TODD WITZLEBEN | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH, DISTANCE
Todd Witzleben enters his sixth year as the Bulls men's cross country and distance coach in 2015-16. He was elevated to associate head coach for the 2013 cross country season. He also takes on the role of recruiting coordinator for track events and foreign student-athletes.
Under Witzleben's direction, Zack Ahart became the first men's cross country runner in program history to win an individual MAC Championship.
In five seasons as the men's cross country coach, eight athletes have earned All-MAC honors. The Bulls had their best finish as a program in 2011 placing third at the MAC Championships. That same season, UB went on to claim a program-best seventh-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
The men's track & field team set nine school records in the distance events during 2013-14. The team scored 16 points in the distance events at the Outdoor MAC Championships. Tyler Scheving qualified for the NCAA Championships, Round 1 in the 800-meter run and the DMR established a new school record while winning the event at the Indoor MAC Championships.
During the 2014-15 season, Witzleben's Bulls clocked five new school records. Scheving recorded two indoors (800 & 1,000) and Brian Crimmins accounted for a pair outdoors (800 & 1,500). The duo was joined by Cameron Bruce and Tryvon Mask in winning the indoor DMR at the conference championships to tally first-team recognition.
In 2013, Crimmins set a school record in the indoor 1,000. His time of 2:24.16 was the 14th-best time in the NCAA and the 22nd-best by an American that season. Later that year, Scheving set the 800 school record clocking a time of 1:50.32. He went on to place seventh at the USATF Junior National Championships.
In 2011, Witzleben coached Ryan Bloom to a MAC title and a school record in the steeplechase. He also guided UB to a runner-up finish in the DMR and John Inzina to a second-place finish in the 3,000.
Witzleben was assistant coach at his alma mater, La Salle, from 2007-10 assisting with the distance runners. He coached Sean Quigley to a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000. Quigley went on to run a 28:03 10K, the seventh-fastest time by an American in NCAA history. In 2010, La Salle set a school record of 7:23 in the 4x800 relay. He also worked with Rachel Papin as she ran 33:15 in the 10,000.
In 2006-07, Witzleben served as the head cross country and distance coach at Temple, helping to rebuild the distance program after a 20-year hiatus. He got his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant at The College of New Jersey. During his tenure, TCNJ had Jeff Zodda win the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in the 800, while at the outdoor championships, Zodda earned a runner-up finish in the 800 and Brian Donovan had a second-place showing in the 10,000.
A Western New York native, Witzleben graduated from Orchard Park High School where he won the 1999 state championship in the 3,200. He twice qualified for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships while competing in cross country and track & field at LaSalle University and won six individual Atlantic-10 Conference titles. He was also a four-time Academic All-American and was named the 2003 La Salle University Student-Athlete of the Year. Witzleben was a 2010 inductee into La Salle's Hall of Athletes.
As professional runner, Witzleben was sponsored by Nike Team Run LA. He starred in Nike's Run Barefoot "Chariots of Fire" commercial and placed seventh at the 2005 Freescale Austin Marathon in 2:21.23.
Todd earned his Bachelor's and MBA degrees in business administration from LaSalle. He and his wife, Megan, reside in Williamsville with their sons, Charles and Miles, and dog, Abby.