The 2015-16 academic year marks the 12th year Susan Seaton has worked with the University of Cincinnati track & field/cross country program. This season also marks her first campaign as the full director of the Bearcats program after having the interim title removed on May 19, 2015. Having served as an assistant coach, head coach and now director, Seaton continues to work with the program’s throwers while also overseeing all facets of the men’s and women’s programs.
// COACHING EXPERIENCE Seaton has held several different titles throughout her 11 full seasons in Cincinnati. On May 19, 2015, Seaton was named the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country for the Bearcats, having the interim tag removed from the title she was given the previous September. Prior to her eight-month stint as the interim director, Seaton served as the women’s head coach for six years, first being named the interim head coach in June 2008 and then receiving the full title in May 2009. Seaton started with the Bearcats program in time for the 2004-05 season when she came aboard as a men’s assistant coach. Through the entirety of her UC career, Seaton has worked and continues to work with the men’s and women’s throws group.
Before joining the Bearcats, Seaton spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin and three years as an assistant at Northern Arizona University.
Seaton has a Level I and II USA Track & Field coaching education certification, and she is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and a member of the Alliance for Women Coaches. She also serves on the NCAA Division I Track & Field/Cross Country Committee. In addition to her committee responsibilities, Seaton also speaks at major coaching clinics across the United States.
// ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT During her tenure at UC, Seaton has coached over 40 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 20-plus school record holders, 12 individual conference champions, 10 NCAA Championship qualifiers, and three All-Americans.
Prior to her time at Cincinnati, Seaton mentored five All-Americans, 16 conference champions and nine NCAA qualifiers. She also was part of 15 conference championship team titles and 10 NCAA Top 10 teams.
// ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Off the track, Seaton has guided the women’s program to new heights in the classroom, and she looks to do the same with the men’s program. In each of the last three seasons, the women’s program has earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team Awards. In 2009, the cross country program garnered a program high GPA of 3.64, which ranked them 18th in the country amongst all Division I institutes. UC has also named 11 individuals to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for reaching the NCAA regional while also posting a GPA greater than 3.25.
// COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Seaton has also led the Bearcats in countless community projects around the Greater Cincinnati Area. UC has volunteered with organizations like Girls on the Run, the local veteran’s hospital, Operation School Bell, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank as well as mentoring at various local schools.
// PERSONAL LIFE A native of Saalfeld, Germany, Seaton earned her bachelor’s degree from the German College of Sports Science in 1991 and a master’s in exercise science from the University of Leipzig in 1994. Seaton was a standout athlete for the East German junior track and field team and competed for her German club team SC Motor Jena from 1984-87. She has competitive experience in the javelin, discus, shot put, multi events, high jump, long jump, hurdles and cross country.
Susan and her husband, Robert, reside in College Hill and have two sons, Patrick and Aidan.