University of Mary - Track

Coaching Staff


Head Coach
Dennis Newell

Entering his 14th season at the University of Mary, USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year recipient Dennis Newell helms the Marauders men's and women's cross country and track & field programs.

Since joining the Marauders in 2006, Newell has helped lead the Marauders to 21 Northern Sun Conference Cross Country and Track & Field team titles, over 250 NSIC All-Conference individuals, over 100 NSIC Champions, and 9 NSIC Records.  Newell has earned eight NSIC Coach of the Year honors.

At the NCAA Regional level, Newell has garnered seven NCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards for his efforts with three NCAA DII Central Region Cross Country Team Championships, five NCAA DII Central Region Cross Country Individual Champions, and over 100 NCAA DII Central Region Cross Country and Track & Field All-Region Individuals.

Newell has also made impacts at the highest level of NCAA DII athletics with two NCAA National Runner-Up finishes at the 2017 and 2018 NCAA DII Cross Country Championships and a Fourth Place Team Trophy at the 2018 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships.  Newell has helped guide 148 individuals to NCAA DII All-American status and 10 individuals to NCAA DII National Championships status.  He earned the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year honor in 2013.

The Marauders have earned 8th place in the Annual USTFCCCA Cross Country and Track & Field Program of the Year totals the last two years.

Newell has garnered 16 Coach of the Year honors in 13 years with the Marauders, an obvious outcome of his tireless dedication to pursue excellence at the highest levels of athletics.

Newell was a 10-time All-American and 2-Time National Runner-Up at Black Hills State University, SD. The Yellow Jackets Hall of Fame member is a 14-Time All-Conference and 6-Time Conference Champion and graduated from BHSU in 2004. He received his master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 2005.

The 2003 and 2004 DAC-10 cross country champion and most valuable runner, Newell is a USATF Level I and II, and III (Endurance) Certified Coach and holds his USTFCCCA Master Endorsements in Cross Country and Middle Distance.  Newell takes every opportunity to continually learn through cross country and track & field educational programs, seminars, and instructional clinics.

A native of Williston, ND, Newell spent the first ten years of his life growing up in North Dakota.  His family then moved to Billings, MT, in 1986 and Newell graduated from Skyview High School in 1995. He is married to Parshall, ND, native Catelin (Hoffman) Newell. They have four children, Piper Lynn, Christian Joseph, Crosby Ray, and Jonah Lee.