JUSTIN KINSETH | HEAD COACH
Justin Kinseth was named the new head coach of the storied UW-Oshkosh men’s and women’s track & field programs on May 30.
Kinseth was mostly recently an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, and director of strength and conditioning for the Benedictine University (Ill.) men’s and women’s track & field teams.
"I am deeply humbled and excited to work with such a supportive staff at UW-Oshkosh and for the opportunity to lead these young men and women within the track & field program,” Kinseth said. “I also want to thank UW-Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims for inviting me into a strong culture of student-athlete excellence that is shown both in competition and in the classroom.”
After joining Benedictine University in March 2015, Kinseth helped coach the men's track & field team to Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) indoor and outdoor titles in 2016.
In his two-plus years at Benedictine University, Kinseth coached and developed more than 20 NCAA Division III postseason qualifiers, including several All-Americans. Kinseth also coordinated recruiting efforts that saw more than 40 new student-athletes enroll at Benedictine University each year.
With Kinseth’s assistance, the Benedictine University men’s team achieved its first top-25 ranking from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The squad was ranked 77th in 2015 before ascending to third in the national poll in 2017.
Kinseth was named the 2017 USTFCCCA Men’s NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year following both the indoor and outdoor national championships. He was also selected the 2017 Men’s NCAA Division III Midwest Region Indoor and Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
During 2017, Kinseth helped Benedictine University place fourth at the Division III men’s outdoor championship. He coached student-athletes to titles in the triple jump and the 400-meter relay while tutoring the national runner-up in the long jump.
“We are excited to have Justin as a member of our athletics program,” Sims said. “He has been a successful recruiter because of his infectious energy and passion, and has had great success wherever he has been. I welcome Justin to our Titan community and look forward to partnering with him on the many things that make UW-Oshkosh a successful athletics program.”
Prior to his tenure at Benedictine University, Kinseth was an assistant track & field and cross country coach at Cardinal Stritch University for two years. His recruiting helped bring in 30 student-athletes to the men’s team while helping double the women's roster in just one season.
Kinseth competed in both football and track & field for Wartburg College (Iowa). He was a wide receiver for the Knights in 2009, when the team won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Kinseth was a four-year letter winner as a member of the Wartburg College track & field team. He helped the Knights win the 2012 IIAC indoor and 2013 IIAC outdoor titles while competing in the javelin and the multi-events. Kinseth currently ranks fifth in Wartburg College history in the pentathlon.
Kinseth earned his bachelor’s and master's degree from Wartburg College and Cardinal Stritch University, respectively.
Kinseth replaces Mary Theisen-Lappen, who served as interim head coach of the UW-Oshkosh men’s and women’s track & field teams since August. Theisen-Lappen will remain as an assistant track & field coach with an emphasis in the throws.
The UW-Oshkosh men’s and women’s track & field programs are among the most successful in the country.
The women’s team has won a Division III-leading nine indoor and nine outdoor national titles. UW-Oshkosh has also produced nine NCAA runner-up finishes during the outdoor season and seven second-place finishes at the national indoor meet.
UW-Oshkosh claimed women’s indoor national championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Titan women also secured NCAA outdoor titles in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2011.
On the men’s side, UW-Oshkosh clinched both the indoor and outdoor national titles in 2009. The Titan men placed second in the NCAA at the 1990 outdoor championship and finished as the national indoor runners-up in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2013.
“The competitive environment that this track & field program offers is extremely exciting,” Kinseth said. “I am also thrilled to bring my experiences and values into this athletics department. Everything that UW-Oshkosh represents is a tremendous fit for me, and I am eager to provide a tradition of competitive excellence."
MARY THEISEN | ASSISTANT COACH
Mary Theisen has been named UW-Oshkosh’s interim head men’s and women’s track & field coach following the resignation of Ben Dorsey on Oct. 5. Theisen had been announced as the full-time assistant coach at the university on Aug. 23.
Theisen, who tutored UW-Oshkosh throwers as a volunteer coach last season, also assisted with the University of Wisconsin throws program on a volunteer basis during the 2014-15 season.
Last year, Theisen helped UW-Oshkosh's Elizabeth Abhold and Zachary Baehman achieve indoor All-America honors in the 20-pound weight throw and shot put, respectively. She also coached Abhold to the outdoor WIAC hammer throw title.
“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to lead the UW-Oshkosh track & field program,” Theisen said. “We have some very talented student-athletes and I look forward to being more involved with the them as a group, rather than my specific event unit. Our student-athletes and coaches over the years have been instrumental in building a championship tradition, and I look forward to being a part of that tradition in an expanded role.”
Theisen, an Eau Claire Regis High School graduate, began her collegiate career at NCAA Division II Winona State University (Minn.). She totaled five All-America awards for the Warriors, including one with her first-place effort in the discus at the 2011 national outdoor championship. In 2011, Theisen was named the Central Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Following three seasons at Winona State University, Theisen transferred to NCAA Division I Indiana State University. She earned three All-America citations for the Sycamores during the 2014 season and was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship. Theisen concluded her collegiate career by placing ninth in the shot put at the USA Outdoor Championship. She also holds three state of Wisconsin powerlifting records.
