Mike Kirkland (coach)

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Mike Kirkland
Sport(s) Track and field
Current position
Title Athletic Director
Head Coach, Women's T&F
Team Southwestern College
Playing career
1978-1980 Cloud County CC
1980-1982 Southwestern College
Position(s) Sprints, Hurdles, and Relay
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992-present Southwestern (Women's Track)
1982-present Southwestern (Men's Track Asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
KCAC 15-time KCAC Women's Track Coach of the Year (11 consecutive)[1]

Mike Kirkland is the former athletic director[2] and current Head Women's Track & Field Coach[3] at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

Coaching success[edit]

As of 2008, every team he has served as head coach has won its conference championship[4] and 11 of his 12 years as a head coach he has been named KCAC Women's Track Coach of the Year. His teams have amassed a 393-33 record (.922) and have not lost to a conference team since he took the helm in 1992.[5] Peers have stated this success is attributed to the consistency of his coaching style.[6]

Personal athletic success[edit]

As a student at Southwestern, Kirkland was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-American, a member of the Southwestern College record-setting 440-yard and 4 x 100 meter relay teams, and competed in the National Championships each of his two seasons at Southwestern.[1]