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Since taking the reins of the track and field and cross country teams at the University of Kansas, Stanley Redwine has found success in leaps and bounds. As he enters his 12th year at the helm, Redwine, his staff and his teams continue to establish their marks in the lore of Jayhawk history, shattering school records and adding several All-Americans to the illustrious luminaries of Kansas' storied past. Judging by his results, both as a coach and as an athlete, this path looks to continue into the future.
In Redwine's first11 seasons,75 Kansas student-athletes have achieved120 All-America honors, and the men's and women's teams have combined to set more than70 school records and cracked the KU all-time top-five list in more than 60 events. At Kansas, he has coachedsix individuals to national championships in six different events. As a result of their outstanding performances, Redwine's 2001 and 2002 men's track and field teams were enshrined into the KU Hall of Fame after back-to-back eighth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. More recently he coached the women's team to a NCAA runnner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, the best placement for the women's team in program history.
Since coming to Lawrence, Redwine has also found time to coach at the international level. Most recently, he was selected as the distance coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. In July of 2007, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro as the men's head track coach for Team USA at the Pan-American games. Redwine's athletes took home 20 medals, including three golds. It was the second time Redwine was selected to coach the team, as he also served as an assistant at the 2003 games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Throughout Redwine's tenure, his teams have also shown great success in the classroom. In the past four seasons alone, the cross country teams have supplied 39 members to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, while the track teams have contributed 86 to the same list.
After losing six All-Americans in 2008 and welcoming a combined 44 new faces to the men's and women's rosters, the 2008-09 season was a year of growth for both the cross country and track and field programs. Despite the youth-driven squads, Redwine saw 23 athletes make the KU all-time top five lists and two new school records set. He also led five athletes to the NCAA Championships throughout the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Under the direction of Redwine, Lauren Bonds became only the second woman in Kansas history to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors in cross country, after she finished 12th at the Big 12 Championships in 2008. Bonds also set two new school records during the indoor track season in the mile (4:43.74) and 1,000 meters (2:46.60).
Redwine's eighth season, the 2007-08 campaign, featured 14 All-Americans combined in cross country and track and field. Colby Wissel became just the fifth cross country runner in school history to earn back-to-back All-America honors. In the 2008 indoor track and field season, nine school records were topped, and Kansas was just one of 10 schools to have both its men's and women's teams finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships. Senior Egor Agafonov joined a prestigious list with Karl Salb, Jim Ryun and Leo Bookman as the only Jayhawks to successfully defend their indoor national titles, winning the weight throw for the second-straight year. At the outdoor NCAA championships, senior Crystal Manning (long jump and triple jump) and junior Nickesha Anderson (100 meters and 200 meters) each won two All-America honors. Only one other woman (Candace Mason) had accomplished the feat in KU history.
In 2006-07, the men's cross country team made its second consecutive NCAA appearance, finishing 20th as Wissel and Paul Hefferon became the first Kansas runners in 12 years to win All-America honors in the same season. Wissel was also one of three indoor athletes to receive All-America honors as the men finished 16th nationally and the women 34th. The outdoor season was one of the best in Redwine's tenure. The teams set a school record with eight All-Americans, including the first duo of KU men's long jumpers to claim the distinction in the same year (Eric Babb and Barrett Saunders). The men had their best finish since 1989, ranking 18th in the nation, while the women's fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championships was their highest showing in 13 years. Six different Jayhawks won individual Big 12 titles (also a school record), and freshman pole vaulter and Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year, Jordan Scott, won the same award during the outdoor season.
In Redwine's sixth season, the men's cross country team recorded its best results at both the Big 12 Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships in more than a decade, finishing third and 12th, respectively. Additionally, Redwine and his staff mentored Benson Chesang to back-to-back Big 12 titles in cross country, the first time a Jayhawk had accomplished the feat since the 1950s. On the track, Redwine and his staff oversaw the development of Sheldon Battle, a six-time All-American. Battle was named the 2006 Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the Midwest Region. In total, the 2006 track and field season delivered Redwine and his staff six more All-America performers in 10 events.
