Mike McGuire
Mike  McGuire

Head Coach


McGuire Named Regional Coach of the Year for Ninth Time

McGuire Named Region's Top Women's Cross Country Coach


Six Current Student-Athletes Lead U-M's Pan Am Games Contingent

Six Current Student-Athletes Lead U-M's Pan Am Games Contingent


Manett, Miller to Represent Team USA in Scotland on Jan. 11

Women's Harrier Manett, Miller to Represent Team USA in Scotland


Handler, Pogue Selected U-M Captains for 2013 Season

Handler, Pogue Selected Women's Cross Country Captains for 2013


McGuire Adds Eight Harriers to Cross Country, Track Rosters

McGuire Adds Eight Harriers to Cross Country, Track Rosters


Getting to Know Coach McGuire

Mike McGuire, who has coached Michigan women's cross country to nine Big Ten titles, talks about his coaching philosophy, what he likes most about Michigan, what he looks for in a student-athlete, and more.


2012 Women's Cross Country Season Preview

The Wolverines are set for a 2012 season that begins Aug. 31 with the hosting of the Michigan Open.


2011 Big Ten Championships Preview

The 2011 Big Ten Championships is previewed.


Women's Cross Country Michigan Open

Friday, Aug. 31

Mike McGuire is in his 24th season as head women's cross country coach at the University of Michigan. A nine-time Big Ten Coach of the Year honoree, McGuire has established himself among the nation's top distance coaches.

McGuire's cross country teams have finished first or second in the Big Ten Championships in 19 of the last 24 seasons, winning it all in 1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06 and '12. U-M captured the regional championship in 1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13 and '15 while posting 18 top-two finishes and top-four finishes in 23 of 24 seasons under McGuire -- including a second-place finish or better in 13 of the last 18 seasons. U-M boasts 11 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships and has placed among the event's top 15 on 17 occasions over McGuire's tenure, most notably a second-place finish at the 1994 NCAA Championships and a third-place finish in 2006. The Wolverines have notched top-five performances in two of the last three seasons, finishing fifth in 2012 and fourth in 2013.

Under McGuire's tutelage, Michigan's distance corps boasts five NCAA individual champions, 135 NCAA All-America honorees, including 23 cross country and 112 track and field award winners. He guided Katie McGregor to Michigan's first women's cross country NCAA individual title in 1998. McGregor is joined by Erin Finn (2013; '15) as the only two Wolverines in program history with multiple individual Big Ten titles, and only five athletes in conference history have accomplished the feat. On the track, McGuire has also coached four NCAA-champion distance medley relay squads, including the most recent in 2013. He also helped U-M student-athletes shatter 26 school records during his tenure, including indoor and outdoor individual and relay records. Most recently, Erin Finn set indoor and outdoor school records in the 5,000-meter run, as well as a new outdoor 10,000-meter run record.

McGuire's Wolverine cross country teams earned five consecutive Big Ten championships in the early-mid 2000's (2002, '03, '04, '05, '06), finished as NCAA Great Lakes Regional champions in 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13 and '15, and once claimed four straight top-six showings at the NCAA Championships, including a third-place effort in 2006 -- the second-best finish in program history. McGuire boasts nine Big Ten Coach of the Year citations and has been named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year nine times as well.

In his first year as head coach, McGuire won the program's first Big Ten title in 1992 and strung together three consecutive Big Ten championships from 1992-94. During those three seasons, Michigan celebrated its first Big Ten individual champion in Molly McClimon, who captured top billing in 1993. McGuire has coached six Wolverine harriers to the Big Ten individual crown, including McGregor who claimed back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998.

In addition to his cross country duties, McGuire has served as associate head coach and assistant coach for Michigan's women's track and field program for 25 seasons. With his assistance, Michigan has captured 14 Big Ten Conference championships and has won three triple crowns (Big Ten cross country, indoor and outdoor track titles in the same academic year).

McGuire was named head women's cross country coach in 1992 after two seasons as an assistant coach. He joined the Michigan staff in 1990 after holding coaching and recruiting positions at the University of Kansas and Eastern Michigan University. At Kansas, McGuire handled recruiting while working with the distance runners. McGuire helped lead EMU to one cross country and three track and field Mid-American Conference championships.

As a Wolverine student-athlete (1976-79), McGuire was an All-American under legendary 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, New Jersey, 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)

• Nine-time Great Lakes Region Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2004, '05, '11, '12, '13, '15)

• 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)

• Ten NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country team titles (1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '15)

• One NCAA cross country individual champion (Katie McGregor, 1998)

• Six NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country individual champions

• Six cross country Big Ten individual champions with eight titles

• 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)

• 37 All-Big Ten first team honorees (cross country)

• 29 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

Career Highlights

• 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