Theisen earned a bachelor's degree in sport management from Indiana State University in 2014.
“I’m very pleased with Mary’s willingness to assume the role of interim head track & field coach,” said UW-Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims. “She will provide quality leadership and offer our student-athletes the continuity that we believe is vital to continuing the outstanding success of our indoor and outdoor programs.”
EAMON MCKENNA | ASSISTANT COACH
Eamon McKenna enters his sixth year with the UW-Oshkosh track & field programs, including his third straight in an assistant role. McKenna also entered his second year as head coach of the UW-Oshkosh women’s cross country team and fifth season as the head coach for men's cross country.
McKenna was the Titan men's track & field head coach from 2013-15 and an assistant for the program since 2016 as well assisting the women's track & field team since 2012.
As head coach, McKenna guided track & field athletes to four NCAA Division III individual titles (two indoors, two outdoors), All-America awards in 47 events (24 indoors, 23 outdoors) and WIAC individual championships in 22 events (seven indoors, 15 outdoors). He also helped athletes to one NCAA Division III Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and one Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.
McKenna's men's indoor track & field team was the NCAA Division III runner-up in 2013 before finishing third at the national meet in 2014 and eighth in 2015. His outdoor teams placed third in the country in 2013, fourth in 2014 and 39th in 2015.
At the WIAC Men's Track & Field Championships, McKenna's squads finished second at both the 2013 indoor and outdoor meets as well as at the 2014 outdoor event.
In 2016, McKenna coached his women's cross country team to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 2012. The women's team placed 16th at the national meet after placing second at the WIAC Championship and fourth at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. McKenna's men's cross country team finished fourth at the WIAC race seventh at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional as one men's team runner qualified for the national meet.
During his first season as the UW-Oshkosh women's cross country coach in 2015, McKenna earned WIAC Coach of the Year honors as the Titans secured their 16th league title and first since winning 15 straight from 1986-2000. McKenna has guided one women's runner to a top-10 finish at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional and four runners to top-10 finishes at the WIAC Championship.
In 2015, McKenna's UW-Oshkosh women cross country squad placed second at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional and 15th at the national meet.
With the men's cross country team, McKenna has coached two All-Americans, six runners to top-10 finishes at the WIAC Championship and four runners to top-10 showings at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.
In 2015, UW-Oshkosh made its second trip to the NCAA Division III Championship in three seasons and its 23rd appearance overall. The Titans placed 13th at the national meet after finishing fourth at the Midwest Regional and third at the WIAC Championship.
In 2014, McKenna's squad placed fourth at the WIAC Championship and seventh at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.
During 2013, McKenna led UW-Oshkosh to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship and third-place showings at both the WIAC Championship and the Midwest Regional.
In 2012, McKenna helped the Titans finish sixth at the league meet and 11th at the Midwest Regional. UW-Oshkosh's John Dewitt earned his second consecutive Division III Men's Cross Country Elite 90 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average at each of the NCAA's 90 championships.
McKenna returned to the Titans after spending the 2011-12 school year as an assistant coach in both cross country and track & field at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He also possesses coaching experience from two years (2009-10) as an assistant coach at Mount Mary University and four years (2005-08) as an assistant coach at Oconomowoc High School. McKenna began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the UW-Oshkosh men’s cross country team in 2003.
McKenna competed for the UW-Oshkosh men’s cross country team from 1999-2002 and the Titans track & field squads from 2000-04. The Titans captured conference, regional and national championships in 2002 while also winning the WIAC title in 2000.
McKenna’s finest cross country season came in 2002, when he earned All-America honors with his 25th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship. He placed seventh at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in 2002 and 12th in 2001.
McKenna earned three All-America citations as a participant in track & field from 2000-04. He competed indoors from 2000-02 and again in 2004 and outdoors from 2000-03. UW-Oshkosh won the WIAC indoor title in 2001 and placed second at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in both 2001 and 2003. The Titans finished third at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in 2003.
On the outdoor track, McKenna gained All-America citations by placing sixth in the 10,000-meter run and eighth in the 5,000-meter run at the 2003 NCAA Division III Championship. He also earned All-America status with his eighth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the 2002 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship. The Oconomowoc native won the 5,000-meter run at the 2003 WIAC Outdoor Championship.
McKenna acquired numerous academic awards while attending UW-Oshkosh. In 2002 and 2003, the College Sports Information Directors of America voted McKenna to its Men’s Cross Country/Men’s Track and Field Academic All-America team. He was named the winner of the WIAC Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Award in 2002 and the UW-Oshkosh John Taylor Senior Scholar-Athlete Award in 2003.
McKenna received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2004. The 339th-place finisher (2:55.17) in the 2012 Boston Marathon then earned a master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 2008. McKenna also has taught middle school and high school Spanish classes in the Milwaukee area.