Kris Mack enters his first season as the head men's track and field/cross country coach at Cincinnati after spending the last four years as an assistant coach with the Bearcats. On top of his head coaching duties, Mack will continue to coach the jumps for the men's and women's teams.
In his previous four seasons at UC, Mack has established the Bearcats as one of the strongest pole vaulting programs in the country. He has mentored a pair of All-Americans in MacKenzie Fields and Josh Dangel while also helping his vaulters snatch seven combined BIG EAST crowns.
Mack has also helped his pole vaulters etch themselves in the UC record books. On the women's side, he has coached seven student-athletes into the all-time Top 10 list including Fields, who holds the school indoor and outdoor records. She broke both records during the 2013 season by clearing 13' 11.25" indoors and14' 3.5" outdoors.On the men's side, he has helped Dangel and Tommy Marks jump into the Top 10 lists.
His experience has also helped the Bearcats make their mark in the other jumping events. Brandon Fitch moved to second all-time on UC's outdoor performance list with a clearance of 7' 1" in 2010. Tariq Sanders and Michael Nwankwo also jumped into the Top 10 list in the triple jump during the 2012 season. Mack also aided Shayna Portis and Cameron Gardner in reaching the school's top performance list in both long jump and triple jump.
Prior to Cincinnati, Mack spent six seasons at Stanford working with the Cardinal's pole vaulters and multis.
During his time in Palo Alto, Calif., Mack had five athletes qualify for an NCAA Championship and coached them to a combined eight All-America honors. Pole vaulter Graeme Hoste is Mack's most decorated protégé qualifying for the NCAA Championships five times and earning three All-America honors. He also coached Whitney Liehr to two All-America honors in just her second season at Stanford.
Prior to Stanford, Mack enjoyed success coaching athletes at various levels. In 2003, Mack served as an assistant coach at Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Ind. In one year at Bloomington North, Mack led four athletes (two throwers/two vaulters) to the Indiana State Track and Field Championship meet and helped Bloomington North to the 2003 Sectional and Regional Track and Field Championship titles.
While working as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana University from 2000-02, Mack worked with Dino Efthimiou as he placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault (17'11.25) and claimed all-America status. In 2002, Mack earned his M.S. in Biomechanics from Indiana University, where he studied under Jesus Dapena, the Sports Biomechanics high jump specialist for USA Track and Field.
During the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Mack was an assistant coach for Sky Jumpers Vertical Sports Club and coached Paula Serrano to a 10th-place finish in the women's pole vault. While working at Sky Jumpers (1996-2000), Mack assisted with the development of many elite high school pole vaulters, including Chelsea Johnson, Shayla Balentine, Monica Pacas, and Kasey Lundgren.
Mack completed his education at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2000, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Biochemistry. While on the track team at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Mack obtained a personal best of 17-4 in the pole vault and his team qualified five pole vaulters to the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Mack and his wife Paula (Serrano), the 1999 NCAA Champion in the women's pole vault, have three sons, Travis, Caleb, and Dustin.