Michael Garrison is in his second year in charge of the men's and women's cross country teams at University of Maryland, where he also acts as assistant track coach.
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.
In his first season in College Park the Terps made great strides, finishing 12th at both the NCAA Regionals and IC4A/ECAC Championships and placing seventh (men) and eighth (women) at the expanded 11-team Atlantic Coast Conference meet.
Individual honors and achievements accompanied the collective success that Maryland saw in Garrison's first season, as sophomore Pete Hess was named All-Region after finishing in the Mid-Atlantic region's top 25.
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 U.C. 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.