PASADENA, Calif. – The Caltech athletics department has named Michael Stevenson as its new head track and field coach. He will begin serving in his role at the end of October.
"Coach Stevenson will be an excellent addition to our staff, coming in with a wealth of experience and knowledge under his belt," said Caltech athletic director Betsy Mitchell. "Michael is a committed educator, excellent coach, strong role model and will contribute greatly to the vision of our athletic program."
"I am honored and humbled to be named as the head track and field coach at such a prestigious institution as Caltech," Stevenson said. "The academic reputation of Caltech is second to none, and I look forward to assisting athletic director Betsy Mitchell in her pursuit to bring the athletic department to equal standing. Her vision of the program and university is what sold me on this position, and I am therefore a firm believer that her goals can be met. I am excited to lead the Caltech track and field program and its athletes to future success."
His most recent position came as the assistant coach at Purdue University. Stevenson was responsible for sprinters and hurdlers. While with the Boilermakers he helped bring home the school's first Big Ten sprint champion in seven years. The Purdue sprint and hurdle athletes set there school record and produced multiple NCAA Championship qualifiers. During the 2011 season, Stevenson served as the interim throws coach and led that group to nine first round berths, three national qualifying berths and one All-American honor.
Before joining the Purdue staff, Stevenson was a part of the Western Illinois coaching staff for 19 seasons, serving as an assistant coach from 1990 to 1999, and taking the reins of the program in 2000. He had a high level of success throughout his tenure with the Leathernecks, earning Mid-Continent Conference coach of the year honors five times and led the men's and women's squads to a combined four conference titles. The Leatherneck men won outdoor conference meets in 2001 and 2002, while the women's team captured the outdoor crown in 1996 and 2005. His athletes earned a long list of individual honors with a pair of All-Americans, five NCAA qualifiers, eight Mid-Continent Conference Athletes of the Year, six Mid-Con Newcomers of the Year, and over 100 conference champions. His athletes set more than 50 conference records in his tenure and 47 Western Illinois marks, while earning nearly 400 marks on the Leathernecks' all-time top-10 lists.
In addition to his coaching duties at the Macomb, IL school, Stevenson also undertook additional administrative duties as the assistant athletic director, which included all athletics facility management as well as home event management and the direction of all athletics concessions. Facility scheduling was a primary function of these responsibilities, working directly with the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the University Union Board, the University Physical Plant, Campus Recreation and University Scheduling.
In 2001, Stevenson was selected to teach at both the NCAA's YES (Youth Education Seminar) and the World Scholar-Athlete Games. A published author, Stevenson has had his work appear in Scholastic Coach and Administrator magazine.
A former Leatherneck standout in the classroom and on the track, Stevenson was a multiple all-conference academic and athletic selection, and the two-time team captain still ranks among Western's all-time top sprinters. He earned his B.A. in physical education in 1987 and his M.S. in physical education in 1991. Prior to coaching at Western, Stevenson coached at Monmouth and Dallas City high schools Illinois.
Stevenson takes over the reigns of the program from Julie Levesque who left in August to become the Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA at UTEP.