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Mark Wetmore
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Rutgers '78
Experience: 14 Years
Phone: 303-492-5227

Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore enters his 22nd season at Colorado, his 19th as head coach. He became CU’s sixth head cross country and track and field coach on November 6, 1995. He is the only Division I cross country coach to win all four NCAA titles – men’s and women’s team and men’s and women’s individual – at the same school.

Wetmore’s squads have won five national cross country 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. Wetmore has coached Adam Goucher (1998), Jorge Torres (2002) and Dathan Ritzenhein (2003) to men’s individual cross country titles, while Kara Grgas-Wheeler won the 2000 women’s crown. CU athletes have earned 91 All-American cross country honors during his tenure.

Wetmore has been named the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year twice (’00 and ’04) and the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006.

In addition to national titles, his teams have won 23 Big 12 Cross Country Team Titles (11 women’s, 12 men’s), 16 individual Big 12 Cross Country Titles and Wetmore was named Big 12 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year 19 times. He was the winningest Big 12 Conference head coach among all sports when CU left the conference in 2011.

CU joined the Pac-12 Conference that fall and Wetmore’s teams won the inaugural Pac-12 men’s and women’s titles – the first Pac-12 Championships in any sport. His men won the team title again in 2012.

On the track, Wetmore’s athletes have had a strong presence at the conference, national and professional levels. They’ve captured 80 individual conference titles, two conference team titles, 16 NCAA individual titles and earned 1,436,218 All-American honors. CU athletes have broken seven collegiate middle and long distance records.

CU runners’ success at the professional and post-collegiate level is unmatched by any university: over two dozen Buff grads have signed professional contracts. They’ve combined for more than 40 USA titles in cross country, track & field and road racing. Since 2000, 10 CU athletes or graduates have earned 17 U.S. Olympic Team berths at distances from 1,500-meters through the marathon. Fourteen current and former Buffs have earned 26 spots on U.S. World Championship Track Teams and 22 have combined for 58 berths on U.S. World Championship Cross Country Teams. Since 2004, CU graduates have won five medals in distance running at World Championships – Shayne Culpepper (bronze, 2004 Indoor 3k), Kara Goucher (bronze, 2007 10k), Dathan Ritzenhein (bronze, 2009 Half Marathon), Jenny Simpson (gold, 2011 1,500m and silver, 2013 1,500m).

Charles Mark Wetmore graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Rutgers in 1978 before receiving his Master’s in movement sciences from Columbia in 1998. He lives in the mountains west of Boulder.


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