In 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.
is impossible to talk with Michael Rohl and not come away excited about track
and field at Mansfield University.
Coach Rohl has infused his programs with his enthusiasm, commitment and
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.
first eight years, 231 school records have been 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.
Eleven athletes have competed at the NCAA Division II National Championship meet
including four All-Americans. His teams
have fared equally well in the classroom earning numerous Academic All-American
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
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
Rohl is USATF Level II certified in all five areas Sprints, Jumps Throws,
Combined Events, Distance and ITC. He was named coach of the US national team
for the US-Canadian Dual Meet in 2005. He also serves on the NCAA Coaches Awards
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.
Mansfield, PA 16933