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Dave Astrauskas
Dave Astrauskas

Position:
Assistant Coach - Throws

Experience:
6th Season

Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Track & Field
Sixth Season
dla@athletics.wisc.edu


Dave Astrauskas, who specializes in coaching the throws, enters his sixth season on the University of Wisconsin men's and women's track and field coaching staffs in 2014-15.

Astrauskas has sparked a renaissance in the Badgers' throws program for both the men and women, consistently putting athletes on the podium in Big Ten competition and advancing qualifiers to NCAA competition while re-writing UW's record books. Astrauskas record breaking athletes have also altered the NCAA Division I record book as well. In 2014, Astrauskas guided Michael Lihrman to an NCAA Division I record (79-7 1/2) in the indoor weight throw.

The Astrauskas File
Name: Dave Astrauskas
Hometown: Troy, Ill.
Alma Mater: Eastern Illinois, 2001
Coaching Experience
University of Wisconsin
• Assistant Coach, Track & Field, 2009-Present
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
• Director, Track & Field and Cross Country, 2007-2009
• Head Coach, Men's Track & Field, 2005-2007
• Assistant Coach, Men's Track & Field, 2002-2005
• Assistant Coach, Women's Track & Field, 2002-2007
Dave Astauskas
Astauskas by the Numbers
Coach of the Year Honors: 15
2006 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional M-Outdoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference M-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference W-Outdoor
2007 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional M-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference M-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference W-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference M-Outdoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference W-Outdoor
2008 USTFCCCA National W-Indoor
USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional W-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference M-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference W-Indoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference M-Outdoor
Great Lakes Valley Conference W-Outdoor
2014 USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional M-Indoor
Elite Athletes
Alicia DeShasier - Gold medalist at 2011 Pan Am Championships, 4 consecutive top-5 finishes at USA championships, 2008 & 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier, Nike sponsor
Personal Best: Javelin - 191-10
Alex Thompson - Runner-up at 2011 USA Junior Championships, finished 6th for Team USA at 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships
Personal Best: Discus - 190-6
Kelsey Card - Three-time NCAA All-American, 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier, four-time US Championship Qualifer, fourth in the shot put at the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships, U.S. U-23 National Team Member
Personal Bests: Shot put - 58-3 3/4; Discus - 193-4; Weight Throw 63-2 1/4
Holly Noller - 2006 NCAA Division II national champion in the javelin, US Outdoor Championship Qualifier
Danny Block - Four-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Champion, five-time All-Big Ten honoree, three-time US Championships Qualifier
Personal Bests: Shot Put - 65-7; Discus - 200-4
Michael Lihrman - NCAA Division I indoor weight throw record holder, No. 8 all-time weight throw in the world, 2014 NCAA Division I national champion in the weight throw, Big Ten champion in the weight throw, Big Ten weight throw and hammer throw record holder, two-time NCAA All-American
Personal Bests: Weight Throw - 79-7 1/2; Hammer Throw - 233-9
Taylor Smith - Four-time NCAA All-American, All-Big Ten, UW record holer in three events
Personal Bests: Weight Throw - 70-6 1/2; Shot Put - 56-11 1/2; Discus - 182-0; Hammer Throw - 193-0
Championships
• 2012 & 2014 Big Ten Conference men's outdoor champions, 2013- & 2014 Big Ten Conference men's indoor champions
• 18 Great Lakes Valley Conference championships
Individual Awards
• 1 NCAA Division I National Record
• 101 NCAA Division II All-Americans
• 12 NCAA Division I All-Americans
• 3 Big Ten Champions
• 11 All-Big Ten Conference honors
• 51 NCAA Outdoor Preliminary Round qualifiers
• 14 USA Track & Field Championships qualifiers
• 10 USA Track & Field Junior Championships qualifiers
• 3 Team USA Members
• 4 Olympic Trials Qualifiers
• 29 Individual Great Lakes Valley Conference champions
• 188 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors

Under Astrauskas' leadership, Wisconsin athletes have established new school records in 10 different events over the past five seasons. In addition, Astrauskas' athletes have added a total of 54 entries to UW's all-time lists between men's and women's events. Astrauskas expertise spans across all of the throwing events as he has coached a NCAA All-American in each of the men's and women's throwing events.

