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Associate head coach Mike McGuire recently completed his 25th season with the Michigan women's track and field program in 2014-15. He has led U-M's cross country team to nine Big Ten titles, including five straight from 2002-06. McGuire was also named the USTFCCCA Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year for the women's distance events in 2005 and 2007.
Under McGuire, Michigan's dominance in the distance medley relay has reached new heights. Most recently in 2015, the Maize and Blue claimed third at the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines captured their 11th straight Big Ten DMR title and placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2014. During the outdoor season, McGuire helped guide sophomore Erin Finn to a successful defense of her 10,000m title at the Big Ten Championships, and at the NCAA Championships, Finn placed fifth in the 5,000m race, becoming the first-ever Wolverine to earn All-American honors at both the 5K and 10K distances. With Brook Handler finishing seventh in the 1,500m run, McGuire guided his senior co-captain to U-M's first back-to-back All-America honors in the event since 2006-07, when he helped Canadian Olympian Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes accomplish the same feat. His guidance helped U-M to its best team finish at the NCAA meet since 2009.
As a freshman sensation, Finn also highlighted the 2013-14 season, winning individual Big Ten titles in cross country, as well as the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter crowns and 10,000-meter title. She became a three-time All-American, including a first team honoree in cross country and outdoor track (10,000m). She garnered several athlete of the year honors, including Big Ten Cross Country Athlete and Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Indoor Track Freshman of the Year, and Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. She was the first runner in Big Ten history to receive all three conference outdoor awards. McGuire also guided Brook Handler to First Team All-America honors as a member of the DMR and in the outdoor 1,500-meter run. Fifth-year senior Jillian Smith became McGuire's seventh student-athlete to be named Michigan's female Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.
In 2013, McGuire helped the distance medley relay team to its 10th consecutive Big Ten title, as well as the program's fourth national championship in the DMR. The relay set a new school record (10:56.46) at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Big Ten meet record (11:11.41) at the indoor conference meet. Individually, he guided fifth-year senior transfer Amanda Eccleston to the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter crowns -- the second Wolverine in three seasons to double in the mile and 1,500m (Rebecca Addison, 2011). Eccleston led a strong middle-distance corps that finished 1-4-5-6 in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and 1-3-4-5 in the 1,500-meter run at the outdoor conference meet. Under McGuire's guidance, Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith led the distance medley relay to four straight Big Ten titles and NCAA Indoor Championship appearances in the DMR during their careers.
In 2010, Smith won the 800-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, en route to being named the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year -- the second athlete McGuire has helped to the award (Katie Erdman, 2003). Smith repeated as the Big Ten indoor 800-meter champion in 2011, while Addison won the event in 2012, making it three straight victories for the Wolverines. Addison also won the 2011 Big Ten indoor mile and outdoor 1,500-meter run.
McGuire coached Geena Gall to her second consecutive national title in the outdoor 800-meter run in 2009, the first time he has coached a back-to-back national winner. He has coached the distance medley relay team to four national titles since his arrival, including the school-record setting relay team in 2013. McGuire has mentored four individual NCAA champions in Gall, Anna Willard (2007 - steeplechase) and Katie McGregor (1998 - indoor 3,000-meter run). Willard also held the American record in the steeplechase (9:27.59) and appeared in the 2008 Olympics. In addition to Willard, McGuire also guided Canadian Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes to her first Olympic appearance in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 London Games.
As associate head coach for U-M's track and field program, McGuire has had a hand in 14 Big Ten team championships, including a pair of Triple Crown wins in 1994 and 2003 (Big Ten cross country, indoor and outdoor track titles in the same academic year).
McGuire helped Michigan produce its first individual NCAA track and field national champion in 1998, when McGregor won the national indoor 3,000-meter run championship. McGuire also directed McGregor to Michigan's first individual NCAA cross country title in 1998. In addition to his NCAA champions, McGuire has manufactured 64 individual Big Ten champions (34 indoor and 30 outdoor), including 2005 ESPN The Magazine All-American Lindsey Gallo and 2002 Michigan Female Athlete of the Year Katie Jazwinski.
