The UC men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships in Cedarville on Saturday. The men are the defending team champion while the women finished fifth last year.
Susan Seaton enters her fifth season as UC's women's track and field/cross country head coach after first serving as an assistant coach from 2004-08 and interim head coach during the 2008-09 season.
She has quickly elevated the UC program through a team-oriented and family-focused philosophy that has seen UC perform at record-breaking levels on the track while setting new standards for academic achievement.
During hertenure, the team has set 23 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 Championships, andproduced 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 with Kathy Klump being named Most Outstanding Track Performer and Jasmine Cotton being tagged the Most Outstanding Field Performer. Klump and Cotton each went on to be named All-Americans in the 800-meter run and pentathlon.
The Bearcats success continued outdoors with two additional conference crowns. A total of 12 athletes participated at the NCAA First Round with four advancing to the NCAA Championships. Klump became a two-time All-American in the 800 meters, while three other Bearcats earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Seaton serves as UC's throws coach and has helped her throwers etch their names in the school records book. She aided her student-athletes in garnering 10 of the 12 possible school records.
Three of Seaton's UC throwers have earned individual conference titles: Steve Kahle, shot put; Jo Young, hammer throw; and Brian Zimmerman, javelin. Additionally, Ian Jarman won the 2008 Penn Relays title in the hammer throw, and Emelie Larsson (javelin) and Frida Akerstrom (shot put) have each won Swedish National titles.
Off the track, the UC women's program has earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team Awards in cross country and track and field for the last three seasons, with a program high 3.64 GPA by the women's cross country team in 2009, ranking them 18th in the country amongst all Division I institutions. UC also named 11 individuals to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team after reaching NCAA regional or NCAA preliminary qualifying marks in their respective events while posting GPA's greater than 3.25. The Bearcats also do countless volunteer service hours in the community 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.
Career Coaching Accomplishments: National Champions: 2 (Sweden) All-Americans: 6 Academic All-Americans: 33 NCAA Finals Participants: 14 NCAA Regional/Preliminary Participants: 33 NCAA Team Finishes Top 20: 14 NCAA Team Finishes Top 10: 10 NCAA Team Finishes Top 5: 4 Conference Team Titles: 15 Individual Conference Champions: 22 School Records: 37
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. During that time Seaton mentored five All-Americans, 16 conference champions, and nine NCAA qualifiers and was part of 15 conference championship team titles and 10 NCAA Top 10 teams.
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. At the prime of her career she was a javelin specialist and took third place at the 1989 East German amateur national championships and finished in second place at the 1986 national club championships.
Seaton has earned Level I and Level II USA Track and Field coaching education certifications, is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and a member of the Alliance for Women Coaches. In the fall of 2010, Seaton was selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Track and Field / Cross Country Committee and recently had her term extended to June 2015. In addition to her committee responsibilities, Seaton has also been a speaker on the topic of throwing events, jumping events and training theory at major coaching clinics throughout the United States.
Susan and her husband, Robert, who reside in College Hill, are parents to Patrick and Aidan.