Freshman earned junior all-american status for finish
Michael Allio returns for his second season as the volunteer assistant coach at Illinois after helping the Illini finish seventh at the Big Ten Championships last season and qualifying two individuals for the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the second time in school history.
As an athlete Allio ran cross country and track at the Division II level at Anderson (S.C.) University, where he held the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase. After graduation, Allio returned to his alma mater as an assistant Cross Country and Track and Field coach. During his three year tenure at Anderson, the cross country teams won two Conference Carolinas Cross Country championships. These teams included one NCAA Cross Country National Championship Qualifier (2006) and one individual conference champion. Allio worked with athletes setting 16 track and field and cross country school records at Anderson.
After completing his Master's degree, Michael followed his wife, Jennifer, to central Illinois where she is currently completing graduate coursework at the University of Illinois, School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon moving to Illinois he became the inaugural head track and field coach at Judah Christian School. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, his athletes qualified for the state meets in seven events. This group included one All-State long jumper.
While Allio assisted at Illinois Wesleyan the women's team finished sixth overall at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Allio holds USATF Level 1 and 2 certifications with his level 2 concentration in endurance events.
updated August 2012