Boise State track and field/cross country hires Ihmels as new coach

Corey Ihmels

Corey Ihmels

The Boise State track and field/cross country teams have a new coach. Corey Ihmels, who had spent the past 11 seasons at Iowa State, was announced as the Broncos’ new coach Friday. Ihmels was the Cyclones’ men’s cross country coach from 2001-07, then spent the six seasons as the track and cross country coach for men and women.

“We are excited to be able to bring Corey and his family to Boise State,” Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “He has high-level experience as a head coach in the Big 12 Conference, and he has a proven record of developing student-athletes to compete at elite levels on the track and in the classroom.”

JW Hardy was relieved of his duties April 4 as Boise State’s coach, where he’d served since 2009. Assistant Jeff Petersmeyer was the interim coach after Hardy’s departure.

Ihmels was the Big 12 cross country coach of the year in 2011 and 2012. According to Boise State’s press release, he had six teams finish in the top 10 in his tenure with the Cyclones.

Click here for a Runners’ World story on former Iowa State national champion Lisa Uhl, with plenty of positive mentions of Ihmels.

Here is Boise State’s full release:

“Boise State University has hired Corey Ihmels as head coach of the Broncos’ men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle announced Friday.

Ihmels had spent his previous 11 years at Iowa State, his alma mater, including the last six as head coach.

“We are excited to be able to bring Corey and his family to Boise State,” Coyle said. “He has high-level experience as a head coach in the Big 12 Conference, and he has a proven record of developing student-athletes to compete at elite levels on the track and in the classroom.”

With Ihmels at the helm, the Cyclones’ programs have risen to national prominence, finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships six times. Of the 21 student-athletes to finish in the top five individually at the NCAA Championships under his guidance, six won titles and seven finished runner-up.

Additionally, during his tenure, Iowa State has produced 51 NCAA All-Americans.

Ihmels was named Big 12 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, after the Cyclones won the conference championship each year, the first such titles in school history. Ihmels is also a three-time Midwest Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year (2010-12), and was named Midwest Regional Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2010.

In all, 29 Iowa State student-athletes earned Big 12 Conference Championships under his guidance, and 280 earned all-conference recognition.

His student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom, garnering 40 Academic All-America awards and 244 Academic All-Big 12 accolades.

“After having lived and trained in Boise as a distance runner, I strongly believe that the programs at Boise State can become a national powerhouse,” Ihmels said. “With everything that the University and the city have to offer, there is an incredible amount of untapped potential for these programs. I am excited to bring my passion for developing national-class track and field and cross country student-athletes to Boise State.”

Prior to becoming head coach at Iowa State, he served as the head men’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Cyclones for five years. He joined the Cyclones from Arizona State, where he worked as a graduate assistant coach from 2000-01.

Ihmels, a six-time All-American long-distance runner for Iowa State and the 1997 Big 12 Conference Indoor Athlete of the Year, was a member of the Cyclones’ 1994 NCAA championship cross country team.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Iowa State in 1997, and a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in 2001.

He and his wife Michelle have two children, son Wil and daughter Ruby.

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