|College:||Eastern Washington '80|
|Position:||Head Men's Coach|
Stan Kerr is in his 17th season as head men's track and field/cross country coach. He coaches Eastern competitors in the sprints and hurdles.
Returning in fall 1995 as an assistant coach, Kerr took over in January 1996 as Eastern's head men's coach. He first came to Eastern as an undergraduate in the late 1970s and returned as a graduate assistant coach from 1991-1993. During his tenure at EWU, Kerr's men’s teams have had two NCAA All-Americans (Kurt Kraemer and Ryan Cole in 2001), 43 individual Big Sky Conference Champions and 172 Big Sky All-Conference performers. Since taking over the sprints and hurdles in 2009, Kerr has coached his athletes to eight school records and 66 Eastern top ten all-time marks.
While a member of the Spokane Community College and University of Montana track squads, Kerr ran on mile relay teams that still hold school records of 3:10.50 and 3:12.70, respectively. Kerr came to EWU in fall 1977 to finish school. He ran legs of relay teams for EWU in 1979 that set school records, including the 800-meter-sprint-medley relay (1:31.38).
Kerr received his bachelor's degree in 1980 and master's degree from Eastern in 1993. After he left Eastern in 1993, Kerr became the head men's coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at Eau Claire, he coached the NCAA Division III women's high jump champion.
He and his wife, Saralynn, have two sons, Tully (20) and Carson (16).
|College:||Seattle Pacific '79|
|Position:||Head Women's Coach|
A Pacific Northwest native, Marcia Mecklenburg is now in her 17th season as head coach of Eastern's women's track and field and cross country programs. She coaches Eastern's throwers.
During Mecklenburg’s tenure at EWU, her women’s teams have had two All-Americans (Keisa Monterola 2012, Carolee Gutierrez 2007), 28 individual Big Sky Conference Champions and 119 Big Sky All-Conference performers. She has coached two NCAA All-Americans in the javelin - Carolee Gutierrez in 2007 and Ryan Cole in 2001.
Mecklenburg took over at EWU in fall 1995 after nine seasons as an assistant at Washington State University. At WSU, she coached All-America athletes in the shot put, discus and javelin events, including the 1987 and 1988 NCAA discus champion.
Before joining the Cougar coaching staff in 1986, Mecklenburg was an assistant coach for five seasons at Montana State and also coached at Seattle Pacific. At MSU, she coached 11 all-conference athletes and a pair of national qualifiers.
Mecklenburg has extensive strength and conditioning coaching experience. She was an assistant coach for the United States at the 1997 Indoor World Championships.
Mecklenburg received her bachelor's degree from Seattle Pacific in 1979 and her master's degree from Montana State in 1991. She is a former state champion at Edmonds, Wash., High School, and competed four times in the AIAW National Championships in the shot put and discus while at SPU.
During the course of her competitive career, Mecklenburg also competed in three Olympic trials and made three U.S. teams. As a competitor in masters' competitions in the hammer throw, she set an American record for her age group at the Nike World Masters Championship in summer 1998.
Mecklenburg has a daughter, Echo (9).
|College:||Brigham Young University '12|
Erik Rasmussen is entering his first season as EWU's jumps and combined-events coach. He has a Level I USATF coaching certification and a Level II certification in jumps.
Rasmussen was a volunteer assistant pole vault coach at Brigham Young University from 2008-2012. During his time in Provo, Utah, he coached three First-Team All-Americans and 12 NCAA Prelminary Round qualifiers. He also coached seven individual athletes to 15 total appearances at the NCAA National Championship meet. During the 2011 indoor season, Rasmussen coached four athletes who qualified for the NCAA National Championships.
From 1998 to 2003, Rasmussen competed in the pole vault and decathlon for the BYU Cougars and was selected as a member of the All-MWC team. He had personal-bests of 17-4 1/2 in the pole vault, 6,319 points in the decathlon and 5,244 in the indoor heptathlon.
Rasmussen is a native of Modesto, Calif. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, Italy. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is in the process of attaining his master’s degree in exercise science.
He has a wife Nicole, who also competed for the BYU track team. They recently had their first daughter, Tate, who was born in late May of 2012.
|College:||Western Washington '02|
|Position:||Head Cross Country Coach|
Chris Zeller enters his sixth year as EWU's head cross country coach.
In 2008, he led the men's cross country team to a best-ever third place finish at the Big Sky Conference Championships. In 2007, the women's cross country team finished fourth at the BSC Championships, which was their best finish in school history at the Division I level. He coached Paul Limpf, who finished 73rd at the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, and Mattie Bridgmon, who finished 64th in 2007.
Zeller has coached nine athletes to All-Big Sky Conference honors in cross country (top ten). In track, he has coached three Big Sky Champions (Kyle King 11-12, Mattie Bridgmon 08) and 11 All-Conference performers. Bridgmon also went on to NCAA Nationals in track, placing 13th in the 5,000.
Before coming to Eastern, Zeller served as head boys' cross country coach for Port Angeles High School. In his three years there, his teams finished 13th, sixth and seventh at state, and he was voted the Narrows League Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2004.
Prior to coaching at Port Angeles, Zeller assisted at Ferndale High for one year in 2001. During that season, the FHS boys' team captured the league and district titles.
Zeller earned his bachelor's degree in history-secondary education from Western Washington University in winter 2002. He has his USA Track and Field Level II certification in the distance, sprints and hurdles.
Zeller ran for Western Washington, and prior to that for Pat Tyson at Mead High School where he was a team captain his senior year. He and his wife, Maya, have been married for 13 years. They have a daughter, Zoey (3), and a new-born son Canyon (July 2012).
|Position:||Pole Vault Coach|
Eric Allison is entering his 12th year as Eastern’s pole vault coach. Since joining EWU in 2001, he has coached athletes to Big Sky All-Conference team honors every year. He coached Keisa Monterola, who was an NCAA All-American in 2012 and set the school records for the vault in indoor and outdoor. He has coached four Big Sky Champions and 19 All-Conference performers in the pole vault.
In 2005 Allison coached the men vaulters to a top-three sweep at the conference championships. He has coached both EWU school record holders as well as several vaulters on Eastern top ten all-time list (Indoor- 10 women, 8 men, Outdoor- 10 women, 6 men). Allison also has his USA Track and Field Level I certification.
As a coach at the Community College of Spokane in 2004, he coached the men’s NWAACC Champion who broke the school record with a height of 16-4. Athletes coached by Allison held all school records while he coached there. In 2006 he coached two women vaulters who placed first and second at conference -- they were the only two female vaulters on the team.
As a coach at Riverside High School (WA) from 1992 to 2000, he coached three state champions and several state placers.
Allison grew up in Fresno, Calif., and attended the University of California at Irvine. While at Irvine, he reached a personal best of 15-6 in the vault and competed in the conference championships twice. Allison owns his own business in the Spokane area.