Fresh off Duke’s most successful combined season ever and the Duke men’s highest ACC outdoor track and field scoring output since 1963, Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie is eager to begin his 19th cross country season in the fall of 2009 and his 20th track and field season at Duke in January 2010. Ogilvie-coached athletes won the IC4A team title in cross country in the fall of 2008 and had its highest NCAA regional finish, fourth, in several years. Indoors, Duke won the ECAC team title and had eleven male and eleven female athletes win All-East honors. Duke also had the distinction of sweeping the mile and 1,500m runs for men and women, indoors and outdoors, in 2009. Outdoors, Duke sent four athletes to the NCAA Championships. In all, eleven school records were shattered, indoors and outdoors, in 2008-09.
Named the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2000 after guiding the Duke men to their first ACC title since 1977, head coach Norm Ogilvie has done the hands-on coaching of all male middle distance and distance runners for the past two decades in Durham. In 2008-09, he guided three sophomores to an NCAA individual berth in cross country, multiple IC4A titles and an ACC individual title in the steeplechase. Ogilvie-coached distance relay teams altered the Duke all-time top-five list no less than five times in 2009, including the four-mile relay, which ranked No. 7 in the nation.
Over Ogilvie’s 19 track and field seasons at Duke, he has coached 176 All-East selections, seven ACC individual champions, nine IC4A champions, two ECAC champions and five All-Americans. In cross country, Ogilvie has coached an ACC team title, two IC4A team titles and three NCAA appearances, including a 14th-place finish in 2001. Ogilvie has coached one ACC cross country champion, one Southeast Region individual champion and two runners-up, 17 All-Southeast region selections and one All-American. His career record versus Division-I opponents is 826-288-1 over nine cross country seasons.
Promoted to director of track and field at Duke in June of 2003, Ogilvie took over the reins of the Duke women’s program from his wife, Jan, who decided to continue her career in Duke’s physical education department and spend more time with the family’s two daughters, Jade, 12, and Starr, 6.
The men’s track & field team under Ogilvie has been consistently strong in the distances, the events he coaches directly. Indoors, Ogilvie-coached athletes have accounted for 23 of the top 25 all-time marks from 800 to 5,000 meters at Duke, while the field events have also developed significantly under Ogilvie’s direction and coaching hires. Thirteen of the 14 indoor field records for men and women and 16 of the 18 outdoor field school records for men and women have been accomplished under Ogilvie’s watch.
Prior to his time at Duke, Ogilvie spent three semesters on the University of Colorado staff, 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 masters’ degree from Duke in July of 1996. In addition to coaching, Ogilvie has also covered track and field meets for network television for the past 20 years. Ogilvie was also the president of the IC4A Coaches Association through May of 2002.
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