After two years of program building and positive contributions to a growing athletic department at Caltech, director of cross country and track and field Michael Stevenson has announced his resignation.
Coach Stevenson has decided to move his family back to Illinois where he has taken a position at Western Illinois University. He earned his B.A. and M.S. in physical education from the Macomb, Illinois school.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to athletics department for two seasons. This has been a rewarding experience on so many levels and I am very appreciative but it is in the best interest to move my family back to their roots," Stevenson said. "It's been a pleasure to coach here and I wish the program and the department nothing but the success."
"I support Mike and his decision to do what is best for his family, but we will miss him," athletics director Betsy Mitchell said. "He has set a good expectation and tone for our cross country and track and field programs and while the students will endure a transition, Caltech is a place where smart, passionate, runners, jumpers and throwers can thrive."
During his tenure Caltech student-athletes set nearly 100 personal best marks. In addition, he oversaw three school records broken for the women's team. For the men's team he helped place nine different students on the Institute's all-time top 10 list.
Six different student-athletes earned an all-conference nod during his tenure. Furthermore, Stevenson coached Paige Logan to the 2014 SCIAC shot put title – the school first women's individual conference champion in 17 years.