In 2005, Redwine oversaw five athletes who received All-America accolades in outdoor track, as he and his staff guided Amy Linnen to Big 12 and NCAA Championships in the pole vault. The Jayhawk men finished 25th nationally, and the women placed 29th. The summer of 2005 also saw the Jayhawks claim success on the international stage as Paul Hefferon captured the silver medal in the 5000-meter race at the Junior Pan Am Games in Windsor, Ontario.
Coach Redwine's 2004 men's cross country team tied its Big 12 and regional finishes from the previous season, finishing fourth at both meets. In addition to the first of his two Big 12 Championships, Redwine saw Chesang become the first KU cross country All-American in a decade with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
During the 2003 season, Redwine guided the women's indoor track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Conference Championships and a sixth-place finish at the outdoor championships. On the men's side, Redwine and his staff helped develop Leo Bookman as he became the indoor and outdoor national champion in the 200-meter dash, a feat he would repeat at the indoor championships in 2004.
Redwine's second season at KU was very prosperous. In 2002, he produced eight Big 12 champions, 21 total NCAA qualifiers and two individual national champions. The men's track team finished eighth in the nation during the indoor season, and then gave a fourth-place performance at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships before finishing 21st nationally. Also in 2002, Redwine and his staff guided seven athletes to a total of eight All-America honors, while the men's squad set four outdoor and seven indoor school records and one all-time collegiate record.
In his first season at Kansas, Redwine and his staff made their mark quickly, turning what some considered a rebuilding project into a budding powerhouse. Redwine mentored seven different athletes to a total of nine All-America awards, had three athletes qualify for the USATF Indoor Championships, two athletes compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships, two athletes set a total of three national records, one athlete compete at the IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada and two athletes compete at the World University Games in Beijing, China. Both of his 2000 cross country teams improved at the Big 12 Conference Championships, as the men placed sixth and the women improved from 11th to eighth.
Before Redwine was hired as head coach at Kansas on May 25, 2000, he had a six-year stint as head coach at the University of Tulsa. At Tulsa, Redwine's athletes broke more than 70 school records, most on multiple occasions. In many events, Redwine's athletes completely re-wrote the Golden Hurricane's all-time top-10 performance lists. Including some of the top finishes in conference history, Redwine produced 11 NCAA qualifiers and Tulsa's first-ever All-American. Redwine also oversaw the Golden Hurricane as they registered some of the highest conference finishes in school history.
Prior to his appointment at Tulsa in 1994, Redwine spent 11 years as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, one of the premier track and field programs in the nation. During his tenure at UA, the Razorbacks captured nine consecutive NCAA Championships and 22 titles from 1985 to 1994 in both track and field and cross country. He helped produce 14 All-Americans and two NCAA Champions in hurdle and sprint events. Among those All-Americans were two-time 400 meter NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, Calvin Davis; three-time 400 meter and 500 meter NCAA champion, Robbie Haley and seven-time All-American sprinter, Jimmy French.
Before becoming a coach at Arkansas, Redwine placed his name in the Razorback history books as a 400-meter, 600-yard and 800-meter runner from 1980-1983. Redwine was a four-time All-American and was named UA's Outstanding Track Athlete all four of his years in Fayetteville. He was a six-time conference champion and still ranks among the Razorbacks' top 10 in six events, which includes anchoring the school's record-setting sprint medley relay team (3:15.10) at the Penn Relays in 1983, which still ranks as the second-best time in school history. For his achievements, Redwine was inducted into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor in 2003.
Professionally, Redwine retired from competition in 1996 after he finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Ga. He was a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier five consecutive times from 1980 to 1996 and was a two-time silver medalist in the 800-meter run at the Goodwill Games (1986, 1994). He also won two bronze medals at the Pan American Games, in 1983 and 1987. Redwine was a five-time World Championship team member (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993), and a two-time U.S. 800-meter champion.
Redwine earned his bachelor's degree in administrative management from the University of Arkansas in 1985. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have three children: Crysta (27), Stanley, Jr. (24), and Alexa (19).