Utah State Announces Restructuring of Track & Field/Cross Country Coaching Staff

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State Interim Director Jerry Bovee announced Thursday a restructuring of the coaching staff of the track & field/cross country programs. Artie Gulden will now serve as the director of the track & field and cross country programs, while Matt Ingebritsen will be the associate head coach and throwers coach.

“This change in leadership within our track & field/cross country programs will provide our student-athletes the best opportunities for growth and development,” said Bovee. “We wanted to maximize the strengths of our staff and this change in leadership will put our coaches in more efficient positions.”

Ingebritsen, who has been the director of the track & field and cross country programs, as well as the head track & field coach for the past five seasons, is stepping away from those two roles. He will now assume a new position as an associate head coach, while continuing to coach the Aggie throwers, which he has done for the past 19 years.

“After being the director of this program for five years, I have learned so much about this team and who I am as a coach,” Ingebritsen said. “The conclusion I came to is that it is time for me to return to my former roll as the associate head coach of the track & field program and put my full attention back into the throws group.”

Replacing Ingebritsen as the director of the track & field and cross country programs is Gulden, who just completed his sixth season as the Aggies’ head cross country coach/distance coach. Gulden will be entering his eighth season overall at Utah State this coming fall.
“I am filled with a lot of gratitude,” Gulden said. “I am grateful for (interim director) Jerry (Bovee) and (executive associate AD – internal affairs/SWA) Amy (Crosbie) for trusting me with this position. They are fantastic leaders for our department and I hope they will be here for a very long time.
“I am grateful for Matt and all the work he has put into our program. I am also grateful to all the student-athletes for their dedication and hard work. Most of all, I am grateful for my wife, Andrea, and our children, for sacrificing so much so that I can do what I’ve wanted to since I was 4 or 5 years old, which is be a head coach.”
During Ingebritsen’s tenure, Utah State’s throwers have combined for seven All-America honors, 23 conference titles and 111 all-conference accolades.
For Gulden, his distance/cross country runners have combined for 20 All-American accolades, nine conference titles and 67 all-conference honors.

“Artie will do a fantastic job,” Ingebritsen said. “This team has a bright future ahead of it with him at the helm. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Utah State track & field.”
During the 2022 cross country season, Gulden led Utah State’s men’s team to its fourth-ever trip to the NCAA Championships – all coming under his watch – where the Aggies beat five ranked team and placed 26th with 618 points.
Two members of the women’s cross country team also competed at the NCAA Championships in sophomore Ana Weaver and senior Mica Rivera, who placed 53rd and 201st, respectively. Yonas Mogos led the Aggies on the men’s side, as the junior was the 85th runner to cross the finish line.
Prior to the NCAA Championships, Mogos earned all-region honors as he placed 23rd at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.
Gulden coached Weaver to second-team all-conference honors as she placed 15th at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships, where both the Aggie men and women finished third.
On the men’s side, senior Camren Todd and grad senior Darren Harman also earned second-team all-MW accolades as that duo placed ninth and 10th, respectively.
Weaver earned USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finishing in the top 25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships. Both the men’s (3.61) and women’s (3.82) cross country programs were recognized for notching a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 or higher.

The Aggies set five school records – two on the men’s side and three on the women’s side – during the 2023 outdoor and track & field season and had seven different student-athletes garner all-MW honors.
Utah State officially concluded the 2022-23 campaign at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Sacramento, California, where 15 Aggies – eight women and seven men – competed in their respective events.
For the 2023 indoor season, 11 different Aggies combined for 15 all-MW accolades.

This past May, Utah State’s track & field/cross country programs had 10 athletes named to the College Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District teams.

For more information on the Utah State track & field/cross country programs, follow the Aggies on Twitter at @USUTF_XC, on Facebook at USUTrack and on Instagram at USUTF_XC.

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