Aug. 26, 2006
CHICAGO - Marc Burns, head cross country and track and field coach at Loyola University Chicago has resigned from his post to accept the head cross country coaching position at Wichita State University, Loyola Director of Athletics John Planek announced today. Burns spent the last 10 seasons at Loyola and guided the Rambler men's team to its first-ever team appearance at the NCAA Championships last fall. In his tenure, both the Rambler men and women never finished lower than second place at the Horizon League Championships.
"It has been an honor to lead the Rambler cross country/track and field programs over the last decade," Burns said. "This is a program rich in history and I will always cherish the time I spent in Alumni Gym. John Planek has done a fantastic job leading the athletic department. Our program is in the best shape it has ever been in thanks to his efforts. I hope that I have added something positive to the history of our program. I am excited to be heading to Wichita State but I will never forget what Loyola has done for me as a student, athlete, coach and person."
Under his direction, the programs reached unprecedented heights as Alana Crisman captured consecutive individual cross country titles in 1998 and 1999, while Kristyne McGuinn finished first in 2001. Loyola's women's team earned back-to-back league cross country championships in 2000 and 2001, years in which Burns was also lauded as the circuit's coach of the year. Burns led the Rambler men to a share of the Horizon League title in 2001 and three of his runners turned in second-place finishes at the men's league meet. In 2002, Robert Wade became the first Loyola runner since 1991 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
In addition, the Loyola track and field programs have started to flourish under Burns' watch as Marcia Faustin picked up three straight Horizon League high-jump titles, among other accomplishments.
A two-time All-America in track for the Ramblers, Burns was also a three-time all-conference selection in cross country at Loyola.