Corvallis – Louie Quintana has been named the head track and field and cross country coach at Oregon State University, Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Barnes
Quintana arrives at OSU after a highly successful 16-year coaching tenure at Arizona State University, one of the most successful programs in the country. He has served as the Sun Devils' head men's and women's cross country coach, and the program's distance and middle distance coach since 2004.
"Louie's thoughtful approach and vision for our program stood out to our search committee," Barnes said. "He was a highly accomplished college and prep student-athlete who will relate well to current and future members of our teams. His commitment to student-athlete growth academically, personally and as an athlete are important factors that ultimately led us to Coach Quintana.
"We are very excited about what lies ahead for our program under Coach Quintana and welcome him to Beaver Nation."
Quintana's success as a coach includes 12 ASU cross country teams advancing to the NCAA Championships, three runner-up placings at the Pac-12 Championships, the first two Sun Devil individual conference champions in the history of the program, and six NCAA individual track and field distance and middle distance titlists.
He has coached 48 All-Americans, 27 Pac-12 or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) champions, and numerous athletes who have excelled internationally. In 2006, he was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Distance Coach of the Year.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity and I want to thank Scott Barnes
and Kyle Pifer
(senior. associate athletic director) for believing in my vision to put the Oregon State program on the national map" Quintana said. "There is great potential with this program and I'm excited to team back up with coach Dave Dumble (current OSU assistant coach/former ASU assistant) to move this program up the ranks in the Pac-12 Conference and NCAA.
"Corvallis is a great community and Oregon State is a very special place. I'm looking forward to getting to work."
Quintana arrived at ASU as a graduate assistant coach in 2001 before being elevated to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in 2003.
He was a nine-time NCAA All-American as a student-athlete at Villanova University (1991-95). He was the 1993 Penn Relays MVP, qualified for the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 1500 meters and competed in Europe multiple times. Quintana was a two-time All-American distance runner at Arroyo Grande High School in California, capturing the 1990 state cross country title with what remains the fourth fastest time.
What They Are Saying About Coach Quintana
"I'm so excited for Coach Quintana. Oregon State is a program with enormous potential and with Coach Quintana leading the way, great things will happen. Coach Quintana has been inspiring athletes for years to not only be the best athletes but also the best people. There is something very special about Coach Quintana's ability to motivate and turn a group of individuals into a team. He motivates athletes to achieve things they don't believe possible. He creates an atmosphere where athletes are willing to dig a little deeper for the overall team goals." – former ASU athlete Amy Hastings, a 10-time NCAA All-American, NCAA Champion and USA Olympic Trials Champion.
"There is no way to dispute that Louie is one of the best collegiate coaches in the country. His knowledge and experience goes unquestioned by anyone who runs the numbers. But what sets Louie apart from the crowd are two main things: first -- he can make everyone feel as though they are his best friend. He's incredibly personable and building that strong relationship is a huge factor in trusting your coach and being successful under him. second -- he has a history of believing in people before they believe in themselves. You can see it all over him, that he truly enjoys getting an athlete to a point that they never saw themselves getting to. Louie really is a special coach and I wish him the best of luck at Oregon State." – former ASU athlete Shelby Houlihan, a 12-time NCAA All-American, NCAA Champion and 2016 Olympian.
"I couldn't be happier for Louie. He has literally done it all at the highest level as an athlete and as a coach. We welcome him to the state and we look forward to working with him in the future." -- University of Portland men's cross country and track head coach Rob Conner.
"After working with Louie for 16 years at Arizona State University, I am beyond excited to pair up with him again. Louie's energy and vision will be a great addition to Oregon State University as we continue to build our program to new heights." -- current OSU assistant coach David Dumble
"For the past 16 years Coach Quintana has worked through the ranks of our program as a graduate assistant, assistant coach and finally as our head cross country coach. During coach Quintana's tenure with us he has helped produce Sun Devil national champions at 800m, 1500m, 3K, 5K, 10K and the steeplechase. The timing of this promotion is at the right time for Louie and his career. Coach Quintana is ready for this challenge." – Arizona State Director of Track and Field, Greg Kraft