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Track & Field: Stevenson joins Purdue coaching staff

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue head track and field coach Jack Warner made his second hire of the 2010 preseason on Wednesday, bringing in Mike Stevenson to join the Boilermaker coaching staff. He will assist the Boilermakers in the sprints and hurdles areas, coming to West Lafayette after nine seasons as the head coach at Western Illinois University.

Stevenson will assist the Purdue coaching staff in the sprints and hurdles areas.

Stevenson will assist the Purdue coaching staff in the sprints and hurdles areas.

“Coach Stevenson will be a great addition to our staff, coming in with a wealth of experience and knowledge under his belt,” said Warner. “We’re excited to add a coach of his caliber and expertise to the Purdue family and we’re confident that he’ll make an immediate impact on our team and our success.”

Stevenson was a part of the Leatherneck 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 at Western Illinois, 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 Western Illinois, Stevenson also undertook additional administrative duties, including 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.

The Boilermakers are well into their preseason training and open their indoor season in early January.

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