Director of Track & Field Norm Ogilvie completed his 28th cross country season in the fall of 2018 and
enters his 29th track & field season at Duke following some of the most successful seasons in program
history, highlighted by a combined 16 first team All-America selections, 44 NCAA Championships qualifiers
and nine ACC titles over the last four indoor and outdoor campaigns.
Under Ogilvie’s direction, the men’s and women’s track and field teams have been on the rise over the last several seasons. The program has produced three NCAA titles in the past seven years with multi-event athlete Curtis Beach capturing the heptathlon crown at both the 2012 and 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and distance runner Juliet Bottorff crossing the line first in the 10,000 meters at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2017-18, Ogilvie led both the track and field and cross country programs to successful seasons, as the 2017 men’s cross country team finished with a 47-28 record. The young squad won three of five competitions during the year, and took ninth at the ACC Championships with three of six top individual team finishers being freshmen.
At the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, Madison Heath tied her personal-best in the pole vault, vaulting over 14-1.75 (4.31) to finish eighth and earn first team All-America honors. Steven Solomon clocked a time of 46.26 in the 400m to finish 10th overall and earn second team All-America honors to wrap up the indoor season.
Six Blue Devils made it to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships, with all finishing as second team All-Americans. The foursome of India Lowe, MacKenzie Kerr, Brittany Aveni and Maddy Price posted the second-fastest performance in school history in the women’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:32.26 to secure a ninth place finish—the highest NCAA Championships finish by a Duke 4x400 relay—and earn second team All-America recognition. In the women’s pole vault, Laura Marty earned the highest finish of career, taking 15th with a mark of 13-7.25 (4.15). On the men’s side, Solomon ran a season-best and Duke record time of 45.30 to place ninth for his second team All-America selection.
At the conference level, Duke claimed a pair of ACC titles as Solomon took home a gold medal in the 400m, becoming the first Blue Devil to finish the race in under 46 seconds with a time of 45.50. Kiegan Lenihan also claimed a conference crown in the men’s javelin throw for the second straight year, launching the javelin a personal-best 221-2 (67.42) to earn his first career ACC title. Sophomore 800m runner Matt Wisner clocked 1:48.04 and finished 5th at the conference championships.
In the fall of 2010, the men’s cross country team garnered the program’s first automatic bid to the NCAA Championships while finishing the year with a 98-25 record, matching the team’s highest win total since 2001. Ranked as high as ninth nationally, Duke concluded the season with a second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional, a team title for the third consecutive season at the IC4A Championships and a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships in addition to going undefeated during the regular season. With the team’s victory at the 2010 IC4A Championships, Ogilvie surpassed the 1,000 career wins milestone at Duke.
Over Ogilvie’s two-plus decades at Duke, he has coached 418 All-East selections, 66 ACC individual champions, 12 IC4A champions, 64 ECAC champions and 95 All-America selections. In cross country, Ogilvie has led Duke to an ACC team title, four IC4A team titles and six NCAA appearances. His career win-loss-tie record in cross country at Duke stands at 1,543-665-3 following the 2018 season. In addition, Ogilvie has overseen one ACC individual champion, one Southeast Region individual champion, 24 All-Southeast Region selections and one All-American in cross country.
Named the ACC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2000 after guiding the Duke men to their first ACC title since 1977, Ogilvie has worked directly with all male middle-distance and distance runners the past two decades in Durham. The field events have developed significantly under his direction and coaching hires. Virtually every Duke field event record for both the men’s and women’s programs have occurred during Ogilvie’s tenure.
Prior to his time at Duke, Ogilvie spent three semesters at the University of Colorado, assisting with distance runners.
As an athlete, Ogilvie owns a personal best of 14:07 for 5,000m and has covered one mile in 4:07.
A 1981 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a degree in journalism, Ogilvie completed
his master’s degree from Duke in July of 1996. In addition to coaching, Ogilvie has covered track & field meets for network television for the past 20 years, while also serving as the president of the IC4A Coaches Association through May of 2002. He has been the head men’s cross country coach and head men’s track coach since 2000.
Ogilvie was promoted to Director of Track & Field at Duke in June of 2003. His wife, Jan, coaches the Duke jumpers. They have two children, Jade and Starr.