The 2007 season was magical for the middle distance and distance corps under the guidance of McGuire. His runners won every 2007 indoor event from the 600-meter through the 5,000-meter, including the distance medley. The middle distance and distance group produced Big Ten titles in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter with Willard winning the latter three. Willard, Katie Erdman and Edwards all won NCAA Mideast Region titles for Michigan. McGuire also led U-M to collegiate records in the 4 x 800-meter and 4 x 1,500-meter relay events at the Penn Relays in April. Willard was named the Michigan Female Athlete of the Year, marking McGuire's fourth student-athlete to earn the honor.
In 2006, Erdman became the first Big Ten athlete to capture a conference title three times (600 meter - 2003, '04 & '06). For the distance group, McGuire coached Alyson Kohlmeier, Rebecca Walter and Erin Webster all to Big Ten titles in the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter, respectively. Walter also became the first U-M runner to capture the 10,000-meter Big Ten title and the first to win the 5,000-meter outdoor title since 2002.
McGuire's cross country teams have finished first or second in the Big Ten Championships in 18 of the last 22 seasons, winning it all in 1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06 and '12. U-M captured the regional championships in 1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12 and '13, while posting 17 top-two finishes -- including a second-place finish or better in 10 of the last 12 seasons. U-M boasts 11 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and has placed among the event's top 15 in all but six times over McGuire's tenure, most notably a second-place finish at the 1994 NCAA Championships and a third-place finish in 2006.
McGuire is one of only two coaches to earn cross country Big Ten Coach of the Year honors three consecutive seasons (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06 and '12). Under his guidance, U-M has posted its best individual and team NCAA cross country finishes. McGuire has coached 112 track NCAA All-Americans (104 first team, 8 second team), and 23 in cross country. He helped guide three-time All-American Molly McClimon to program history as U-M's first women's cross country Big Ten and district champion.
As a Wolverine student-athlete (1976-79), McGuire was an All-American under legendary former U-M men's cross country coach Ron Warhurst. McGuire set the Big Ten three-mile record (now retired) in 1976 while competing with the Wolverine cross country and track teams. He competed on the U.S. cross country team at the World Cross Country Championships in Madrid, Spain, and won the 1981 Detroit Free Press Marathon.
Originally from Matawan, N.J., McGuire earned a degree in social studies and history from the University of Michigan in 1979. He currently resides in Ann Arbor.
McGuire by the Numbers
Nine-time Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12)
Eight-time Great Lakes Region Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2004, '05, '11, '12, '13)
Two-time USTFCCCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year (women's distance) (2005, '07)
Three-time NCAA Mideast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year (women's distance) (2005, '06, '07)
Two-time Great Lakes Region Indoor Track Coach of the Year (2007, '08)
Nine Big Ten cross country team titles (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12)
Nine NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country team titles (1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13)
One NCAA cross country individual champion (Katie McGregor, 1998)
Six NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country individual champions
Seven cross country Big Ten individual champions
Nine cross country Big Ten Freshman of the Year recipients
135 All-America first and second team honorees
23 cross country, 112 track and field
127 first team, 8 second team
Four track and field individual NCAA champions
Four NCAA distance medley relay titles (1994, '98, 2005, '13)
114 Big Ten champions
12 Big Ten distance medley relay titles (2002, '04-'14), including 11 straight from 2004-2014
66 Big Ten individual champions (35 indoor, 31 outdoor)
36 All-Big Ten first team honorees (cross country)
28 All-Big Ten second team honorees (cross country)
Five Penn Relays Championship of America relay titles
Seven Drake Relays relay championships
11 Academic All-Americans (4 first team, 3 second team, 4 third team)
Seven Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients
Coached three collegiate record holders
4x1,500m Relay, 17:15.62, 2007 Penn Relays
4x800m Relay, 8:18.78, 2007 Penn Relays
Anna Willard - 3,000m Steeplechase, 9:38.08, 2007 NCAA Outdoor Champion
Coached one American record holder
Anna Willard - 3,000m Steeplechase, 9:27.59, 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials
Coached two Olympians
Anna Willard - 2008, 3,000m Steeplechase, USA
Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2012, 1,500m, Canada
Coached two IAAF World Championship participants
Geena Gall - 2009, 800m, USA
Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2013, 1,500m, Canada