Dan Schwamberger enters his tenth season in 2016-2017 as the head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men’s and women’s cross country teams. Schwamberger is also the middle/long distance coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Women’s Cross Country
In 2009, the UW-Eau Claire women’s cross country team won the NCAA Division III team national title and Schwamberger was named the NCAA Division III women’s cross country Coach of the Year. This is the second national title in program history, which also includes the 1984 NAIA team crown. The Blugold women have placed at Nationals as a team eight of Schwamberger’s ten years at Eau Claire, which include: 16th in ’15, 17th in ’14, 5th in ’12, 17th in ’11, 4th in ’10, 1st in ’09, 5th in ’08 and 8th in ’07. During this time, eight runners have earned ten NCAA All-American awards (top 35 individual national finish).
During Schwamberger’s tenure the women’s team has won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships six times. In addition, Lucy Ramquist won the individual WIAC title in 2015.
The Blugold women have also excelled in the classroom earning a team cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the past ten years, including the 2009 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team of the year award.
Men’s Cross Country
In 2015 the UW-Eau Claire men’s cross country team won their first NCAA Division III national title in program history and Schwamberger was named the NCAA Division III Men’s cross country Coach of the Year. The Blugold men have had a team or individual qualifier at Nationals eight of Schwamberger’s ten years at Eau Claire, which include the following team national places: 1st in ’15, 3rd in ’16, 7th in ’14, 9th in ’13, 10th in ’12, and 16th in ’09. During this time seven runners have earned twelve NCAA All-American awards (top 35 individual national finish).
During Schwamberger’s tenure the men’s team has won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships three times (2014, 2015 & 2016), and finished runner-up twice (2012 & 2013). In addition, Josh Thorson won the individual WIAC Title in 2014.
The Blugold men have also excelled in the classroom earning a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the past nine years, including the 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic team of the year award.
Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field – Middle/Long Distance
On the track during Schwamberger’s tenure the middle/long distance crew has earned 43 All-American awards (11 women’s & 32 men’s), set 23 school records (9 women’s / 14 men’s), won 20 individual WIAC titles (13 women’s / 7 men’s), captured five NCAA individual national titles (Chris Wirtz – 3K steeplechase national champion in 2010, Aaron Easker – 10K national champion in 2013 & Josh Thorson – 5K national champion in 2015, Indoor 3K & Indoor 5K National Champion in 2016) and one relay national title (2015 men’s distance medley relay).
Schwamberger is USATF Level II Certified in the middle/long distance events and earned the USTFCCCA strength & conditioning specialist certification in December of 2014.
Prior to UW Eau-Claire Dan was the assistant cross country and track & field coach at UW-Platteville from 2004-2007. He was a graduate assistant track & field coach at Loras College from 2002-2004 where he earned his master’s degree in physical education.
Schwamberger earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from UW-Stevens Point, where he competed for four seasons in cross country and track. He was a two-time All-American in cross country and five-time track All-American, which includes winning an NCAA National Title in the indoor 5K. In addition, Dan was a GTE First Team Academic All-American in track and the WIAC Scholar Athlete Award Winner in cross country. In October 2012, Schwamberger was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dan is married to Marcie, who works full-time in the Eau Claire School District as a middle school physical education teacher and also coaches cross country and track & field at UW-Eau Claire.