Bulldogs select new cross county and track head coach

University of Minnesota Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo announced Wednesday that Karly Brautigam, who spent the past two seasons as the associate track and field coach at Macalester College, a Division III member of the NCAA, has been named the next University of Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s cross country and track and field head coach.

“I’m thrilled to join the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Duluth community,” said Brautigam. “I want to first start by thanking Josh Berlo for the opportunity to join a top tier athletic department with storied success across the board. The Bulldog cross country and track and field programs have an incredible reputation at the conference and national level. I can’t wait to build relationships, and continue the trajectory of success with this committed group of student-athletes. I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone I’ve encountered in this community that has made me feel so welcome here in such a short period of time. I look forward to jumping into this already successful cross country season, and building a staff that will cultivate championship level standards in the classroom, community, and competition.”

Brautigam arrived at Macalester from Cornell College (NCAA Division III) in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where she was an assistant cross country and track coach for four seasons. At Cornell, Brautigam spent four years overseeing the sprinters, jumpers, and hurdlers. During her time at Cornell, she coached five NCAA All-Americans, 13 conference champions, and 43 All-Conference student-athletes.

“We could not be more excited to have Karly Brautigam as the Head Coach of these six exceptional Bulldog programs,” said UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo. “She embodies the values and culture that makes Bulldog Athletics so successful. Her achievements as a NCAA DIII student-athlete and the depth of her coaching experience at the DIII and DII levels have prepared her well for this opportunity. Coach Brautigam is a leader and role model for the young men and women in her programs. I am very confident she will further our tradition of excellence for Bulldog Cross Country, Track & Field in the classroom, community and competition.”

In addition to her coaching duties at Cornell, Brautigam served as the department’s Senior Women’s Administrator from 2017 to 2019. In this role she led the athletic department’s compliance operations as well as expanded the college’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including launching a student-athlete women’s leadership group.

“We can’t wait to welcome Karly to the line-up of outstanding Bulldog head coaches,” said UMD Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Karen Stromme. “Karly’s coaching resume and success as a student-athlete will continue the strong tradition of both our men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs.”

Before Cornell, she spent a year at fellow NSIC member, University of Sioux Falls (Division II), where she coached four All-Conference performers and an All-American.

Brautigam is a graduate of Wartburg College (NCAA Division III), where she earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership. At Wartburg, Brautigam had an impressive track career, earning 19 All-Conference awards and qualifying for the NCAA Championships four times. She was a two-time Indoor All-American, placing second in the 4×400 relay and seventh in the distance medley relay. Wartburg won eight conference team titles and four NCAA team championships during Brautigam’s career.

Brautigam officially starts at UMD on September 22nd.

What they are saying about Coach Brautigam:

“Karly quickly rose to the rank of associate head coach because she showed all the signs of a budding star in the industry. Her student centered approach to coaching and infectious positivity make it tough to see her go, but we are so excited for her opportunity and can’t wait to see what’s ahead for UMD track and field.” — Donnie Brooks, Macalester College Director of Athletics

“Karly has been a tremendous leader and coach for our program at Macalester. Her work ethic, enthusiasm, and drive to create the best possible student-athlete experience will be an asset for the program at UMD. I am confident she will have a high level of success as a head coach and that she will create an environment in which her team thrives.” — Dan Schofer, Macalester College Director or Cross Country and Track and Field

“I’ve had the opportunity to be a student-athlete with Karly and a coach. She has always had a passion for serving others and love for track and field. Those qualities as well as her incredible work ethic make her an amazing coach. I’ve witnessed firsthand how she connects with student-athletes and enhances programs. I am excited for this next step for her and know she is the right person for the job.” — Tashina Steggall, Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Cornell College

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