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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.
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Mike McGuire has spent 25 seasons as head women's cross country coach at the University of Michigan. A 10-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 20 of the last 25 seasons, winning it all in 1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12 and '16. U-M captured the regional championship in 1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '15 and '16 while posting 19 top-two finishes and top-four finishes in 24 of 25 seasons under McGuire -- including a second-place finish or better in 14 of the last 19 seasons. U-M boasts 15 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships -- 13 under McGuire -- and has placed among the event's top 15 on 18 occasions over McGuire's tenure, most notably a pair of second-place finishs at the 1994 and 2016 NCAA Championships to go along with a third-place finish in 2006. The Wolverines have notched top-five performances in three of the last five seasons, finishing fifth in 2012 and fourth in 2013 before being runners-up in 2016.
Under McGuire's tutelage, Michigan's distance corps boasts five NCAA individual champions, 138 NCAA All-America honorees, including 26 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 and Erin Finn to a runner-up finish in 2016. McGregor is joined by Finn (2013; '15, '16) 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 and Finn, who is the only woman to win three 6K titles (2013, '15, '16).
He has helped Erin Finn make conference and program history. With her 2016 individual title, Finn became the first woman to ever win three non-consecutive conference titles, and the first to go back-to-back at the 6,000-meter distance. She was the first Wolverine to repeat titles since Katie McGregor in 1997-98 and the first Big Ten Athlete to accomplish that feat since Wisconsin's Erica Palmer in 1999-2000. Finn went on to win the NCAA Great Lakes Regional title that fall, her sixth win of the year.
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 26 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
10-time Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16)
10-time Great Lakes Region Cross Country Coach of the Year (1992, '93, '94, 2004, '05, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16)
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)
10 Big Ten cross country team titles (1992, '93, '94, 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '12, '16)
11 NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country team titles (1993, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '08, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16)
One NCAA cross country individual champion (Katie McGregor, 1998) and one runner-up (Erin Finn, 2016)
Seven NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country individual champions with as many titles
Six cross country Big Ten individual champions with nine titles
Nine cross country Big Ten Freshman of the Year recipients
138 All-America first and second team honorees
26 cross country, 112 track and field
130 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)
39 All-Big Ten first team citations (cross country)
30 All-Big Ten second team citations (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 one Canadian record holder
Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 1,500m, 4:07.61, 8-3-2014 in Sopot, Poland
Coached three Olympians
Anna Willard - 2008, 3,000m Steeplechase, USA
Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2012 and 2016, 1,500m, Canada
Coached three IAAF World Championship participants
Geena Gall - 2009, 800m, USA
Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes - 2013, 2015, 1,500m, Canada