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More Than A One-Track Mind
By Joe Walljasper, Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor
As Dr. Rick McGuire embarks on his 27th season as the head track and field coach at the University of Missouri, he can look back on his tenure - which has now lasted more than a quarter century - with great pride and satisfaction as his Tigers have certainly established an exceptional record of success in the athletic arena, in the classroom and, most importantly, in their lives beyond the University. And it is this success that fuels Coach McGuire's enthusiasm and excitement about his athletes on the teams in 2010 and for the years ahead.
Of even greater importance than what successes his athletes have achieved is Coach McGuire's belief and commitment to how and why those achievements are made possible. With his unique personal and philosophical approach to coaching - where the priority is placed on the person rather than the program - and the focus is on the athletic and personal development of each individual, the track and field athletes at Missouri have flourished under McGuire's tutelage.
In his coaching, teaching, writing and public speaking, Coach McGuire shares and models his understanding and belief that "It does matter whether we win or lose, because it absolutely does matter that we win in the life of every single individual with whom we have the opportunity to share. It's all about winning kids with sport, rather than winning sport with kids!"
Champions on the Track
Over the years, Missouri track and field athletes have certainly done more than their fair share of winning and achieving. There have been 137 All-Americans, 106 Conference Champions, 46 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers, 27 U.S.A. National Track and Field Team members, seven NCAA Champions, eight NCAA Regional Champions, three NCAA collegiate record holders and two conference Athletes of the Year. Additionally, McGuire has mentored two Olympic Silver Medalists, four Olympians earning five separate team berths, four World Championship Gold and Silver medalists and three Pan-American Games Gold medalists on the international level.
Coach McGuire is primarily responsible for the tutelage of Tiger combined event athletes, accumulating a record that is heavily unmatched among his contemporaries. The success for the combined event athletes has continued to grow at Mizzou in each season as current Tigers Nick Adcock and Lars Rise have continued the storied tradition at Mizzou. Both were All-Americans last season while Adcock has earned a berth on three-straight US National teams and even won the National Junior Championship and a Pan-American Silver Medal.
Rise, Hans Uldal, Knut Sommerfeldt and Espen Strindeberg are all multiple-time All-Americans under Dr. McGuire and have flourished as post-collegians, highlighted by Uldal's berth to the Olympics in 2004. Student-athletes in the combined events have seen unprecedented success at Mizzou under Dr. McGuire, showcasing a long-standing tradition of excellence for the Tigers.
At the 2007 Big 12 Championships, Kaela Rorvig became the 11th Tiger - all 11 of whom have been coached by Dr. McGuire - to eclipse the 5,000-point mark in the heptathlon. Among Big 12 schools, only Missouri and Nebraska have had such a historical record in the event.
Champions in the Classroom
Throughout Coach McGuire's career, producing champions in the classroom has been the hallmark of the Missouri track and field program. The women's track and cross country teams have now established the amazing record of earning Academic All-American Team honors for 43 consecutive seasons, every season that the award has existed. Missouri is the only team in the NCAA to have earned this honor every season. McGuire's athletes have earned numerous Phi Beta Kappa awards, dozens of honors graduates and more than 30 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Since 2005, Mizzou student-athletes have earned an unprecedented 164 individual Academic All-Big 12 awards to go along with its USTFCCCA team honors and post-graduate scholarships. The women peaked in 2005 by bringing home 22 Academic All-Big 12 honors while the men's best total came in 2007 when they brought home 19. In 2009, the Mizzou men and women combined for 29 Academic All-Big 12 honors.
Also in 2009, the Mizzou women's team compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.23 while the men came in at 3.12. The Mizzou women's cross country team also holds the Mizzou athletics record with 3.72 team term GPA in 2005.
During that 2005-06 academic year, Missouri's track and field student-athletes were the winners of an unprecedented five NCAA post-graduate scholarships, leading all other teams in any sport of any division of the NCAA. 2008-09 senior Brian Graybill is the most recent McGuire understudy to take home an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.
Coach McGuire is not only known around the track, he is a highly regarded professor as well. Holding his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia, Dr. McGuire is a member of the faculty in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the University of Missouri's College of Education. He is one of only a few NCAA Division I coaches who regularly teach both a graduate and undergraduate course load.
A dynamic and popular teacher and lecturer, Coach McGuire has been honored by the College of Education as the recipient of the "High Flyers Award" for teaching excellence, recently receiving this award for the 14th consecutive year. For this achievement, he was awarded the "Pillar of Excellence Award" by the Dean of the College of Education, one of only three individuals to have attained this honor.
These awards represent the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member. He has also been recognized with the Missouri Students Association Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the students have honored him with induction into the QEBH and Omicron Delta Kappa national education honor societies.
Leadership and Service
Dr. McGuire has provided leadership and service to the coaches and athletes of track and field throughout his career. In 1983 he founded - and for 26 years has led - the sport psychology program for USA Track and Field. Now with a staff of more than 30 sport psychology professionals, this program is considered the finest
sport psychology service delivery program in the world today and serves as a model for USOC national sport governing bodies. McGuire also serves as curriculum coordinator and lead instructor for USA Track and Field's Coaches Education Program.
Coach McGuire has served on the staff for nine United States National Track and Field Teams, including the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Team staffs for Barcelona and Atlanta. He has also served with our national teams at the 1995 World Championships, the 1990 World Cup, the 1988 and 1986 World Junior Championships, the 1986 Junior Pan American Games, and for dual meet competitions with Cuba in 1987 and Romania in 1986.
In December 2006, McGuire was elected as President of the NCAA Division I branch of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In addition, he recently completed his four-year term as a member of the NCAA Track and Field Committee. In 2000, McGuire served as president of the Missouri Track and Cross County Coaches Association (MTCCCA).
Honors and Recognitions
McGuire has twice been named as the Conference Coach of the Year and once as the Midwest Region Coach of the Year. He has been inducted into the prestigious Drake Relays Hall of Fame (2000) and the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1999) and has served as the referee for both the Drake and Kansas Relays.
Speaking and Writing
Coach McGuire's varied experiences and involvements, along with his enthusiastic and passionate teaching style, have earned him the reputation as a very popular and nationally prominent speaker, and have allowed numerous opportunities to provide clinics, seminars, and workshops for educational leaders, professional, business and civic organizations. His "Coaching Mental Excellence" seminars have been enjoyed throughout the country, and he is a regular presenter at national athletic and sport psychology conferences and conventions. He has authored four books, five book chapters and more than 20 articles for scientific and professional journals.
McGuire is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and was a member of the varsity basketball team. He began his career as an educator and coach at Greenwich (N.Y.) High School. In 1978, he received a Master's Degree in physical education with emphasis in athletic coaching from Alfred University and then in 1983 earned his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the University of Virginia. While at Virginia, McGuire taught Motor Learning and Scientific Bases of Coaching and was the Coordinator of the Coaching Education Program in the Department of Physical Education. Also at Virginia, he served as an assistant coach with the Cavalier's track and field program. During that time the Virginia teams won the AIAW National Indoor Championship and two NCAA Cross Country Championships
McGuire grew up on his family's dairy farm in upstate Salem, N.Y. He and his wife, Jane, have two grown children, Wendy and Mick. Jane is now retired from a career as a high-school Spanish and French teacher. Wendy is a graduate of Pepperdine Law School and the University of Missouri and is now a lawyer in San Francisco. Mick is a graduate of Princeton University and earned an MBA from Harvard and currently lives and works in New York City.
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