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Regarded as a builder of programs, Randy Hasenbank begins his fifth season as head cross country/track & field coach at Loyola University Chicago. Hasenbank, a 15-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, made his move to Rogers Park after spending five seasons as the head women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at the University of Alabama.
Hasenbank has made an immediate impact since coming to Rogers Park in 2011. He's directed the Loyola cross country and track & field teams to five Horizon League team championships, two top-three Missouri Valley Conference finishes and an astonishing 66 individual conference titles. He's also overseen the setting of 62 school records during his short time at the university.
Hasenbank has also made a point of establishing Loyola on the national stage. 36 Ramblers have qualified for regional and national competition since he arrived at Loyola, which includes a stretch of five consecutive NCAA Championship meets with at least one Loyola athlete competing. Nine student-athletes have also garnered All-American accolades, the first such honors since 1992. Under Hasenbank's guidance, Loyola athletes have also won titles at prestigious meets including the Drake Relays, Mt. SAC Relays and Florida Relays.
In 2014-15, Hasebank oversaw one of the most successful and historic seasons in Loyola's history. Sam Penzenstadler became the first individual male athlete to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Robert Wade in 2002. His third-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional was the highest finish for a Rambler since the regional meet was established in 2005. The success continued into the track season, as Penzenstadler clocked the fastest mile time in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference en route to qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Behind conference titles from Penzenstadler (mile), Jake Mazanke (800m) and James McLachlan (triple jump), the Rambler men went on to place third at the MVC Indoor Championships, the highest finish since joining the conference in 2013. Outdoors, the men's 4x800m relay team broke the school record en route to capturing the event title at the prestigious Drake Relays, the program's first relay victory at the meet in 52 years. The Ramblers went on to earn 13 bids to the NCAA West Preliminary Round, and Loyola was one of only four programs in the country to qualify three men for the 200m race. Loyola was once again represented at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as Alison Szykowny became the program's first-ever national qualifier in the throwing events.
In 2013-14, the Ramblers competed as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference for the first time. At the conference championships, the cross country teams placed five runners on the all-conference teams and earned a runner-up finish on the men's side and a fourth-place finish on the women's side. Between the indoor and outdoor conference championships, the Ramblers captured 10 total event titles. Seven athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary round, as well as one relay team, while Sam Penzenstadler earned All-America honors at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
In 2012-13, Hasenbank helped orchestrate a clean sweep of the Horizon League Athlete of the Year awards in Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field. For his efforts, Hasenbank was named Horizon League Coach of the Year five times during the 2012-13 campaign and was also honored as the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In five years at Alabama, Hasenbank oversaw one of the most successful eras in Crimson Tide history, turning the program into one of the top outfits in the Southeastern Conference and the South Region. During his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Hasenbank produced three All-SEC runners, three freshman All-SEC selections and five all-region performances.
Hasenbank turned around the Alabama program in a short period of time. Before he took the reins of the Crimson Tide team, it had produced just one All-SEC runner since 2000 and no student-athlete had collected All-South Region honors since 1999. But, in just five seasons, Hasenbank helped mold those three All-SEC runners, three freshman All-SEC honorees and five all-region performers. His work was even more impressive on the regional level as he helped the Tide to its best cumulative three-year finish at the regional championships since 1986-88.
Before heading up Alabama's women's cross country program, Hasenbank was one of the most successful coaches in the Midwest, building a perennial conference title contender at Wichita State. As the head cross country coach at Wichita State, Hasenbank coaches 64 runners to All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and was named 2006 NCAA Division I Midwest Distance Coach of the Year. He also collected 2005 MVC Cross Country Coach of the Year honors and led the Shocker women to the 2005 MVC cross country title.
From 2002-06, the Shockers earned 13 NCAA Division I qualifying marks and 11 top-10 performances in school history. During the 2005-06 seasons, Hasenbank mentored the NCAA Midwest Region Female Athlete of the Year, the MVC Athlete of the Year and the MVC Indoor Athlete of the Year.
Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Hasenbank was an accomplished coach at the high school level, serving as the head coach at Andover High School in Kansas. At Andover, he coached the girls cross country team for four consecutive state finals, winning the title in 2001. His success wasn't just limited to the women's team however, as the boys' squad made back-to-back state tournament appearances for the first time since 1981-82.
Hasenbank was a steeplechaser at Wichita State, earning All-MVC accolades, while also helping the Shockers to the 1987 MVC crown and a national ranking in 1987. He earned junior college All-American honors as a member of the Cloud County cross country/track and field team. A 1990 graduate of Wichita State, Hasenbank also earned his master's degree from WSU in 1995.
Hasenbank is married to the former Lennis Whitehair.