Kathleen Raske
Kathleen Raske
Title: Dir. of Track & Field/Cross Country - Head Coach
Phone: (916) 278-7052
Email: raskek@csus.edu
Previous College: Southern Illinois, '90

Big Sky Conference Finishes

Women   Men
Ind. Out.   Ind. Out.
5th 5th 2004 7th 3rd
7th 7th 2005 6th 5th
6th 4th 2006 7th 5th
6th 5th 2007 1st 2nd
1st 1st 2008 1st 2nd
2nd 1st 2009 5th 6th
1st 1st 2010 3rd 3rd
1st 1st 2011 1st 1st
2nd 1st 2012 4th 5th
1st 1st 2013 3rd 2nd
4th 8th 2014 2nd 5th
1st 1st 2015 2nd 1st

Career Honors

Coaching
• Big Sky Men's Indoor Coach of the Year (2007, '08, '11)
• Big Sky Women's Indoor Coach of the Year
(2008, '10, '11, '12, '15)
• Big Sky Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year (2011)
• Big Sky Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year
(2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '15)

USA Track & Field
• Head Women's Coach
NACAC Games (2012)
• Head Women's Coach
Birmingham, England (2008)
• Head Coach
World University Games (2009)
• Assistant Coach
Junior Pan-Am Games (1999)
• Assistant Coach
Junior Pan-Am Games (2005)

College
• NCAA Div. I All-American 100-Hurdles (1989)
• Gateway Athletic Conference
Champion 55-hurdles (1989)
• Gateway Athletic Conference
Champion 200 (1989)
• Gateway Athletic Conference
Champion 100-Hurdles (1989)
• Southern Illinois Athletic
Hall of Fame (1997)
• Gateway Athletic Conference
MVP of the Decade
• U.S. Olympic Trials 100-Hurdles (1992)
• USATF National Championships (1987, 1989, 1991, 1992)
 
Prior to 2004 the Hornet Track & Field/Cross Country programs had never finished better than fourth as a team at a Big Sky Conference Championship meet. Kathleen Raske took the helm prior to the 2003-04 season and quickly turned the program around. Raske has led the Hornets to 17 Big Sky team championships while finishing second eight additional times. To say that times have changed is an understatement.

Raske’s team-oriented and family-focused philosophy has nurtured in an era of excellence at Sacramento State. In her 12 seasons leading the Hornets, she has been named Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year 16 times, produced 15 NCAA All-Americans, eight USATF Junior All-Americans, 128 NCAA National Championship participants, 191 conference champions, and 483 all-Big Sky performers. There have also been 157 new event school records established, and 891 all-time top 10 event marks have been recorded. Raske is the only woman to coach a Div. I men’s team to five conference championship titles in NCAA history in any sport.

During her tenure the cross country teams have enjoyed their best results in since joining Div. I. The team and individual accomplishments for the women include; eight all-conference accolades (top 10 championship race finishers), nine of the Hornet all-time top 10 times and all-time top placers at the conference championship, and nine of the top 10 all-time NCAA regional championship times and seven of the top 10 finishers respectively, and a Big Sky Championship team runner-up finish. The men’s accolades include; six of the top 10 Big Sky conference championship finishes and eight of the top 10 conference championship times, and seven of the top 10 NCAA regional championship individual places and nine of the top 10 times.

Raske returned Sacramento State to the top of the Big Sky during the 2015 season. The women pulled off a thrilling victory in the 4x400 relay to secure the indoor championship and then completed the sweep with a win at the outdoor championships. That victory was the team fourth in six years. The Hornet men finished second at the indoor championships before finishing tied for first at the outdoor championships. Raske was named the Big Sky Women's Coach of the Year during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

The 2014 season was a year of transition for the Hornets. After seeing the women win 10 of 12 Big Sky titles and two runner ups since 2008 and the men finish first four times and second three times since 2007, Raske strategically redshirted 30 student-athletes to build towards 2015. For the year, the men finished second at the Big Sky Indoor Championships and won five individual titles. Twenty-five student-athletes earned all-Big Sky honors and 47 school top 10 marks were set.

In 2013, Sacramento State continued its history streak by winning its sixth consecutive Big Sky women's outdoor title and claiming its third women's indoor crown in four years. The men also had success, placing second outdoors and third in the indoor season. Jesse Elvrom advanced to become an All-American in the javelin after placing sixth at the NCAA Championships.

In 2012, the Hornet women who won a conference record fifth-straight Big Sky outdoor title. The championship was truly a team effort as only four of the 21 individual event titles were won by Sacramento State, indicating the depth of the entire team.

2011 was a year for the record books. The Hornets claimed all four Big Sky Conference Championship team track and field titles. While doing so, the women’s team claimed its fourth outdoor championship in a row, the first time ever accomplished in the history of the Big Sky. The men, not to be outdone, swept the indoor and outdoor titles for the first time in program history. Leading the way for the women was four-time NCAA All-American and four-time Big Sky champion Lea Wallace. For the men, seniors Ronald Brookins and Emilio Hernandez let the way claiming eight Big Sky championships and two All-America honors. The duo also shared the outdoor championship MVP accolade.

Raske was awarded the Big Sky Coach of the Year award for both genders during both seasons. Brookins went on to represent the Hornets and the USA in China at the World University Games where won the bronze medal in the 110-hurdles.

