Aug. 9, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland head track and field coach Andrew Valmon announced the hiring of Michael Garrison as an assistant coach on Friday. Garrison comes 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. 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. "We are happy to have Michael Garrison on board," Valmon said. "He will be an asset to the program and brings great experience from Arkansas and the SEC." 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. "I am very excited to be a part of the Maryland athletics family," Garrison said. "This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the elite athletic departments in the country. I, along with Coach Valmon, believe we have the foundation to build a championship-level program in the coming years." 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 is currently a doctoral candidate in kinesiology. His dissertation examines biomechanical and physiological parameters relating to a peak performance in female elite collegiate distance runners. The Maryland cross country team opens its season on Sept. 4 at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational in Emmitsburg, Md. Maryland will host the ACC Cross Country Championships this fall, with the meet taking place at the university golf course on Oct. 30.