Michael Holman has been named head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Marian University, the Department of Athletics announced on Friday.
"We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Holman as the head coach of the Marian University cross country and track and field programs," said Director of Athletics Steve Downing. "Michael brings numerous years of experience to the position and has coached world-class athletes. We believe he will take our programs to new heights."
Holman, who spent last season with the University of Indianapolis as an assistant coach, has more than 20 years of coaching experience in cross country and track and field.
"I am very excited to be a member of the Marian University family and lead the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs," said Holman. "Marian University has tremendous energy, academically and athletically, and I appreciate athletic director Steve Downing and the administration placing their confidence in me to take these two programs to new heights. It's a great time to be a Knight. I'm excited to meet our student-athletes and start a new tradition of excellence."
He spent last season as an assistant coach at the University of Indianapolis after a 23-year stint as head coach at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. During his time at LCHS, Holman coached two state championship teams and had four teams finish as state runners-up. His track and field teams won 20 conference championships and three conference titles in cross country. His teams earned a combined 17 sectional titles and 10 regional championships.
The 18-time conference coach of the year also guided 12 student-athletes to high school all-america honors. As cross country coach, he coached two individual state champions and had 180 individual state qualifiers. He also had over 50 student-athletes ranked in the top 50 in the United States.
In addition to his experience at LCHS, Holman has served as Field Director of Junior Elite Athletes and Emerging Elite Coaches Programs since 1996. He conducted camps at the Olympic Training Center as Lead Instructor in Chula Vista, Calif., and at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., for three weeks out of the year. He is a Level I Certified Coach/Instructor who is responsible for the operational budget as well as for contacting and recruiting athletes and coaches to attend the camp.
His experience also spans the international scene. He was an assistant coach for the 2006 World Championship team that competed in Moscow and was support staff at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as well as for the 2011 World Championships in Daugu, South Korea. He is currently serving as support staff for the United States Men's and Women's Track and Field teams at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
He is a three-time IATCCC (Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches) Coach of the Year who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Prior to LCHS, Holman served as head coach of Muncie Northside High School from 1980-88. He also coached Wapahani High School in 1979-80 and began his coaching career at Eastern Hancock High School in 1978-79. He was also a biology teacher during all of his high school coaching days.
Holman earned a bachelor of science degree from Ball State University in 1978 and earned a master of science degree from BSU in 1988.