2010 was yet another record breaking year. The women continued their recent dominance of the Big Sky conference by sweeping the indoor and outdoor track and field team titles. The outdoor title was the third in a row for the women a feat only matched one other time in conference history. The men’s team rejoined the conference top tier taking third place in both championships. Leading the way for the women was five time conference champion Moira Robinson who won four individual championships during the outdoor meet which also earned her the meet’s MVP award. Brookins led the men with four conference championships himself in addition to garnering the championship MVP at both the indoor and outdoor meets. Raske, was awarded the conference coach of the year award for the women indoor and outdoor championship meets.

In 2009 the Hornets continued their high level of performance. The women repeated as Big Sky outdoor champions while finishing runner up indoors and in cross country. The second place finish in cross country was the highest finish in school history. Brookins and Ericka Violett were voted Most Valuable Field Athletes of the meet at the indoor championships.

In 2008, the Hornets set numerous firsts. Individually, Raphael McFarlane joined Dan O’Brien as the only two men to be named both track and field athlete of the meet at the Big Sky indoor championships, and Emilio Hernandez garned the field athlete of the meet award at the outdoor championships. There were also a record 22 Big Sky event titles won and five athletes advanced to the NCAA Championships (three outdoor, two indoor). Raske also had success after the season as freshman Ronald Brookins finished third at the USATF Junior Nationals in the 110-hurdles and 11th at the IAAF Junior World Championships in Poland.

Raske led the Hornets to prominence in 2007. Raske coached Nancy Searcy to the NCAA Championship meet and the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Championships. Searcy won three Big Sky titles and had six all-conference finishes. While doing so, she broke a 22-year old school record when she ran 13.35 in the 100-hurdles at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays.

In 2006, the honors continued to pile up for Sacramento State. Dave Nichols finished sixth at the NCAA Championships making him the first Hornet to be named All-America two times. Awarded the Big Sky Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet, Roshena Duree became the first Hornet to garner a conference championship most outstanding accolade. During the year, eight conference championships and 23 all-conference finishes were collected by Sacramento State.

The 2005 campaign was a banner year for Raske’s programs. An unprecedented three student-athletes competed at the NCAA Championships. While there, all three (Geoff Fong, David Nichols and Brandon Parker) advanced to their event finals and two were named All-America — Parker in the long jump and Nichols in the shot put. Both also claimed their event conference title at both the Big Sky indoor and outdoor championship meets.

In 2004, Raske’s Hornets had a solid first year under her guidance. The men and women had their highest team finishes at a Big Sky championship meet, men (third) and women (fifth). Eight conference championships were won and 19 all-conference honors were attained. Fourteen athletes qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and two advanced to the national championship meet. Dave Nichols began his great career in 2004 when he earned two USATF Junior All-America certificates in the shot put and discus. There were also 10 school records broken.

Raske, hired in August of 2004, came to Sacramento State from Central Michigan University where she served as the head coach of the women’s track & field and cross country programs for six years. While at CMU, Raske coached 19 conference champions, 49 all-league recipients, 20 NCAA championship meet qualifiers, three All-Americans and 53 school records were established.

In 2002, she led CMU to its first Mid-American Conference championship. For her efforts, she was named MAC Coach of the Year, Great Lakes NCAA Regional Coach of the Year and Central Collegiate Coach of the Year. Two NCAA All-Americans were garnered that year. High jumper Suzy Bozin and heptathlete Maria Derezinksi each earned the accolade. The Chippewas won their first outright MAC Cross Country title under Raske’s direction in 2000.

Prior to working at Central Michigan, Raske was an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) and Southern Illinois. While at Miami, she coached both the men and women in sprints and hurdles. She had six athletes win MAC titles and three advanced to the NCAA Championships between 1992-97.  One of her top athletes with the Redhawks was Becca Williams. The hurdler was a two-time NCAA All-American and was ranked 20th in the world in the 400-hurdles, running 54.98.

From 1989-92, Raske coached at Southern Illinois where she had two athletes win Missouri Valley Conference crowns and two qualify for the NCAA Championships. While at SIU, she oversaw the team’s sprinters, hurdlers, and relay teams.

A renowned teacher, Raske has not only coached at the collegiate level but also in regional and national competition. In the summer of 2006, Raske served as the head women’s coach for the United States team in its quadrangular meet against Great Britain, China and Russia in Birmingham, England. She was also tabbed to serve as the head coach for the for the USA at the 2009 World University Game and was the women's head coach at the 2012 NACAC Games.

Off the track, Raske serves on the executive committee of the Division I USTFCCCA and is vice chair for the Coaches Advisory Committee for USATF. In addition to her committee responsibilities, Raske has also been a speaker on the topic of hurdling and sprinting at major coaching clinics throughout the United States and internationally.

Raske is also involved with Athletes in Action. In the summer of 2002, she led a U.S. team to Thailand and Laos. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCS) on campus.

Raske competed at Southern Illinois and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. As a sprinter and hurdler, she was an All-American in the 100-meter hurdles and held the conference record in the 200-meter, 55-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles. Raske was named MVP of the Decade by the Gateway Athletic Conference.

She has also competed in five U.S. National Championships, including the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter hurdles.

Raske is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NCSA and has earned Level I, II and Level III USA Track and Field coaching education certification. She was also a graduate of in the inaugural IAAF Level 5 master's of coaching for sprints and hurdles certification program.

She graduated from Southern Illinois in 1990 with a double major in education and zoology.