Current SMU cross country head coach Cathy Casey has assumed the role of head track & field coach at SMU. Casey replaces Dave Wollman who stepped down after 28 years as track & field head coach.
Casey has been on the Hilltop for the past 14 years, becoming head cross country coach in 2005. During her time, she has also served as an assistant track & field coach, overseeing the middle and long distance groups.
As cross country coach, Casey has led the Mustangs to five conference championships in the past seven years, including three straight from 2011-13. She has been named the conference’s Coach of the Year five times. In addition, she has coached two All-Americans, three conference Athletes of the Year and 18 All-Conference performers.
“Coach Casey has done a tremendous job with our cross country program, and I know she will help us maintain the high level of success in our track & field program as a whole,” said SMU Director of Athletics Rick Hart. “She has a proven record of reaching and exceeding our standards both on and off the competitive surfaces. We are pleased to promote her to this new role.”
This past season, Casey guided the cross country team to a third-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championship with three Mustangs earning all-conference honors. The team went on to place third at the NCAA South Central Regional, narrowly missing a berth to the NCAA Championship.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Casey helped the track & field program sweep the conference championships, as the Mustangs took home the cross country, indoor and outdoor titles. The indoor and outdoor track & field championships were the first conference crowns in school history. Casey and the rest of the SMU staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year at all three championships.
A native of Carbondale, Illinois, Casey was a member of the cross country and track & field teams at the University of Texas, earning her degree in 1997. Casey currently resides in Dallas with her husband Jim.