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Ron Warhurst
Ron Warhurst

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
36th Season


Synonymous with Michigan cross country, Ron Warhurst enters his 36th season at the helm of the Wolverine men's cross country team. Warhurst is considered one of the finest cross country coaches in the nation and the most successful in University of Michigan history, winning seven Big Ten Championship titles (1974, '75, '76, '80 (tie), '93, '97 and '98) and producing 12 NCAA top-10 teams.

In his 35 years at Michigan, Warhurst has earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors on four occasions (1990, '93, '97, '98) and Regional Coach of the Year honors three times(1997, '98, 2007). In 1974, Warhurst produced his first conference title in just his first season as head coach. It was the Wolverines' first such title in 20 years. He won trophies again in 1975 and '76, giving him three straight titles in his first three years. Warhurst has since accumulated four additional titles, most recently winning back-to-back in 1997 and '98, to give him seven in his career.

Warhurst has coached 21 cross country athletes to 39 NCAA All-America citations while at Michigan, including four-time All-American Kevin Sullivan and a quartet of three-time All-Americans -- Nate Brannen, John Scherer, Bill Donakowski and Greg Meyer. In post-collegiate careers, Warhurst's runners have faired equally as well. At the 1984 Olympic Games, former Wolverine Brian Diemer captured the bronze medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase while Greg Meyer stands as the last American to win the Boston Marathon, earning the distinction in 1983. Most recently, Nick Willis captured bronze in the 1,500-meter run at the 2008 Beijing Games. Over his tenure, Warhurst has coached seven Olympic athletes.

As a collegiate runner himself, Warhurst starred on two NCAA championship teams at Western Michigan University in 1964 and 1965. Following his graduation in 1966, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan. From 1968-70, he served in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Navy Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.

In addition to his cross country coaching duties, Warhurst is in his 36th season as a coach in the Michigan men's track and field program. After nine successful seasons as head coach (1999-2008) -- capped with the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor crown -- Warhurst moved into the role of associate head coach prior to the 2008 campaign. He previously served as an assistant coach for 25 seasons before taking the helm. During his three decades working with Michigan's distance corps, Warhurst has developed 11 NCAA individual champions and led 40 individuals and eight relays to All-America citations. Warhurst also serves as coach and advisor to several top distance runners from around the nation. He is currently vice president for the Board of Directors of Human Services, and was the NCAA Coaches Association president from 1989-91.

Warhurst's Michigan Cross Country Coaching Record

YearBig TenNCAA DistrictNCAA National
19741st3rd12th
19751st2nd22nd
19761st2nd18th
19774th2nd---
19782nd4th21st
19793rd4th13th
1980T-1st2nd7th
19814th8th---
19822nd2nd6th
19832nd2nd17th
19842nd3rd8th
19856th------
19865th5th---
19876th4th---
19883rd3rd16th
19898th18th---
19902nd2nd13th
19912nd2nd6th
19922nd3rd5th
19931st3rd10th
19942nd2nd7th
19952nd4th11th
19962nd3rd14th
19971st1st4th
19981st2nd4th
19992nd3rd5th
20007th7th---
20012nd2nd11th
20023rd6th8th
20032nd2nd9th
20045th4th26th
20055th8th---
20062nd7th---
20075thT-1st24th
20082nd2nd24th
20095th10th---


Warhurst's Career Coaching Highlights

• 12 NCAA Championship top-10 teams
• 20 NCAA Regional Championship Top 3 teams
• 39 NCAA All-Americans
•Two-time NCAA Regional Champion (1997, 2007)
• Three-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year (1997, '98, 2007)
• Seven Big Ten Championship titles (1974, '75, '76, '80, '93, '97, '98)
• Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1990, '93, '97, '98)
• Four Big Ten Cross Country Freshmen of the Year
• Five Big Ten Cross Country Athletes of the Year
   

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