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Andrew Basler
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Wisconsin La Crosse
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 1st Year
Andrew Basler Bio
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Release: 09/20/2013
Central Michigan director of track and field/cross country Mark Guthrie has hired Andrew Basler to his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.

Basler will work with the jumps and women's multi-events. He begins his second stint as an assistant coach at CMU, having previously worked with the women's track and field team's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and combined-event athletes from 2005-2007. Highlighting his tenure was the performance of Tamera Thomas, who earned All-America honors in the pentathlon at the 2006 NCAA indoor championships and was named Most Valuable Performer at the 2006 Mid-American Conference indoor championships. Basler coached two athletes who qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, three who qualified for the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, two U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, six MAC champions, three MAC record holders and 13 school record holders.

"When I accepted the Director’s position at Central Michigan, Andrew was the first name on my short list of staffing considerations," Guthrie said. "He was a national champion as one of my athletes at UW-La Crosse, he has history at CMU serving as a graduate assistant where his athletes still hold school records, and at UC-Riverside, he annually has multiple men and women jumpers at the NCAA First Round and NCAA Finals.  He brings a strong recruiting presence, is technically sound in his event area, has the logistical skills in meet management and travel I was seeking. Most importantly, he participated in and understands the championship culture I want to introduce with the Chippewas."

Since 2007, Basler has been the assistant men's and associate head women's track and field coach at the University of California-Riverside, where he has worked directly with the program's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, combined event athletes and javelin throwers. Administratively, Basler has managed the program's travel and equipment budgets while also serving as meet director for each of Riverside's home track and field and cross country meets (including the Big West Conference Championships from 2008-12).

At Riverside, Basler has coached six U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, five junior national championships qualifiers, three indoor national championships qualifiers, five NCAA All-Americans (combined indoor and outdoor), 12 Big West outdoor conference champions and 37 school record holders (combined indoor and outdoor). Two of his athletes earned special recognition in 2011 when Ashley Gatewood was named Big West Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year and Danielle Littleton was tabbed Big West Conference Female Freshman Athlete of the Year.

Under the tutelage of Guthrie at Wisconsin-La Crosse, Basler was the 2002 NCAA Division III indoor national champion in the long jump. He was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and was the captain of La Crosse's teams that swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA team championships in 2001 and 2002.

Basler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art from La Crosse in 2002 and is working toward a Master of Arts in sport administration degree from Central Michigan.