Track & Field |
Dec. 20, 2012
University of Cincinnati director of athletics Whit Babcock announced today that he has signed women’s track & field and cross country head coach Susan Seaton to a contract extension. The terms of the agreement are for an additional three years, extending her contract through the 2015-16 season.
Seaton came to UC as an assistant coach in 2004, became interim head coach in 2008 and was named permanently in 2009. Under her leadership, the UC women's programs have seen steady improvement and unprecedented success. During her tenure the team has set a total of 23 new school records, won nine BIG EAST Conference individual or relay titles, sent 36 athletes to the NCAA regional outdoor championships, qualified 10 student-athletes to the NCAA finals and produced three All-Americans. In 2012, she led the women’s teams to their best-ever performances in the BIG EAST championships, finishing second indoor and fourth outdoor. At the indoor championship, UC won four individual titles and swept the awards for most outstanding track performer (Kathy Klump) and most outstanding field performer (Jasmine Cotten). The Bearcats won two additional conference titles at the outdoor championship meet. They also qualified 12 female student-athletes to the NCAA first round, send four to the NCAA outdoors finals and had three All-Americans: Klump twice in the indoor and outdoor 800 meters and Jasmine Cotton in the indoor pentathlon. The Bearcats finished in 34th place at the NCAA indoor championships, elevating the program to national contention. UC also had three honorable-mention All-Americans in Michelle Eby (outdoor pole vault), Emelie Larsson (javelin) and Cotten (outdoor heptathlon).
For her accomplishments, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Seaton its Great Lakes Region head coach of the year. She was also named college coach of the year by the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association.
In 2011, the women’s teams swept the All-Ohio indoor and outdoor championships and recorded program-high finishes at the BIG EAST indoor and outdoor championships. Seaton’s teams have earned acclaim for academic success as well. The program has earned the USTFCCCA all-academic team awards in each of the past three seasons. The Bearcats had 11 individuals named to the USTFCCCA’s all-academic list which requires a grade point average greater than 3.25 while also posting an appropriate NCAA preliminary qualifying mark. Last month, the UC women’s cross country team received an NCAA public recognition award for having an academic progress rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
“I’m very pleased to make this announcement of Coach Seaton’s extension,” said UC director of athletics Whit Babcock. “Our track and field programs have made remarkable strides under Coach Seaton’s leadership. Through her work, she is helping our student-athletes achieve competitively and academically. She is a person of great integrity and character and I’m happy to know she will be on our staff for many more years.”
Seaton has extensive knowledge in coaching both men and women in all field events as well as sprints and hurdles. At UC, she coaches the male and female throwers and since her arrival 10 out of 12 school records in the throws have been rewritten. Three UC throwers have won conference championships under Seaton and her male throwers scored a record-high number of 35 points at the 2012 Outdoor Big East Championship.
“I am excited and thankful for the continued opportunity to lead the UC women’s track & field and cross country teams,” said Seaton. “Whit Babcock has shown tremendous support for me, my staff, the team and our vision to achieve at the highest level. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far and I will continue my work to elevate our program and ‘Represent the C’ in the best possible way on and off the playing field."
Seaton came to UC following six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin and three seasons as an assistant at Northern Arizona University. She is a native of Saalfeld, Germany, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the German College of Sports Science in 1991 and her master’s in exercise science from the University of Leipzig in 1994. She competed for East Germany on its junior team and finished third in the javelin at the 1989 East German amateur national championship. She has earned Level I and Level II USA Track & Field coaching education certifications, is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, a member of the Alliance for Women Coaches and currently serves on the NCAA Division I track & field and cross country committee.