Devin Monson named Hamline's Director of Track and Field Operations

Monson finished his running career at Hamline as a three-time All-American with a trio of MIAC titles to his name.
Monson finished his running career at Hamline as a three-time All-American with a trio of MIAC titles to his name.

Hamline University Sports Information Department

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Hamline University Director of Athletics Jason Verdugo has announced the promotion of Devin Monson as the new Director of Track and Field Operations.

"I'm really excited to see Devin progress in his new role as Director of Operations," said Meg Griffin, a 2018 Hamline graduate, who ran both cross country and track and field during her time at HU. "When I came to Hamline as a transfer my sophomore season, the XC team was easily one of the best parts of my decision. I looked forward to practice everyday and Devin's training plans got the most out of his athletes. Devin will be an amazing director because he's a great communicator and listener. He's in tune with each athlete's needs and wants to see each of them achieve their goals."

Monson, who is already the head cross country coach, will add the new title for the 2020-21 academic year, replacing long-time coach Paul Schmaedeke in the role. Schmaedeke announced his retirement at the end of last season after being at Hamline for 40 years.  

"It's exciting to see Devin move into the role of Director of Track and Field," Schmaedeke said. "He has done a great job leading our cross country program and is ready for this new challenge. He is very thoughtful and innovative and will continue to push Hamline to play a major role in Minnesota track and field at a number of different levels."

Monson is a 2012 graduate of Hamline University, where he was a member of three consecutive men's cross country titles that were won between 2009 and 2011. He is a three-time All-American and has three MIAC titles to his credit. In 2010 he was top of the field at the MIAC Championships and in 2012 he won the 5,000-meter indoor race and 10,000-meter outdoor race. Monson still holds the Hamline records in the outdoor 5k and 10k.

"I am very excited to take over for Paul as the director for the program and to use the lessons I have learned from him to help guide me," said Monson. "The program has a great foundation and an amazing alumni support staff and our goal is to bring home a MIAC team championship, the first ever for the women and the first for the men since 1982."

After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science and Education, Monson spent a season as an assistant cross country coach at the University of North Dakota before moving to Austin, Texas to train with the Rogue Athletic Club, an Olympic development team led by Steve Sisson. In 2014, he placed 12th in the 10,000-meter race at the USA Track & Field Championships. He has since earned his master's degree in Education from UW-Stout.

Schmaedeke has made a big impact on Monson in his athletic and coaching careers. When Monson first came to campus on his recruit visit, Schmaedeke handed Monson a clipboard and asked him to help write down splits. Schmaedeke said, "you never know, you might end up doing this later on in your life." It didn't take long for that to come true, as Monson joined Schmaedeke's staff as an assistant cross country and track and field coach in 2015. The following year, he took over the cross country programs, while continuing to be an assistant for track and field.

Since being named the head cross country coach, Monson has coached two All-Americans in Helen Dolan and Fernando Benitez, who both earned the honor in 2019. This past track and field season, Monson also coached four distance runners who qualified for the NCAA Championship meet. The four (Dolan, Benitez, Frank Gustafson, and Alexandra Maddux) each received All-American status as the meet was shut down due to COVID-19.

In his new role, Monson will oversee the operations for both the men's and the women's track and field programs, as well as continuing to be the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams.

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