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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 4, 2008

Alsup To Retire After Track Season Following 31 Years of Service

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Coach Rich Alsup

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State men's cross country and track and field head coach Rich Alsup announced Monday he will retire at the conclusion of the 2008 outdoor track and field season. A formal event to honor Alsup will occur later this spring.

Alsup completed his 31st year as head cross country coach last fall. He's in his 23rd season as head track and field coach at Northwest.

"Coach Rich Alsup has impacted the lives of hundreds of students and student-athletes during his 30-plus-year career here at Northwest," said Northwest Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Boerigter. "Today, we give thanks for his service to Northwest and the significant contributions he has made as a coach, teacher and educator to everyone who he has coached or taught."

Alsup was the first coach in Northwest history to capture a regional championship in any sport after winning the Great Lakes Cross Country title in 1998. He's been named MIAA Track and Field Coach of the Year five times, most recently in 2006, and was the MIAA's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1997.

Alsup earned an MIAA championship with his 1992 indoor track and field team. Alsup-led track and field teams have placed in the top three 21 times in 44 conference championship meets.

Alsup has coached five national champions, including four-time national champion Clint Prange, who won three discus titles and one shot put championship from 2002-06. Prange is also one of five Academic All-Americans trained by Alsup.

Originally from Tarkio, Mo., Alsup received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Northwest Missouri State in 1973 and his master's from Northwest in 1977. In between, he was the head football and track and field coach at Farnam High School in Nebraska. He was hired as head cross country coach in 1977 and served as an assistant track and field coach before becoming head coach in 1986.

Numbers of All-Americans, MIAA champions and other Northwest achievements under the tutelage of Coach Alsup can be found below:


Indoor Track and Field

- 25 All-Americans who combined for 34 All-America honors
- 23 MIAA individual champions who combined to win 32 titles
- 6 championship relay teams
- team won the 1992 MIAA championship
- team placed second at the MIAA championships five times and third five times

Outdoor Track and Field

- 23 All-Americans who combined for 40 All-America honors
- 24 MIAA individual champions who combined to win 41 titles
- 3 championship relay teams
- team placed second at the MIAA championships five times and third five times

Cross Country

- team placed second at the MIAA championships four times and third seven times
- All-American Robby Lane placed 24th nationally in 1997
- Lane was an Academic All-American in 1998
- Lane was a two-time presidential scholar

Track and Field Records

- 28 of 32 Northwest indoor track and field records have been set during Alsup's tenure
- 20 of 25 Northwest outdoor track and field records have been set during Alsup's tenure

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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