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Mark Guthrie was inducted to the United Stats Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mark Guthrie Named Director of Track and Field/Cross Country
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University Director of Athletics Dave Heeke has announced the hiring of Mark Guthrie as the Chippewas’ director of track & field/cross country.

“Mark is a proven winner who has the experience necessary to build a championship program,” Heeke said. “I believe in his vision of a strong, balanced program which includes a great staff of talented assistant coaches. He impressed me with his commitment to providing a championship level experience for every student-athlete within our program.”

Guthrie comes to CMU having already put together a Hall of Fame career.  He was a 2008 inductee into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Guthrie has spent the last six seasons at the University of Wisconsin as an assistant coach. Previously, he was the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 19 seasons.

“I want to thank Dave Heeke and the senior staff for their faith and trust in giving me the opportunity to move the program forward,” Guthrie said. “I look forward to the challenge as CMU has a great tradition of success in track & field/cross country and I took this position to return this program to that level. We are going to focus on the student-athletes having a great experience both athletically and academically as we work hard every day and pay attention to details.”

During Guthrie’s tenure at UW-La Crosse, he led the Eagles to 22 NCAA Division III Team Championships, sweeping the indoor and outdoor national titles in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. In total, Guthrie’s teams have won 12 indoor national titles and 10 outdoor championships. Only five head coaches in NCAA history have won more team championships than Guthrie.

Guthrie also coached 46 NCAA individual champions who won 66 titles during his time at La Crosse. He had 138 student-athletes earn All-America honors 457 times. In the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Guthrie’s team won 33 championships with 320 individuals winning WIAC titles.

He has been named the Mondo Division III National Coach of the Year by his peers in the United States Track Coaches Association eight times along with being voted regional coach of the year by the organization 11 times. He was named the WIAC Coach of the Year 16 times.

One of Guthrie’s marquee athletes during his time at UW-La Crosse was Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock. Rock won gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2004 Olympics. He also captured a world championship in the same event in 2005 and won a U.S. Championship in the 400 meters in 2006. He was a 17-time NCAA Division III All-American at UW-L.

Guthrie oversaw the long sprints, long hurdles and relays for the men’s and women’s program during his six seasons at Wisconsin. In his time with the Badgers, they were the NCAA Division I Indoor Champions in 2007 and took third at the 2013 indoor championships.  Guthrie helped UW capture five Big Ten championships and coached six individual Big Ten champions. He had three individuals earn All-America honors five times and tallied 14 national qualifiers.

In 1997, Guthrie was selected first vice-president of the USTCA Division III and took over as president in December 2000, serving until 2004. Guthrie also was a member of the NCAA Division III Track & Field Committee. He was honored with the United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Guthrie began his coaching career in 1975 at Fennimore (Wis.) High School as the boys' head cross country and track coach, capturing three consecutive state cross country championships. He moved on to Naperville (Ill.) North High School where he was the head coach of the boys' track, girls' track and girls' cross country programs from 1980-87.

Guthrie is a 1975 graduate of Wartburg College with a bachelor's degree in physical education and history. He also earned his master's degree in physical education from Chicago State University in 1987.

Guthrie and his wife, Dawn, have two daughters, Allison and Anne.