Dave Astrauskas
Dave Astrauskas

Position:
Assistant Coach - Throws

Experience:
4th Season

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


Dave Astrauskas, who specializes in coaching the throws, enters his fourth season on the University of Wisconsin men's and women's track and field coaching staffs in 2012-13.

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.

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
• Head Coach, Men's Track & Field, 2005-2009
• Head Coach, Women's Track & Field, 2007-2009
• Assistant Coach, Men's Track & Field, 2002-2005
• Assistant Coach, Women's Track & Field, 2002-2007
Dave Astauskas
Astauskas by the Numbers
Division II Coach of the Year Honors: 14
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
Elite Athletes
• Alicia DeShasier - Gold medalist at 2011 Pan Am Championships, 4 consecutive top-5 finishes at USA championships in javelin, 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier
• Alex Thompson - Runner-up at 2011 USA Junior Championships, finished 6th for Team USA at 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships
• Kelsey Card - 2012 indoor All-American in the shot put, 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier
• Holly Noller - 2006 NCAA Division II national champion in the javelin
• Brian Bishop - Top American finisher in discus at 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships
Championships
• 2012 Big Ten Conference men's outdoor champions
• Dan Block, 2012 Big Ten discus champion
• 18 Great Lakes Valley Conference championships
• 29 individual Great Lakes Valley Conference champions
Individual Awards
• 101 NCAA Division II All-Americans
• 4 NCAA Division I All-Americans
• 5 All-Big Ten Conference honors
• 25 NCAA Outdoor Preliminary Round qualifiers
• 6 USA Track & Field Championships qualifiers
• 8 USA Track & Field Junior Championships 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 nine different events over the past three seasons. In addition, Astrauskas' athletes have added a total of 46 entries to UW's all-time lists between men's and women's events.

Sophomore Dan Block claimed the conference title in the discus at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, while senior Derek Steinbach also secured All-Big Ten honors with a runner-up finish in the javelin -- performances that were key to Wisconsin securing the Big Ten team title.

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

Astrauskas has also contributed to the efforts of Wisconsin's multi-event crews, which have produced eight Big Ten titles in his three seasons mentoring the combined-event athletes in the throws.

The Badgers' success has translated to the national level, as well, with Kelsey Card securing All-America honors in the shot put as a freshman at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Outdoors, Astrauskas has qualified a total of 16 entries on the women's side and nine more on the men's side to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round over his first three seasons.

That includes seven women's entries in 2012, with the Badgers' throws group advancing three athletes to NCAA competition in the shot put, two more in the discus and another pair in the javelin. On the men's side, Astrauskas' group advanced one in the shot put, two in the discus and two more in the pole vault.

Block, Card and Smith all advanced to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, with Block and Card earning second-team All-America honors.

All of the Badgers' success has come in record-setting fashion.

Indoors, junior Taylor Smith set UW's standard in the weight throw at 69-11 3/4 before moving outdoors and breaking school records in both the shot put (53-3 3/4) and discus (182-0).

In addition, Card now owns UW's school record in the indoor shot put at 55-8 1/2, while senior Megan Rennhack broke her own school mark in the javelin at 163-4.

On the men's side, Astrauskas has coached athletes that have knocked off four school records over the past two seasons.

In 2012, Block broke UW's all-time mark in the indoor shot put with a throw of 62-0 1/2 before moving outdoors and setting the standard in the discus at 195-8.

The 2010 outdoor season was also successful for the Badgers, as Robert Dehn earned All-Big Ten honors with a second-place finish in the javelin at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Also, three female athletes and three male athletes participated in eight throwing events at the preliminary round of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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).

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