Carl Blickle enters his sixth year as the head coach of the Ursinus men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs.
Under Blickle’s guidance the track & field/cross country programs have broken 31 school records, won 27 individual Centennial Conference titles, had two NCAA qualifiers, placed 95 athletes on the all-conference team, and produced 12 US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams.
In 2019, the men’s track program finished 3rd at the outdoor conference championship, its best finish since 2006. Seventeen men were named to the All-Centennial Team, and both the cross country and track and field teams received All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA.
Individually, James McDaid earned Academic All-Centennial status for the 2018 cross country season, given to those who are selected to both the Academic Honor Roll (3.4 cumulative GPA or higher) and the all-conference team. Drew Mackin qualified for the 2016 outdoor NCAA Championship in the 800 (1:50.69) and freshman triple jumper Sam Pope took home CC Rookie of the Year honors for both the indoor and outdoor season.
Fifteen women were named to the 2019 All-Centennial Conference team, including two conference champions (Morgan Cope in the pole vault and the 4x200 relay). The women capped off the 2019 semester with a 3.35 cumulative team GPA, earning USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors for both the T&F and XC season. In 2018, the Ursinus women finished just 15 points outside of 2nd place at the Centennial Conference indoor championship.
Individually, Catherine Buczek won the 2018 400-meter hurdles conference title (1:02.97) and was twice honored as an All-Mid East Region performer. Multiple time all-conference selection Krista Snyder (2016 grad) was a qualifier for the 2016 NCAA Championship in the heptathlon, scoring 4401 points at the national meet. 2015 graduate Emily Lamb achieved both the 800 (2:15) and 1500 (4:38) records under Blickle’s watch.
Prior to Ursinus, Blickle spent four years at Roanoke College as an assistant coach and health/human performance professor. In his four years with Roanoke, Blickle was awarded the women’s South/Southeast Regional Coach of the Year three times by USTFCCCA. He led the Maroons to five Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s track and field team championships, including three straight outdoor titles from 2012 to 2014. Individually, his athletes achieved four NCAA All-American accolades, three ODAC Athletes of the Year awards, 21 NCAA National Qualifiers, and 31 ODAC individual champions.
Prior to arriving at Roanoke, Blickle spent two season at his alma mater, Salisbury University, where the Sea Gulls finished 2nd at the 2010 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships and were named the Scholar Team of the Year by USTFCCCA.
A 2008 graduate of Salisbury, Blickle was a five-time individual all-conference team member in track & field and cross country, helping the Sea Gulls capture six Capital Athletic Conference crowns. Blickle holds a master’s degree in Applied Health Physiology, has both a USA Track & Field Level 1 and Level 2 certification along with two specialist certifications from the USTFCCCA.
Outside of his duties at Ursinus College, Blickle has severed on several committees including the Executive Board of the USTFCCCA (2018-present), Centennial Conference XC Chair (2019-present), Centennial Conference T&F Chair (2017-2019), and the Leadership Team for the New Balance Garden State Track Club (2015-present), Blickle has successfully guided post-collegiate athletes to national and world ranked times, including 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier Carmen Graves to a 4:31 Mile and 9:47 3k Steeplechase.