COACH RICK WITT
Rick Witt, the 1996 NCAA Division III National Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, nine-time U.S. Track & Cross Country Association Regional Coach of the Year and the 14-time WIAC Coach of the Year is the man responsible for the success of the UW-Stevens Point Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs over the past 40 years.
Beginning his 41st season at UWSP, Witt is recognized as one of the country’s premier middle distance and distance coaches. Success at both the team and individual level in conference, regional and national competition have become the norm. Coach Witt’s resume includes 45 top-20 team finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and 16 top-5 finishes at the NCAA Track & Field/ Cross Country Championships.
Individually, the Pointers have produced National Champions at 800m, 1500m, 500m, 10,000m, 4x400 relay, Distance Medley Relay and Cross Country. Witt also coached UWSP’s first NCAA Division I All-American in Arnie Schraeder, who finished 11th at the 1986 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships. During his 40 seasons, Witt has developed 20 National Champions and over 140 All-Americans in the middle distance and distance events.
COACH BRETT WITT
Brett Witt is in his fifth season as the head coach with the Pointers cross country and track & field teams, coming home to UWSP after serving as the head coach at Carthage College for 12 seasons.
Witt, a track and field mid-distance runner, was an eight-time NCAA Division III All-American and a five-time WIAC champion at UWSP. He was also named a Track Coaches Association Scholar All-American and received his master’s degree in human performance and sport studies from the University of Tennessee in 1999.
Coach Witt is widely recognized as one of the country’s premier young middle distance/distance coaches. He was named the WIAC Indoor Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2017.
COACH BRANDON DWORAK
Brandon Dworak is in his second season as the Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at Franklin College. He arrived at Franklin after spending the past four years (2013-2017) as an assistant coach with Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
At Rhodes College, Brandon was able to help guide the distance squad to new heights. Prior to arriving at Rhodes, Dworak earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University where he also assisted the Broncos with Cross Country/Track & Field as a Volunteer Assistant from 2011-2013.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2006-2010 earning his degree in Political Science and Coaching, he also competed for the Pointer Cross Country/ Track & Field Teams. He earned All-Midwest Region Honors in XC in 2007, 2008 & 2009. He was on the squad that qualified for and competed at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA DIII Championships that placed 6th and 4th, respectively.
Coach Dworak continues to pursue his passion for running well after his college days. He runs semi-professionally for the Saucony Hurricanes team and has a lifetime best in the marathon of 2:20:46 at the Chicago Marathon.
In addition to the camp coaching staff, high school coaches and outstanding collegiate runners, including numerous All-Americans, will work with the campers in an excellent 10:1 ratio.