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					                                                   GARY WITTMAN
                                              HEAD COACH AND DISTANCE

FAMILY
   Coach Wittman’s wife, Lisa, is a credit annalist at Dupaco Community Credit Union. She is an alumnus of Senior
H.S. where she competed in cross-country and track. After graduation Lisa became an accomplished road racer who
currently has the second fastest half marathon in the history of Iowa with 1:17.00 holds the Governs Cup, Des Moines,
10K, record, 34:50 for 21 years. She was ranked in the top 30 of road racers in America after winning the Iowa Grand
Prix and placing 4th in the women’s division of the Bix 7. Daughter Tammy is 21 and a cosmetologist at Studio 1 and
assistant manager at tan world in Dubuque. She is a former cross-country runner for Wahlert H.S.. Daughter Tonya and
her twin Ted are freshmen at Loras College, where they participate in cross-country and track. They have competed on the
varsity cross-country teams this fall. Son Ty in sophomore at Senior H.S. and competes in cross-country, track, and
baseball. He qualified for state in track in the 3200 as a freshmen and cross-country this fall as a sophomore. Tim is in 8th
grade at Washington Middle School where he competes in football, wrestling, and track and carries a 4.0 grade point. He
also plans to compete in sports at Senior H.S.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Master Fitness Specialist
The Cooper Institute, Dallas, TX                                                           2000

Master of Science in Education                                                             1983
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Bachelor of Arts in Education                                                              1979
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

ATHLETIC BACKGROUND
Meadows Club Champion golf - 2003
All-American 3rd Place, 6117 pts. Masters National Decathlon - 1991
University Of Northern Iowa
All-American, Seventh place, Decathlon, NCAA Division II—1979
All Mid Content Conference, Decathlon and Javelin—1979
All North Central Conference, Pole Vault—1977
Four Time NCAA Division II National Qualifier in Track and Field—1976-1979
High School
All State, 4th, Pole Vault, Iowa High School Athletic Association—1973
1st in state rankings, Pole Vault, 14-4 - 1974
Drake 2nd place finish in the Pole Vault 1973 and 1974

COACHING BACKGROUND
Head Basketball Coach, Assistant Football, Notre Dame H.S. – 1979 – 1980.
Graduate Assistant Track and Field, Eastern Illinois University – 1982-1983
Head Track, 8th Football, and Wrestling, Drexler, Middle School – 1983-1987
Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track Coach, Loras College - 1983 - 2005
Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Loras College – 1988 – 2005
Interim Head Men’s Track and Field – 1996
8th Grade Football and 7th & 8th Grade Wrestling, Washington Middle School, 2005 – present
Head Track Coach, Senior H.S. 2007 - present

COACHING PHILOSOPHY
I believe that student-athletes should think for them selves, but in doing so should put the team first and themselves
second. I believe each track athlete should be coached and treated as an individual in a team atmosphere to help them
grow spiritually, academically, and athletically. We as coaches should dedicate ourselves to the total development of each
student athlete. We should believe in the human dignity of each individual and should treat each athlete with respect
regardless of athletic ability. We should challenge each track athlete to strive for success on the track, in class room and
community.
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College Athletes
Brian Kult (1990) – Brian was Loras College’s first throwing All-American twice in the shot and once in the discus. He
set the school record in the shot and discus winning 4 Iowa Conference (IIAC) titles in the shot and discus while setting
the IIAC record his senior year in the discus, 167’8‖ receiving Most Valuable track athlete. Brian always set realistic
goals hanging his goal sheet up in his room. He used his goal sheet to advance quickly in banking when he be came the
youngest bank president in the U.S. at age 27.

John Balong (1993) – John was a focused athlete and scholar at Loras. A 2 time All-American in the shot put and 3 time
IIAC champion he had the longest shot put throw in Loras history 53’10’. John carried a 4.0 GPA in international
business and was named Verizon Academic All-American 3 times and won the Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach
in Germany. He prusued a career in finance rising to top financial adviser but decided to make a bigger impact on society
by going back to college to become a coach and teacher.

