Burke Bockman Ė University of Utah
Burke Bockman enters his seventh season with the University of Utah women's track and field program, his third season as associate head coach. He will oversee Utahís sprinters and hurdlers in addition to assisting the Ute jumpers.
Since beginning his coaching tenure at Utah, Ute hurdlers, sprinters and jumpers have broken eight indoor and seven outdoor school records. A total of 46 of Bockmanís athletes have earned all-conference awards in his first six years on the University of Utah coaching staff.
Under the direction of Bockman, Utah has had eight NCAA Regional qualifiers in the 400m hurdles to go along with sophomore Angela Kaplarís 100m hurdle qualifying mark (13.61) from 2011.
Bockman guided Chelsea Shapard to three consecutive 400m hurdle titles, including a personal-best time of 57.88 at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships. Shapard went on to qualify and compete at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships that season, finishing 21st overall.
Shapard joined Chelsey Kaplar, Ashley Patterson and Whitney Wellington in the 4x400m relay that earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive year at the 2009 conference outdoor championships after breaking their own school record with an NCAA qualifying time of 3:38.96.
During the 2008 season, Bockman coached the first Utah indoor sprint relay team - Shapard, Patterson, Kaplar, Wellington - to ever earn All-MWC honors. Bockman was a key component in Shapardís training as she defended her MWC title in the 400m hurdles at the outdoor conference championships. She went on to place 15th in the semifinals of the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Bockman coached two national qualifiers in 2007, guiding Amanda Feigt and Shapard to the national meet in the 400m hurdles. The Utes also shined in the 100m hurdles as both Feigt and Jen Cutrer made it all the way to the conference finals. Feigt went on to win the conference heptathlon title in 2007 and also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event.
In 2006, Bockman worked on improving a very young sprint group for Utah. The Utes saw great success in the 400-meter hurdles with both Jen Fresquese and Feigt qualifying for the 2006 NCAA West Regional Championships. Feigt eventually went on to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the hurdles.
Prior to Utah, Bockman spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he helped the Eagles win back-to-back national indoor titles in 2004-05 and the outdoor championship in 2004. The Eagle sprinters and hurdlers flourished, led by Derek Toshner, who was named the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Meet in 2004 and became the NCAA Division III 400m hurdle national champion. Toshner went on to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Bockman also had the privilege of assisting with the training of Andrew Rock, who became the school's first Olympian and won the gold medal in Athens, Greece, as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. After Rock worked with Bockman during the 2005 season, the Olympian claimed gold as a member of USA's 4x400-meter relay team at the World Outdoor Championships and went on to receive a silver medal in the open 400m.
In addition to working with Rock in 2005, Bockman saw all five of his UW-La Crosse hurdlers tally national-qualifying marks during the outdoor season. He ended up with four national qualifiers and two NCAA All-Americans.
Bockmanís training expertise has helped athletes outside of track and field, most recently working with elite and professional athletes on their speed, acceleration, and explosion, including USA Skeleton athlete Zach Lund, who placed fifth at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Bockman is also the offseason speed and conditioning coach for three football players currently in the NFL, including the Arizona Cardinalsí starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, Kevin Curtis of the Tennessee Titans, and Chad Hall of the Philadelphia Eagles.
On the track, Bockman was a three-time conference champion and a 13-time all-conference honoree at the University of Northern Iowa. He was an NCAA Division I qualifier in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay during his senior year and qualified for the USA Championships from 2003-2006.
Bockman graduated from Northern Iowa with a degree in business management in 2003 and received his masters from Wisconsin-La Crosse in sports administration in 2005. A native of Decorah, Iowa, he resides in Salt Lake City.