Michael Garrison is in his second year as an assistant track coach at the University of Maryland and will head the men's and women's cross country teams.
At Maryland, Garrison will oversee the men's and women's cross country teams and will primarily coach the distance runners of the track program. In addition, he will assist with recruiting, meet management and fundraising.
His second cross country season at Maryland was extremely successful, as the women's team reached unparalleled heights.
The Maryland women were nationally ranked at midseason, the first national ranking for the Terps in the history of the program. After placing fourth at the Paul Short Invitational, the Terps moved into 29th in the FinishLynx rankings.
Garrison came to Maryland after serving as an assistant at the University of Arkansas since 1998, where he helped guide the women's distance squad to three individual NCAA titles, more than 50 individual All-Americans and 51 SEC championship honors.
Over the last six years at Arkansas, Garrison assisted head women's coach Lance Harter with workout design, recruiting and meet preparation. As an assistant for one of the most elite distance squads in the nation, Garrison helped develop All-Americans, conference champions and national champions.
Prior to his time at Arkansas, Garrison was the head coach of the UC Davis cycling team, where he led the team to its first-ever Western Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship in 1998. He has also coached at the Blue Ridge, Stanford and Arkansas running camps.
Garrison graduated from the University of California, Davis, in 1995 with a degree in exercise science. While at Davis, he ran for both the cross country and track teams and was a member of the cycling team.
He received his master's degree in education with a concentration in sports management from Arkansas in 2000 and earned his doctorate in kinesiology from Arkansas in May 2005. His dissertation examines biomechanical and physiological parameters relating to a peak performance in female elite collegiate distance runners.