Mark Guthrie’s success as a track and field coach at the collegiate level was immediately felt when he first stepped foot onto the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He spent 19 years at the Division III track and field powerhouse before joining the coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. Guthrie owns 22 Division III national championships and one Division I Championship as an assistant at Wisconsin-Madison
Guthrie, whose coaching career began right out of college in 1975, has won championships at every major level in cross country/track and field. His first job was at Fennimore (Wisc.) High School where he was the boys’ head cross country and track & field coach, guiding the team to three straight cross country state championships. After Fennimore, he moved to Naperville (Ill.) High School before taking his first job at the college ranks with Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1987.
He spent 19 years at Wisconsin-La Crosse, and during that time frame he won an unprecedented 22 Division III National Titles (12 indoor/10 outdoor). In addition to his 22 titles, his teams swept both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same season ten times from 1988 through 2006, completing the feat in successive years from 1991-1993 and 2001-2004.
Guthrie’s peers named him the United States Track Coaches Association’s (now USTFCCCA) Division III National Coach of the Year eight times during his career, and he was named a Division III Regional Coach of the Year 11 times.
Under his direction, Guthrie guided the Eagles to 34 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, winning both the indoor and outdoor conference titles in his final year at La Crosse. Guthrie won 16 WIAC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year honors during his 19-year stint.
In 1997 he was selected first vice-president of the USTCA (now USTFCCCA) Division III Track & Field Coaches and served as the Division III Track and Field president from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 he was awarded United States Sports Academy’s Distinguished Service Award.
Guthrie has coached five Olympic Trials participants with the most notable being 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock. Rock was a 17-time NCAA Division III All-American at Wisconsin-La Crosse.