ferlic


Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Mason Ferlic joins the Michigan coaching staff after one of the most decorated careers in recent Wolverine history. He became Michigan's first national title-winner since 2007 and just the second steeplechase champion in program history (Brian Diemer, 1983), when he ran the second-fastest time in U-M history (8:27.16) to solo the 2016 championship race, and he went on to place fifth at the U.S. Olympic Trials that summer. Ferlic was named Michigan's Male Athlete of the Year for 2016 by, The Michigan Daily and The Wolverine, and signed a pro contract with Nike after the trials.

In his five years on campus, Ferlic received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering, accumulating six USTFCCCA All-Academic honors (two cross country, four track and field) and six Academic All-Big Ten accolades during his career. A three-season athlete, he was the recipient of the Big Ten and NCAA Postgraduate scholarships for 2016, and was Michigan's selection as the Big Ten Medal of Honor winner as well, the 20th in program history.

The Mounds Park, Minnesota, native was also a five-time USTFCCCA All-American with three first-team honors. He helped restore U-M's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) tradition to glory as a senior by helping to capture its first All-American finish since 2007, and ran the anchor leg of the school record-breaking relay earlier in the season, previously held by a relay team that featured three Olympians.

Ferlic owns five individual Big Ten titles in the indoor 5,000-meter run (2015-16), outdoor 5,000-meter run (2016) and the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (2015-16), and was the first athlete in men's program history to receive votes for The Bowerman Award.

Ferlic was a major component of Michigan's program turnaround in recent years under head coach Jerry Clayton. As a senior, he helped the team to a top-five indoor conference finish for the first time since 2009, and during the outdoor campaign U-M finished second in the Big Ten before tying for 13th nationally, the team's best finish since 1997 and just the second top-15 finish in the last 55 years. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, he became the first Big Ten athlete since 2002 to sweep the 5K and steeplechase events, and earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships recognition.

In cross country, he earned one national Athlete of the Week accolade, three All-Great Lakes Region honors (2013-14-15) and three All-Big Ten recognitions (first team; 2014-15, second team; 2013). In 2015, he helped the team to its most successful season in nearly 20 years by leading the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Title since 1998 and the program's first Big Ten and Great Lakes Regional title sweep since 1997, led by his individual title at the regional meet. In all, he tallied 11 Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors (six cross country; five track and field) during his career, and was the team's top-finishing athlete in each of the final 18 cross country races of his varsity career.

Michigan Track & Cross Country Volunteer Assistant Coach Craig Miller


Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

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Michigan Track & Cross Country Volunteer Assistant Coach Nicole Sifuentes


Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes has joined the Michigan Women's Cross Country and Track and Field coaching staff, working closely under cross country head coach and track and field associate head coach Mike McGuire. A two-time Olympian for Canada, Sifuentes has been with McGuire since her own time as a Wolverine (2006-09), and the two have continued working together now that Sifuentes is running professionally for Saucony. Recently, they reached their second Olympic games together, as Sifuentes advanced to the 1,500-meter semifinal round in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sifuentes was a member of the 2005 national champion distance medley relay and became a 10-time All-American at Michigan. She earned four straight All-America honors as a member of the DMR (2005-08), three consecutive in the indoor mile run (2006, '07, '08) and three straight in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (2006, '07, '08). Her third- and second-place performances in the mile at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, respectively, led Michigan to ninth- and third-place finishes. Her efforts at the outdoor national meet helped the Wolverines finish third and seventh, respectively, in 2007 and 2008. The pair of third-place finishes are the program's highest to date.

Edwards is a seven-time Big Ten champion, winning three titles in the indoor mile (2006, '07, '08), two as a member of the distance medley relay (2005, '07) and two in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (2006, '08). She was also a member of three Big Ten championship teams -- 2005 and 2006 indoor, and 2007 outdoor. The 2008 team captain holds the Michigan indoor record for the mile run (4:33.23) and is a member of three record-holding outdoor relays -- the 4x800-meter relay (8:18.78), 4x1,500 meter relay (17:15.62) and distance medley relay (10:49.59). In cross country, Edwards is a two-time All-American (2006, '08), as well as two-time NCAA regional champion and Athlete of the Year (2006, '07).

She helped lead Michigan to back-to-back Big Ten team titles in 2005 and 2006. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is now competing professionally for Saucony, also gaining international experience competing for her native Canada. In 2010, she won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the IAAF Continental Cup and was selected to compete for Canada at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She made her first Olympic bid during the 2012 Games and earned the opportunity to compete on the world's biggest stage again in 2016, reaching the 1,500-meter semifinal round. She competed at the World Indoor Championships in 2010, 2014 and 2016, and competed at the Outdoor Championships in 2013 and 2015.