UW hires Guthrie as assistant track coach

Long-time UW-La Crosse men's track and field coach Mark Guthrie has been hired by Wisconsin as an assistant men's track and field coach. Guthrie has won 21 NCAA Division III team titles and has coached 62 individual NCAA Champions.

Mark Guthrie's list of accomplishments reads more like a fable than a real-life résumé. But it is true that in 19 years as the head men's track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Guthrie's teams have won a seemingly preposterous 19 NCAA Division III Championships—12 indoor titles and nine outdoor crowns. Since he took over the program in 1988, he has coached 765 individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, 478 All-Americans and 62 individual NCAA Champions.

It is easier to count up the number of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Guthrie did not win — four — then ones he did — 34. The four teams that did not win the conference title — three in indoor and one in outdoor — all finished second.

Guthrie will move about 150 miles southeast to Madison this summer to take a position as an assistant coach on Ed Nuttycombe's staff at Division I Wisconsin, the UW announced this week. Beginning July 1, Guthrie will be responsible for coaching long sprints, long hurdles and relays for the Badgers.

"We've been blessed to accomplish things far beyond my wildest dreams at La Crosse," Guthrie said. "While I could stay there, I couldn't do more. I looked at the opportunity at Wisconsin to finish my career at a great academic institution that has a great athletic program and coach track and field at the highest level."

The Wisconsin men's track program knows a thing or two about dominance. The Badgers hold sway over the Big Ten and are a regular presence on the national scene. But in track and field circles, the hardware UW-La Crosse has won the past two decades is tough to top.

Guthrie has been named the Mondo Division III National Coach of the Year eight times, and the organization's regional coach of the year 11 times. He has been tabbed the WIAC coach of the year 16 times.

"We're extremely excited to have someone of Mark's caliber and credentials join our program," Nuttycombe said. "He's going to bring a lot of experience and expertise in the sprints, relays and hurdle areas. I look forward to working with him as we continue to build our program."

In addition to finishing up his tenure at UW-La Crosse — the Eagles are competing in the Division III NCAA Outdoor Championships this weekend — Guthrie is currently coaching Andrew Rock and Mitch Potter. Rock was a 17-time All-American at UW-La Crosse who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics with the United States' 1,600-meter relay team. Rock won a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships.

Potter, a nine-time Division I All-American at Minnesota, won a gold medal in the 400 at the 2003 Pan American Games.

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