his 9th year as the head coach of the men's and women's track and cross country
programs at Mansfield University, Michael Rohl has elevated the program from
pretender to contender in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
It is impossible to talk
with Michael Rohl and not come away excited about track and field at Mansfield
Coach Rohl has infused his programs with his enthusiasm, commitment and
Upon assuming the post, he pushed to
increase the squad size while working to improve individual and team
performance. Those early building blocks have paid off handsomely for the
Mountaineer program with record finishes at the PSAC and NCAA Championships.
During his first four
years, 142 new school records were broken or reset in indoor and outdoor track
and field alone. His 2005 women's cross country team finished 5th overall in the
PSAC Championship and in the NCAA East Regional, the best finish in school
history. In 2005, the women's team finished a school record eighth overall at
the PSAC Indoor Championship while posting a school record seventh place
finish at the PSAC Outdoor Championship.
Over the course of
his tenure, Rohl has coached over 30 athletes or relay teams that have earned
All-PSAC honors and seven individuals that have earned All-Regional cross
country honors. Five athletes have competed at the NCAA Division II National
Championship meet including two All-Americans. His teams have fared equally well
in the classroom earning numerous Academic All-American team honors.
A 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Rohl brings a wealth of
knowledge and experience to Mansfield
University. He has coached track athletes from the high school level to
the Olympic elite. His coaching credits include a number of All-Americans
while serving as assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and
the University of West Georgia. Elevated to head coach at West Georgia
where he earned his MA in English, Rohl left that position to concentrate on a
bid for the U.S. Olympic team in racewalking at the 2000 Olympics.
As a competitor, he was a stellar athlete. A four-time collegiate All-American,
he is a former USTAF National Champion and has been a nine time member of the
U.S. national team. He first competed in the U.S. Olympic trails in 1988.
A devastating injury threatened to end his track career and he surrendered his
prime competitive years to rehabilitation. He made a comeback for the 1996 and
2000 Olympic trials where he placed fourth, missing a berth on the U.S. Olympic
team by one place.
Rohl is USATF Level II
certified in jumps and throws and was named coach of the US national team for
the US-Canadian Dual Meet in 2005. He serves on the NCAA Coaches Awards
Committee as well as being the chair for the US Racewalking National
Championship Site Selection Committee.
Coach Rohl and his wife Michelle, a four-time Olympian and assistant coach, live
in Mansfield with their five children, Molly, Sebastian, Ayla, Gabe, and Jude,
who was born on July 24, 2006.