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Mark Guthrie
Mark Guthrie

Assistant Coach - Sprints

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Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Track & Field
Fifth Season

Mark Guthrie, who led the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse men's track and field team to 22 NCAA Division III national championships, enters his fifth year as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 2011. Guthrie, a 2008 inductee into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame, coaches the Badgers in the long sprints, long hurdles and relays.

Mark Guthrie
Guthrie by the Numbers
NCAA Team Championships: 22
Indoor 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997,
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Outdoor 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001,
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Coach of the Year Honors: 27
1994 USTFCCCA National
1995 USTFCCCA Regional
1996 USTFCCCA Regional
1997 USTFCCCA National
1998 USTFCCCA National
1999 USTFCCCA National
WIAC Outdoor
2000 USTFCCCA Regional
WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2001 USTFCCCA National
WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2002 USTFCCCA National
WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2003 USTFCCCA National
WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2004 WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2005 USTFCCCA National
WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
2006 WIAC Indoor
WIAC Outdoor
Elite Athletes
• 1 Olympic Gold Medalist (Andrew Rock, 4x400, 2004)
• 1 World Champion (Andrew Rock, 4x400, 2005)
• 1 U.S. Champion (Andrew Rock, 400 Meters, 2006)
• 5 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers
• 2 U.S. Olympic Festival Competitors
• 22 NCAA Team Championships
• 64 NCAA Individual Championships
• 34 WIAC Team Championships
• 320 WIAC Individual Championships
Individual Awards
• 793 NCAA Championships Qualifiers
• 499 All-America Honors
• 37 WIAC Record-Holders

Guthrie's impact at Wisconsin was immediate after he came on board prior to the 2007 season. He coached sprinter Demi Omole to a runner-up finish in the 60-meter dash at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, an All-America performance that helped the Badgers solidify their first-ever NCAA team title.

Omole also won a second-consecutive Big Ten Conference title in the dash and, earlier that season, Guthrie helped guide him to a UW-record and nation-leading time of 6.55 in the 60 meters.

Outdoors, Guthrie helped Omole win three events at the outdoor conference meet, where he earned Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Championship accolades.

In Guthrie's 19 years as the head coach at UW-La Crosse, the Eagles swept the indoor and outdoor national titles in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. The Eagles captured 12 indoor titles and 10 outdoor championships under Guthrie.

Only five head coaches in NCAA history have won more team championships than Guthrie, including just four track coaches. All but one of those coached both men's and women's teams, however, and Guthrie ranks behind only legendary Arkansas coach John McDonnell in terms of most NCAA men's track and field titles (31).

Only three coaches have won as many NCAA titles in a single sport as Guthrie, led by Kenyon's Jim Steen, who has claimed 27 men's crowns in Division III swimming and diving. Along with McDonnell's 31 men's track crowns, current Texas A&M coach Pat Henry has won 23 women's track titles as head coach at LSU and Texas A&M.

Guthrie was named the Mondo Division III National Coach of the Year by his peers in the United States Track Coaches Association in 1994, '97, '98, '99, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. In addition, he was voted regional coach of the year by the organization in 1994, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Under Guthrie's direction, UW-L won 34 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, and Guthrie was named the WIAC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year a total of 16 times.

In 1997, Guthrie was selected first vice-president of the USTCA Division III and took over as president in December 2000, serving until 2004. Guthrie also was a member of the NCAA Division III Track & Field Committee.

He was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the Aug. 11, 2003, edition and received the 2004 United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award.

Guthrie is currently coaching Andrew Rock, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist. Rock, a 2004 UW-L graduate, was a member of the United State's winning 4x400-meter relay at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. He won the silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships and was a member of the gold medal winning 4x400-meter relay.

Rock also won the 400 meters at the 2006 USA Outdoor Championships. He was a 17-time NCAA III All-American at UW-L.

Guthrie began his coaching career in 1975 at Fennimore (Wis.) High School as the boys' head cross country and track coach, guiding his team to three consecutive state cross country championships. In 1980, he became head coach of the boys' track, girls' track and girls' cross country programs at Naperville (Ill.) North High School.

He is a 1975 graduate of Wartburg College with a bachelor's degree in physical education and history. Guthrie also earned his master's degree in physical education from Chicago State University in 1987.

Guthrie and his wife, Dawn, reside in Madison and are the parents of two daughters, Allison and Anne.

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