Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Jeremy Rasmussen
Jeremy Rasmussen

Cross Country/Distance Coach

Fifth Season

Alma Mater:
Arizona State University '03


Illinois Split for Husker & Meyo Invitational

Illini to face toughest competition yet this season


2012 Cross Country Season in Review

Senior leads youthful squad throughout season


Schneider and Yaeger Earn Midwest All-Region Honors

Illini place ninth at the regional meet


Illini Finish Ninth at Big Ten Championships

Yaeger leads team and earns second-team All-Big Ten honors


Falsey Takes Illinois Open Title

Sophomore leads Illini for second time in career


Illini Classic 1/19/13

Photos from the Illini Classic at the UI Armory


Illini Open

Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013

  • 3 NCAA Individual Champions (XC, indoor 3000m, outdoor 5000m)
  • 12 All-Americans
  • 5 Individual Big Ten Champions
  • 7 School Records
  • 4 USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team Awards

During the 2013 season, Rasmussen coached Courtney Yaeger as she reset her school record in the 10,000m, finishing third at the Big Ten Championships. He also coached nine athletes into the Illinois school record books throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons. Helped Katie Porada score six points individually at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, as she finished third in the 1,500m and sixth in her first ever 5,000m.

In 2012, Rasmussen coached Courtney Yaeger as she broke the program record in the 10,000m and set the eighth fastest 5,000m time during the outdoor season. He also coached Madeline Aufmann and Amber Stack as they both scored points for the Illini in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships. Both athletes' times rank third and fourth fastest in the school records books, respectively. Katie Porada also scored points for the Orange and Blue at the conference meet, running the fifth-fastest 1,500m time in school history. All four athletes qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships in their respective events.

On the track in 2011, Rasmussen coached Chantelle Groenewoud to her first career All-America honors in the 3,000m steeplechase while Stephanie Morgan picked up Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 1,500m. Both athletes recorded the second-fastest times in school history in their respective events, which included a Drake Relays record by Morgan in her 1,500m victory. Morgan was a second-team All-Big Ten selection following her runner-up finish in the indoor 800m, and Groenewoud grabbed the accolade in the steeplechase at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Elizabeth Boyle also twice broke the program record in the 10,000m during the season.

At the 2010 Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships, Morgan led the team and finished 20th overall to earn All-Region honors with the sixth-fastest 6K time in Illinois history. Morgan became the seventh Illini runner to earn the accolade under Rasmussen while Groenewoud, a two-time All-Region runner, finished one spot outside the top 25 at the regional meet.

Under Rasmussen's guidance, the 2010 track season was highlighted by Angela Bizzarri's third national title and four Big Ten titles from the nine-time All-American. Bizzarri won the indoor 3,000m national crown, completing the circuit as a cross country, indoor and outdoor national champion, which only seven other women have done in NCAA history. She also successfully doubled at both conference championships, winning the 3,000m and 5,000m titles at the indoor meet and the 1,500m and 5,000m at the outdoor meet. For her accomplishments, Bizzarri received her third consecutive Dike Eddleman Award as Illinois' female athlete of the year.

Rasmussen's distance crew also accomplished a first for Illinois at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships by scoring in all four distance events, with Bizzarri in the 1,500m and 5,000m, Groenewoud and Maddie Aufmann in the 3,000m steeplechase, and Boyle in the 10,000m. In total, five distance runners qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round of Championship, making Illinois one of 13 programs to be represented in every distance event at the prelims.

At the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Illini notched a third consecutive top-12 finish under Rasmussen's guidance, a feat accomplished by only six other teams. The Orange and Blue placed 12th as a team, while senior Angela Bizzarri became the first Illinois women's cross country runner to ever win the NCAA cross country title, posting a school-record time of 19:46 in her victory. The Mason, Ohio, native was named the USTFCCCA National Cross Country Athlete of the Year and the Midwest Region Athlete of the Year along with winning the Honda Sports Award.

Along with Rasmussen's success at the national meet in 2009, the Illini also recorded their third consecutive runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and their best finish (2nd) at the Big Ten Championships since 2005. The top four runners, Bizzarri, sophomore Kristin Sutherland, Boyle and Groenewoud, each earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive season. Those four runners also took home All-Big Ten accolades, with Bizzarri and Sutherland garnering first team honors and Boyle and Groenewoud taking home second team honors, marking the most All-Big Ten performers in program history.