Kim Kiner (1997), Kim is most successful track athlete in Loras College history. Nine-time NCAA All American, three-
time NCAA national champion and NCAA record holder in shot put 47’8 1/4‖, two-time runner up, and four-time IIAC
Champion. Kim set both the shot and discus record at Loras and appeared in the University division of Drake Relays
shot-put 3 times and making the finals her senior year. Kim now coaches and teaches in Chicago, IL.

Mary Fran Cullen (1998), Mary Fran lead the Loras women to 6th and 10th place finishes at the NCAA National Cross-
country Championships while being named All-American 2 times. She set Loras records in the 1000 - 3:04.1, 1500 –
4:38.70, 1600 - 5:01.00. As head boy’s H.S. coach, Cullen used the ―Caring About and Helping Others Philosophy‖, to
guide her cross-country and track teams to state championships in San Diego, CA.

Chris Schaefer (1999), Chris was a 6 time All-American 4 times in track and twice in cross-country at Loras. He set
school records in the 1000 – 2:23.59, 1500 – 3:49.12, 1600 -4:05. For 3 years 1997 – 1999 Chris ran the fastest mile in
the state of Iowa. During his senior year he placed 3rd in the university division of the Drake Relays Mile. Chris was
named Verison Academic All-American 3 times and received the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship apon graduation.
Chris is the top financial advisor in his investment ferm in St. Louis, MO.

Jenny Richey (1999), Jenny is one of the most successful distance athlete in Loras history, nine time NCAA All-
American, three IIAC cross-country champion, six time IIAC track and field champion. Jenny is the only women athlete
to place in the 10,000, 5,000 and 3,000 in three days at the NCAA Nationals. She is a 2 time IIAC MVP and 1 time
NCAA Regional MVP. Jenny holds records 3000 – 10:04.96, 5000 – 17:31.11, 10000 – 36:09.03. She is a 3 time
Verizon Acedemic All-American and NCAA Post Graduate Scholar. Jenny is currently a physical therapists in Cedar
Rapids, IA with her husband and 2 children.

Marcus Murphy (2004), Murphy is one of the most successful male cross-country athletes in Loras history. He is a five
time NCAA All-American, four-time IIAC cross-country champion, only four-time Cross-country champion in IIAC
history setting the cross-country record 8K - 24:33. Marcus was named IIAC MVP an outstanding 5 times. In track
placed second NCAA Nationals 5000 and was named 4 time as a NCAA Verizon Academic All American. Marcus is a
CPA and is employed as an accountant in Chicago, IL and married to Annie Corken Murphy.

High School Athletes
Alan Jackson (2007), Alan is in the top 10 of cross-country and track athletes in Senior H.S. History. He has the 13th best
cross-country time of 16:15. In track Alan continued his success as he won the MVC mile and a few weeks later won the
District mile with a time of 4:33 and placing 2nd the 2 mile qualifying for the state meet in both events. At state he ran the
8th fastest 2 mile in Senior history with a time of 9:42.03 and placing 9th and in the mile placed 4:34.21 placing 13th.
Alan is currently attending Loras College and running cross-country and track. He ran on the varsity cross-country team
this fall as a freshmen.

Ty Wittman (2007), Ty has been the #1 distance runner since he stepped on the Senior H.S. campus the fall of 2007. He
qualified for state in the 3200 in track and field and cross-country in 2008. He is currently the 5th fastest freshman in
Senior H.S. history in the 3200 with a time of 10:05.40. Ty is the 4th all time freshman in the 1600 with a time of 4:47.01.
GARY WITTMAN continued
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
Snowboarding, golf, art, reading, local theater, and attending H.S. sports events. Favorite Pro Baseball Team St. Louis
Cardinals.

HEROES
Harold Tackelson, Burlington, IA
Most wins in Iowa Football History, 1979.
Quote – ―The intrinsically motivated athlete has no limits.‖
John McDonald, University of Arkansas
Triple Crown 3 times
Winning Division I, Cross-country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track all in one year, 3 times.
Quote – ―Only those who care about and help others will remain on the University of Arkansas cross-country and track teams

				
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