• Has coached 21 All-Americans to 32 Citations
  • Coached his teams to 12 top-10 NCAA Finishes

Mike McGuire

This program is designed to develop student-athletes that compete at the Big Ten and national levels while reaching their potential within the framework of the program. I understand the importance of developing athletes who are capable of competing in both cross country and track, and we put athletes on a continuum with the understanding that there are nuances to each athlete that individualize components of that trajectory. Training structure is adjusted on an individual level based on time spent training, track event specialty and injury history, and we incorporate weight training, cross training and the utilization of other training aids to facilitate optimum performance.


Coach Bio

A nine-time Big Ten Coach of the Year and eight-time NCAA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year, Mike McGuire has established himself as one of the top distance coaches in the nation. McGuire has led his teams to a first or second-place conference finish in 19 of his 24 seasons at the helm of the U-M program.

A native of Matawan, New Jersey, McGuire was an All-American as a student-athlete at Michigan (1976-79), competing with the Wolverine cross country and track teams. He also 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.

After various coaching and recruiting positions elsewhere and two seasons as an assistant coach at U-M, McGuire was named head women's cross country coach in 1992.

Fun Fact

Coach McGuire set what was then the Big Ten 3-mile record as a student-athlete at Michigan in 1976.

Career Highlights

  • Nine-time Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • Nine-time Great Lakes Region Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • Nine Big Ten cross country team titles
  • Ten NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country team titles
  • One NCAA cross country individual champion
  • Six NCAA Great Lakes Region cross country individual champions
  • Six individual Big Ten Champions with eight titles
  • Nine Big Ten Freshman of the Year recipients