During the 2009 track season, Rasmussen guided Bizzarri to her first national title with her victory in the 5,000m at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She became the seventh national champion in school history, was named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year, notched her second consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional title and won the first Big Ten title of her career at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She also took third in the 5,000m at the USA Championships with a personal-best and school-record time of 15:33.02.

In 2008, Illinois took 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, led by Bizzarri (6th) and senior Katie Engel (22nd). Bizzarri earned All-America accolades for the third consecutive season while Engel notched her first All-America honors, marking the first time two Illini earned the award in one season.

At the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional, Illinois finished second behind Minnesota with Bizzarri, Engel, Groenewoud, Sutherland and Boyle earning All-Region honors. Illinois also fared well at the 2008 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., under Rasmussen's tutelage, finishing in fourth place for the second consecutive season in one of the most competitive conference meets in the country. Engel and Bizzarri finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to take home first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Rasmussen also coached freshmen Danelle Woods and Groenewoud to appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2008, after Woods was NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the event and Groenewoud was close behind in second. Bizzarri, Woods and Groenewoud all earned All-Region honors.

Rasmussen guided the Illini to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the program's second-best finish in school history, and a successful showing at the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, where Illinois took second place behind All-Region runners Bizzarri, Engel and Woods.

At the 2007 Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Illinois finished fourth thanks to Bizzarri, a first-team All-Big Ten selection; Engel, a second-team All-Big Ten selection; and Woods, the 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Rasmussen led the Illini cross country squad to a top-10 national ranking for the duration of the 2007 season and a top-15 ranking during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Rasmussen joined the Illini in the summer of 2007 after spending the previous three seasons working with the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams at Arizona State. A former student-athlete for the Sun Devils, Rasmussen was elevated to assistant coach in the 2006 season after serving as a graduate assistant for two seasons and as a volunteer coach during the 2003-04 season.

As a member of the Arizona State staff, Rasmussen helped the Sun Devil distance corps become one of the nation's elite. The women's cross country team finished second at the Pac-10 Championships each of Rasmussen's three years with the program. In addition, Rasmussen helped guide the Sun Devils to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2005 and 13th-place finish in 2006.

A star in the steeplechase as a student-athlete, Rasmussen has worked with several of the top steeplers in the nation in recent years, including four-time Pac-10 steeplechase champion Aaron Aguayo and women's champions Amy Hastings, Anna Masinelli and Brooke Bennett. Prior to the 2006 cross country season, Rasmussen also worked with Lisa Aguilera when she won the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2006 USA Track & Field Championships.

Prior to his coaching and administrative duties, Rasmussen starred for the Sun Devils in both cross country and track and field. The 2000 Pac-10 champion in the 3,000m steeplechase and runner-up in both 2001 and 2002, Rasmussen helped the 2001 ASU men break the 100-point barrier at the conference competition for the first time in program history. In cross country, Rasmussen assisted the men's team in making history as the 1999 squad advanced to its first NCAA Championships appearance, placing 14th.

A Minnesota native and graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz., Rasmussen earned his bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Arizona State in 2003 and his master's in higher education from ASU in 2006. Rasmussen is certified as a USA Track and Field Level II coach.

Rasmussen and his wife, Annamarie, were wed in December 2010 and reside in Champaign.


B.S., Arizona State University (2003)

University of Illinois - Assistant Coach, 2007-present
Arizona State University - Assistant Coach, 2006-07
Arizona State University - Graduate Assistant Coach, 2004-06
Arizona State University - Volunteer Assistant Coach, 2003-04

• Coached one of only eight ever female distance athletes to win a national title in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track (Angela Bizzarri)
• Coached three-time Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year, 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, 2009 USTFCCCA National Cross Country Athlete of the Year, 2009 Honda Sports Award Winner for Cross Country and 2009 Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Angela Bizzarri)
• Coached all school record holders in cross country, indoor and outdoor from 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m, DMR and 6K cross country
• Coached seven of the top-10 6K performers in school history in cross country
• Saw athletes score in all four distance events at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships (first time in school history) and repeated feat in 2011
• Second place team at 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Championships tied best finish in school history
• First time in school history to have four All-Big Ten performers at 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Championships
• Team's sixth-place finish at 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships ranks as the program's second-best finish ever

Updated July 2012