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Michael McDowell

Head Coach - Cross Country/Track & Field
815-939-5165
mmcdowel@olivet.edu



Head Coach - 15th Season
Alma Mater: University of Iowa ('80)
Phone: 815-939-5165

Education: 

  • University of Iowa – Bachelor of Science: Business Administration, Marketing (1980) 
  • Olivet Nazarene University - Master of Organizational Leadership (2009) 

Professional Experience: 

  • Olivet Nazarene University, Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country coach (2001 – present) 
  • Augustana College (lll.), Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track and Field coach (1984-2001) 

Professional Associations: 

  • NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Games Committee  (2014, 2013, 2012) 
  • Olivet Nazarene University Intercollegiate Athletic Board (2010, 2009)  
  • NCCAA National Track and Field Indoor Meet Vice Chair (2009, 2008)  
  • NCCAA National Track and Field Meet Games Committee (2008, 2007, 2006) 
  • NCCAA National Track and Field Meet Vice Chair (2007)  
  • NCCAA National Cross Country Meet Vice Chair (2006) 
  • NAIA Jury of Appeals Member (2007, 2006, 2005)  
  • Conference Cross Country/Track & Field Chair (2002-present)  
  • Region VII Cross Country/Track & Field Chair (2002-present)    

Awards and Recognition: 

Team: 

  • 2014 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships (3rd place finish, best in program history)
  • 2013 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships
  • 2012 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships (3rd place finish, best in program history) 
  • Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Champions (2013, 2009, 2008, 2007) 
  • Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Champions (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007) 
  • CCAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2013, 2009, 2008, 2007) 
  • CCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007) 
  • 2014 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships (13th place finish, best in program history) 
  • 2014 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships (12th place finish, best in program history) 
  • Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’sOutdoor Track and Field Champions (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) 
  • Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) 
  • CCAC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) 
  • CCAC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) 
  • NCCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year (2012) 
  • NCCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year (2012, 2005) 
  • NAIA Region VII Men’s Outdoor Track  and Field Coach of the Year (2008, 2007, 2006) 
  • NAIA Region VII Women’s Outdoor Track  and Field Coach of the Year (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005) 
  • NAIA Region VII Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year (2007, 2006) 
  • NAIA Region VII Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year (2007, 2006) 
  • NAIA Region VII Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2007, 2006, 2003, 2002) 
  • NAIA Region VII Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002) 

Individual: 

  • Nine individual NAIA National Champions, including relays 
  • Seven NAIA Men’s Cross Country All-Americans 
  • Seven NAIA Women’s Cross Country All-Americans 
  • 24 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track and Field All-Americans 
  • 27 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track and Field All-Americans 
  • 16 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans 
  • 18 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans 
  • 77 CCAC All-Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field selections 
  • 63 CCAC All-Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Field selections 
  • 61 CCAC All-Conference Men’s Cross Country selections 
  • 76 CCAC All-Conference Women’s Cross Country selections 

Coaching Philosophy:  

“It is three-fold. If you train, train hard. If you compete, compete hard. If you enjoy what you’re doing, success will come easier.” 

Personal Information: 

Mike’s wife, Janet, serves as the assistant swim coach at ONU. Mike and Janet have one daughter, Kasey, who graduated from Olivet in 2004 with a degree in photography. Kasey and her husband, Mike Meinhart have two children, Lillie and Miles.