Nate Brannen begins his fifth season as a volunteer coach, working with the U-M distance corps, after finishing one of the most distinguished running careers in U-M history.
An 11-time All-American in cross country and track, Brannen captured back-to-back NCAA indoor titles in the 800-meter run (2003, '04) to become just the sixth runner to claim consecutive indoor titles in the event. He earned another pair of national titles as an integral member of the Wolverines' distance medley relay team, including a leadoff role in Michigan's world record-breaking performance at the 2004 NCAA meet. With four total NCAA titles, Brannen tied former Wolverine standout Kevin Sullivan (1994-98) for the most national crowns in program history.
An 800-meter specialist through most of his career, Brannen owns the school record in the event for both the indoor (1:47.51) and outdoor (1:46.00) seasons, and in his senior indoor campaign, he blazed the second-fastest mile time (3:55.11) in collegiate history -- missing the record by just 0.11 seconds -- to claim the U-M school mark.
In 2008, Brannen earned a spot on the Canadian Summer Olympic team, running the 1,500-meters. In his first olympic games, Brannan finished four spots out of qualifying range, posting a time of 3:39.10 in the first semifinal which produced seven qualifiers -- five automatic and the next two fastest times overall.