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John McDonnell By The Numbers Quick Facts

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John McDonnell By The Numbers Quick Facts

John McDonnell By The Numbers

1973 – The last year Arkansas did not win a conference cross country championship

652 – All-America selections

331 – Individual conference champions (20 cross country, 160 indoor, 151 outdoor)

223 – points scored by his 1994 outdoor team at the SEC meet, a league record

185 – All-Americans (coached all but three of Arkansas’ all-time All-Americans)

140 – National, Regional and Conference Coach of the Year honors

105 – Individual NCAA championships won (three cross country, 51 indoor, 51 outdoor)

94 – Points scored by his 1994 indoor team at the NCAA meet, the most in NCAA history

90 – Percentage of SEC titles won since joining the league (45 of 50)

83 – Conference championships (34 cross country, 27 indoor track, 22 outdoor track)

62 – Region Coach of the Year honors

61 – Percentage of NCAA titles won since 1984 (42 of 69)

49 – Conference Coach of the Year honors

45 – Southeastern Conference championships (17 cross country, 15 indoor track, 13 outdoor track)

42 – NCAA championships (more than any other coach in anysingle-gender programin the history of collegiate athletics)

38 – Southwest Conference championships (17 cross country, 12 indoor track, 9 outdoor track)

36 – Years as Arkansas’ head coach

34 – Consecutive conference cross country titles won (current streak, record for any sport)

30 – National Coach of the Year honors

25 – Consecutive conference cross country, indoor and outdoor track titles won (1987-95)

23 – Olympians coached (including gold, silver and bronze medalists)

20 – Conference triple crowns (eight straight from 1987-95)

19 – NCAA indoor track titles

12 – NCAA outdoor track titles

12 – Consecutive NCAA indoor titles won (1984-95)

11 – NCAA cross country titles (NCAA record)

5 – NCAA triple crowns (1984-85, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1998-99)

John McDonnell Quick Facts

Birthdate: July 2, 1938

Birthplace: County Mayo, Ireland

Family

Wife: former Ellen Elias

Children: Heather, Sean

Education

B.A. in Education

Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), 1969

Running Experience

Six-time All-American in track and cross country at USL

1966-67 AAU 3,000-meter champion

Won mile at the 1966 British Selection Games

Coaching Experience

New Providence (N.J.) High School, 1969-70

Lafayette (La.) High School, 1971

Arkansas, 1972-2008

NCAA National Championships (42)

Cross Country: 11 (1984, 1986-87, 1990-93, 1995, 1998-2000)

Indoor Track: 19 (1984-95, 1997-2000, 2003, 2005-06)

Outdoor Track: 12 (1985, 1992-99, 2003-05)

Conference Championships (83)

Cross Country: 34 (1974-2007)

Indoor Track: 26 (1979, 1981-95, 1997-2003, 2005-08)

Outdoor Track: 22 (1982-85, 1988-2000, 2003-05)

Coaching Honors

National Track and Field Hall of Fame

United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame

USA Track and Field Hall of Fame

Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame

UA Hall of Honor

ULL Sports Hall of Fame

Selected as Team USA’s middle distance coach for the 2003 IAAF World Championships

National Coach of the Year 30 times

Conference Coach of the Year 49 times

Region Coach of the Year 62 times



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