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Mark Wetmore
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Rutgers '78
Phone: 303-492-5227
Email: mark.wetmore@colorado.edu

Mark Wetmore enters his 23rd season at Colorado, his 20th as the head coach, and is the only NCAA Division I coach to win all four NCAA cross country titles at the same school. 

Wetmore’s squads have won seven team titles since 2000. The women won in 2000, while the men won the following year. Both teams captured the championship again in 2004 (CU became only the third school to win both championships in the same year), and in 2006 the men won again. The men also earned back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. Wetmore has coached Adam Goucher (1998), Jorge Torres (2002) and Dathan Ritzenhein (2003) to men’s individual titles, while Kara Grgas-Wheeler won the 2000 women’s crown.       

Wetmore became CU’s sixth head cross country and track and field coach on Nov. 6, 1995. He has tutored 56 individual conference champions and 11 individuals who have combined for 22 NCAA titles. Wetmore has coached 79 individuals to 245 All-American selections. He has produced 29 conference championship teams, most recently capturing the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country Championship.

Wetmore’s distance runners have represented the United States in international competitions. During their collegiate careers, nine qualified for the World Junior Cross Country Championships and seven earned berths in the World Senior Cross Country Championships. Since 2000, 10 Buffaloes have combined for 17 spots on the U.S. Olympic Team roster, including then-CU students Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp in 2012, both in the steeplechase.

His graduates have experienced post-collegiate success unrivaled by any NCAA distance program. Twenty-four of his athletes have earned professional running contracts and combined for 11 USA Cross Country titles and 38 berths on U.S. teams that compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships since 1999. CU graduates have won 41 USATF Championships and 10 individuals have represented the U.S. at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships.

Wetmore is a 26-time conference coach of the year and a five-time NCAA Coach of the Year. In 2014, USA Track and Field named him the USA Co-Coach of the Year.

A native of Bernardsville, N.J., Charles Mark Wetmore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English education from Rutgers in 1978 and then completed a M.Ed. in movement sciences from Columbia in 1988.

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