|Alma Mater:||Rutgers '78|
Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore enters his 24th season at Colorado, his 21st as head coach. He became CU’s sixth head cross country and track and field coach on November 6, 1995. Wetmore 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 seven 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). The men won again in 2006, 2013 and 2014. 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 105 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 three times (‘06, ‘13 and ‘14). He is a 26-time conference coach of the year and in 2014, USA Track and Field named him the USA Co-Coach of the Year.
In addition to national titles, his teams 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 have won all four titles since joining the league in 2011.
On the track, Wetmore’s athletes have had a strong presence at the conference, national and professional levels. They’ve captured 89 individual conference titles, two conference team titles, 18 NCAA individual titles and earned 150 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 45 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 28 spots on U.S. World Championship Track Teams and 25 have combined for 61 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.