Nate Brannen returns for his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Wolverine cross country program.
An 11-time All-American in cross country and track at Michigan, 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. He was a three-time cross country All-American and won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional as a senior (2004).
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 his professional career, Brannen advanced to the 1,500-meter semifinal at the 2005 World Championships behind just two months of training and registered personal bests in the 1,500m and outdoor mile. He was also a silver medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the 1,500m. In 2008, Brannen earned a spot on the Canadian Summer Olympic team, running the 1,500-meters. In his first Olympic games, Brannen 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. In 2009, Brannen qualified for his 3rd World Championship Team in the 1,500m.
A native of Cambridge, Ontario, Brannen graduated from the University of Michigan in December of 2005 with a degree in sports management.
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