PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 20, 2011) – Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti announced the contract extension of head men’s track & field and cross country coach Mike Mulqueen. The three-year extension, signed in June 2011, will run through 2014.
“Mike has helped establish a winning culture with both the athletic and academic successes his teams have achieved,” said Pernetti. “He fosters an environment that is paramount to our student-athletes getting the utmost out of their experience at Rutgers. Our mission is to strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom and he is someone who is driven to achieve those goals. I look forward to the continued growth of the program with Mike at the helm.”
Mulqueen is in his 33rd season as a member of the men’s coaching staff and 29th as its head coach. He is the longest tenured coach at Rutgers.
“I am very appreciative to our Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, Kate Hickey, our sport administrator, and the entire athletic department for this contract extension,” said Mulqueen. “I am very proud of the body of work that my staff and I have accomplished with our teams over the years, both academically and athletically, and I am thrilled that Tim has the confidence in me to continue to lead our track & field and cross country programs.
“I always felt that it was an honor to be the head coach at Rutgers, to be able to work with so many great people during my 33 years. I am excited to continue working with all of these people, to keep working hard to bring more championships to Rutgers. I am excited for what the future will bring for our program.”
The Scarlet Knights enjoyed one of the most successful campaigns in program history during the 2005 season. Rutgers capped its outstanding year with victories at both the 2005 BIG EAST and IC4A Outdoor Championships. The team also won the 2005 IC4A Indoor Championships and finished second in the 2005 BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
In total, RU has placed in the top-five at the BIG EAST Championships 16 times and earned top-three finishes at the IC4A Championships on eight occasions.
Rutgers hit another program milestone in 2010, sending a school-record seven participants in five events to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. During his tenure, 21 Scarlet Knights have earned All-America status at the NCAA meet. In addition, RU has produced 74 BIG EAST Champions, 42 IC4A Champions and over 300 student-athletes who were named to the All-East Track and Field team under Mulqueen.
The athletic success of the men’s track & field and cross country programs have been mirrored academically. In 2011, Rutgers received the BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Award for cross country. The team was honored by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the fourth-straight year with the All-Academic Team Award in February. In April, the program received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for its multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores (1,000) for the fourth-consecutive year.
Individually, a number of Scarlet Knights have been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, while former cross country runner Simon Gordonov was the recipient of the prestigious Churchill and Goldwater Scholarships.
An accomplished track and field athlete himself, Mulqueen is a 1976 graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a B.A. in English. While at Manhattan, he specialized in the 400 hurdles, earning four varsity letters with the Jaspers. He was also a member of the Jaspers’ 1973 NCAA National Championship team. In high school, Mulqueen was a county and conference champion and ran on several county and state championship teams.
Mulqueen resides in Dunellen with his wife Tracey, and their children Danny, Sean and Emily Anne.
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