During the 2014 campaign Astrauskas was named USTFCCCA assistant men's indoor coach of the year for the Great Lakes Region. The Badger men won both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten titles and throwers Danny Block and Michael Lihrman put up big points at both events. He guided Michael Lihrman to and undefeated season which included a Big Ten Championship and NCAA National Championship. Lihrman who was named USTFCCCA Great Lakes Field Athlete of the Year, broke the NCAA Division I record in the weight throw (79-7 1/2) and is #8 on the all-time world list. Danny Block earned All-American honors again at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish. Lihrman broke the UW school record in the hammer at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a third place performance of 233-9.

On the women's side, redshirt Kelsey Card placed fourth at the US Outdoor Championships with a UW record throw in the shot of 58-3 3/4. UW sophomore Brianna Bower set the UW record in the javelin with a throw of 163-10 at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Angela Boushea moved up to number two on the UW all-time list in the hammer with a throw of 189-10. The Badger throwers were well represented at the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary round with a total of 8 entries.

The 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons yielded big throws and a No. 5 NCAA throws program national ranking by thethrowerspage.com. Indoors, Danny Block finished as Big Ten Champion and threw 65-7.50 earning a third-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Block's NCAA performance and UW school record contributed to a third-place team finish for the Badgers. Block was at it again outdoors breaking his own UW school record in the discus with a throw of 200-4. The women were led by Taylor Smith who broke the UW indoor weight throw record (70-6.50) at the 2013 Big Ten indoor meet and finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. Smith also broke the outdoor record in the shot (56-11.50) and the hammer (193'). Kelsey Card was third in the shot put at the 2013 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships and went on to place 13th at NCAA Indoors. In 2013, Wisconsin was the only school in the nation to have representation in every throwing discipline in both genders at the 2013 NCAA Preliminary Rounds.

In all, Astrauskas' men's athletes have secured nine podium finishes in Big Ten competition, while his women's athletes have added five.

Astrauskas has also contributed to the efforts of Wisconsin's multi-event crews, which have produced 12 Big Ten titles in his four seasons mentoring the combined-event athletes in the throws and pole vault. While coaching the men's pole vault from 2010-2013, Astrauskas coached Mickey DeFilippo to a UW outdoor school record in 2011.

Outdoors, Astrauskas has qualified a total of 25 entries on the women's side and 21 more on the men's side to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round over his first five seasons. In 2013, Wisconsin was the only school to have representation in every throwing discipline in both genders at the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round.

Astrauskas came to Madison from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he served as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country for the Cougars. SIUE made the transition to NCAA Division I during Astrauskas' final season at SIUE. He was head coach of the Cougar men since 2005, after three years as an assistant, and also was an assistant on the women's staff from 2002-2007.

Astrauskas was named the Division II National Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2008 indoor season, Astrauskas also earned three Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors from the USTFCCCA.

During his tenure in Edwardsville, he also was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year 11 times, including sweeps of all four conference coaching honors -- men's and women's, indoor and outdoor -- in both 2007 and 2008.

Astrauskas helped SIUE to a total of 18 Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in Division II competition during his first seven seasons on campus.

The Cougars' men's teams won five-consecutive outdoor conference titles from 2004 to 2008, and Astrauskas saw his field event athletes earn 29 individual conference crowns.

Astrauskas guided the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, the best showing in school history. The Cougars totaled 16 All-America honors between the men's and women's teams.

In all, Astrauskas' teams at SIUE produced 101 individual NCAA All-America honors in just five seasons. In the 30 years prior to Astrauskas' arrival, the Cougars' men's program had produced just five All-Americans, while the women's team had just three.

A 2001 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Astrauskas earned degrees in biological sciences and chemistry while competing for the Panthers. He was a 12-time scorer in the Ohio Valley Conference for the Panthers and was part of seven OVC championship teams. Astrauskas is a USA Track & Field Certified Level II coach in the throws and is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Dave and his wife, Katie, have a son Zane and reside in Sun Prairie, WI.

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