• 12-time Big Ten Coach of the Year
  • Has coached 68 All-Americans

James Henry

The University of Michigan women’s track and field program harvests the top academic and athletic talent in the country and maximizes that potential in the best possible environment. Here, if you want to improve, you start by helping others. You have to become a great follower before you become a great leader, and at Michigan we strive to do both. From a training perspective, we push each other on and off the track to be the very best we can be. At Michigan, you will always be surrounded with the very best in everything you do. My hope is that student-athletes grow to become responsible for themselves and their actions, learning from mistakes to help themselves and those around them become the very best they can be. Academics come first, then athletics, and at Michigan you will be exposed to the very best of both.

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Coach Bio

Henry began his stint as head coach of the women’s track and field program in 1985, and hasn’t looked back since, guiding his teams to 17 conference championships and 10 runner-up finishes.

He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year on 12 occasions, including collecting eight of 10 possible honors between the 2002 and 2006 indoor/outdoor seasons. His teams have captured the elusive Big Ten Triple Crown twice (1994, '03), and he has helped guide more than 20 student-athletes to compete for their respective countries at the Olympic level.

A former Wolverine himself, Henry has been involved with the Michigan track and field program since his days as a student-athlete from 1977-80. Henry won the 1980 Big Ten long jump title, and helped U-M to three team championships as a Wolverine. He qualified four times for the NCAA Championships, and is a three-time record holder at the Central Collegiate Championships. After serving as an assistant coach from 1981-84, legendary Athletic Director Don Canham hired Henry as the third head coach in program history in 1985.

Fun Fact

Coach Henry was the first athlete in U-M history to long jump 25 feet. His collegiate-best marks still stand as Michigan's fourth-best indoor and third-best outdoor performances.

Career Highlights

  • 2 Big Ten Triple Crowns (1994, 1998)
  • Has coached more than 20 athletes to their respective countries’ Olympic Trials
  • 171 All-America honors and 198 All-Big Ten honors
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Assistant Coaches

Mike McGuire

Associate Head Coach, Distance coach

As one of the premier distance coaches in America, coach Mike McGuire also serves as the head coach of the women’s cross country program, where he has won nine Big Ten Titles. Under his guidance, Michigan has dominated in the distance medley relay, capturing 12 of the last 13 Big Ten DMR titles. He has coached 141 All-Americans at U-M, including a pair of Olympians, and four individual NCAA Champions. The Matawan, N.J. native was an All-American as a student-athlete at Michigan (1976-79), competing with the Wolverine cross country and track teams.

Sandy Fowler

Throwing Coach

A former nine-time All-American at Northeastern, Fowler oversees all throwing events for the Wolverines. She has a wealth of experience at the top level of competition, serving Team USA as an athlete, assistant coach and head coach at different points in her career.
A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Fowler has guided six student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and two to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in four years at U-M. As the head coach at Alabama for 14 years and an assistant with Florida for eight, Fowler’s student-athletes collected nearly 40 All-American honors.

Arnett Chisholm

Sprints, Hurdles Coach

Chisholm has worked as a volunteer assistant with the U-M women’s track and field program since 1990, working closely with the team’s sprinters and hurdlers. Before that, he volunteered with the men’s program. He guided Tiffany Ofili to five NCAA titles while helping his student-athletes to set school records in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. All four of those records now belong to Cindy Ofili, who also owns the 200m record. Chisholm helped guide the younger Ofili to an NCAA Title in 2016 (60m Hurdles) and a national runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles race in 2015.
A former Wolverine himself, Chisholm was a four-year Michigan letterwinner in the late 1970s, and he ran on three 4×100-meter relay Big Ten Championship teams in that time. In 1978, Chisholm earned NCAA All-America honors in the event. He is the dean of admissions at nearby Washtenaw Community College.

Rebecca Addison

Assistant Distance Coach

A former U-M standout with one national title and eight conference crowns under her belt, Addison began her tenure as a volunteer assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams in 2014 after serving as an undergraduate assistant coach the year prior. She was a two-year team captain for the Wolverine cross country and track teams during her time as a Wolverine (2010-13). Addison won back-to-back indoor 800m titles in 2011-12 and captured the outdoor 1,500m crown in 2011, in addition to being part of four consecutive Big Ten Champion DMR teams for U-M, and captured a conference title in cross country as well (2012).

She was a six-time All-American, including three times as a first-team member, and capped her career by earning 2013 Capital One Academic All-America first team honors for her accomplishments on the course and track, in addition to her efforts in the classroom during her senior year. Most notably, she was part of the distance medley relay that won the indoor national title at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships and set a new school record of 10:56.46.

Shean Conlon

Pole Vaulting Coach

Conlon joined the U-M staff in 2010 to work with the men’s and women’s pole vaulters. He has more than eight years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, and has seen his student-athletes set seven school records in that span. In his time at Michigan, Wolverines have produced 15 scoring performances at the Big Ten Championships, including one conference title.
His primary responsibilities include designing and implementing innovative and personalized training programs for pole vaulters, which focus on speed, strength, power and gymnastic development. As a former pole vaulter at Division-II Oberlin College, Conlon’s programs are known for having a unified theme of improving technical efficiency.