Mark McConeghey is in his fifth season as assistant coach of the Northern Illinois University women's cross country and track & field teams. McConeghey arrived at NIU after spending six years at Concordia (Minn.) University as the head men's and women's track and field coach.
During the 2009 cross country season, McConeghey led the Huskies to their best finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships since the 1981 season. McConeghey guided the cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the Championships, NIU's second best finish at MAC Championships in school history.
Dedicated to success in competition as well as in the classroom, McConeghey has seen six Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team members, and three ESPN/College Sports Information Directors of America Track and Field/Cross Country honors since his arrival. Sophomore Courtney Oldenburg is the most recent Huskie to be named to the Academic All-MAC team, receiving the award for her efforts during the 2010 season. Oldenburg joins current Huskie Breanna Brevitt, who was named to Academic All-MAC squad after the 2008 season, on the list of honorees.
"Coach McConeghey's 25 years of coaching have brought wisdom, respect and results to our program," NIU head coach Connie Teaberry said. "In just his first two years with the team, our distance performance has improved dramatically. I am excited about the continued advancement of our distance athletes."
During his time in St. Paul, McConeghey oversaw Concordia's move to Division II in 1999-2000. His track and field squads broke 99 school records, and only six school records remain from prior to his arrival at Concordia. He was the 2004 NSIC Outdoor Track Coach of the Year. He also had two athletes compete in the NCAA Championships and had 42 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions from 1999-2005.
McConeghey has extensive Division I experience as well, spending seven years (1986-93) in Ames, Iowa under Iowa State's legendary cross country/track and field coach Bill Bergan, including during the Cyclones' run to the 1989 National Men's Cross Country Championship.