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Chris Miltenberg
Position: The Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field
Alma Mater: Georgetown
Graduating Year: 2003
Experience: 2 Years

Chris Miltenberg is in his third season as Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field and head cross-country coach, and is the 2013 USTFCCCA West Region Cross Country Coach of the Year.

As Miltenberg continues to build the program, the Cardinal has enjoyed an NCAA runner-up finish in men's cross country, a collegiate record and NCAA title in the women's 400 hurdles, a men's indoor NCAA distance medley relay crown, two individual Pac-12 women's cross-country titles, and a Rhodes Scholarship.

In all, Miltenberg has coached Cardinal athletes to 56 indoor and outdoor All-America honors in two seasons.

In 2014, Stanford had runners in the NCAA outdoor track finals in every men's non-barrier distance event from the 800 to the 10,000, and the Cardinal women had Claudia Saunders (800) and Aisling Cuffe (5,000) each finish second in their events. Cuffe and Jessica Tonn went on to earn top-10 finishes at the USATF Championships in the 5,000, and discus thrower Valarie Allman captured the U.S. junior championship.

Miltenberg's first academic year (2012-13) was highlighted by team performances such as the sixth place by the Stanford women at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, third place at the NCAA women's cross country finals, and an NCAA West Region title in men's cross country.

It was the performance of the track and field program that clinched a 19th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors' Cup for Stanford (the total now stands at 20). At the NCAA meet, Kori Carter set a women's collegiate and NCAA meet record in winning the 400 hurdles in 53.21, a world-leading time. Carter was named women's West Region and Pac-12 track athlete of the year.

Miltenberg coached two 800-meter runners into the 2013 NCAA final. Justine Fedronic was third and freshman Amy Weissenbach sixth. Weissenbach went on to break Fedronic’s school record by becoming one of two collegians to advance to the USATF Championship final, and set a national freshman record of 2:00.98. Two weeks later, Fedronic broke Weissenbach’s school mark with a 2:00.97 at the IAAF Diamond League meet in France.

In all, 13 Stanford athletes received All-America honors at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships and 10 achieved USATF Championships 'A' or 'B' standards, and that doesn't include Stanford's foreign-born athletes: Australia's Olympic 400 finalist Steven Solomon or French national team’s Fedronic.

Under Miltenberg, cross country runner Miles Unterreiner was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, half-miler Luke Lefebure won the Elite 89 award for the highest cumulative GPA among athletes at the 2013 NCAA indoor track and field championships, and Tyler Stutzman was named 2013 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's cross country.

In 2014, Stanford's men's cross-country team finished second in the NCAA, the program's highest finish since 2003. The Cardinal's top five, led by Maksim Korolev in fourth, all earned All-America honors by placing among the top 40. It's entire top seven placed among the top 100. Korolev, who beat Oregon's Edward Cheserek to win the NCAA West Regional, was named West Region runner of the year.
The Cardinal women, with five true or redshirt freshmen, placed 14th. This came after third-place finishes in both the Pac-12 NCAA West Region meets. Freshman Elise Cranny was the Pac-12 runner-up and placed 12th at the NCAA's, the highest finish by any freshman and the best frosh placing for a Stanford runner since 1999. Cranny was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

In 2013, the Cardinal men repeated as NCAA West Region champions and the women finished 11th in the country, with the men 19th. Aisling Cuffe won the Pac-12 women's title, following the feat of Kathy Kroeger in 2012. Cuffe and Jim Rosa each finished among the top-five at the NCAA Championships, making Stanford the only school to accomplish the feat at the meet. Rosa was the top American-born finisher.

Miltenberg came from Georgetown where he was the associate head coach for track and field and the head women's cross-country coach. He led the Hoyas to the 2011 NCAA title in women's cross country and was named the USTFCCCA National Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

In five seasons at Georgetown, Miltenberg coached 36 All-Americans in track and field, including Emily Infeld, an NCAA champion at 3,000. Miltenberg also led the Georgetown women to the 2012 Big East indoor track title.

Miltenberg's Georgetown teams finished in the top 10 of the USTFCCA Terry Crawford Program of the Year two consecutiveseasons. He was a three-time Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year for women's track and field and had six of his athletes compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Prior to Georgetown, Miltenberg was the associate head coach for men's and women's track and field, and cross country at Columbia. He spent one season in that role and was an assistant coach at Columbia for two seasons before that. He led the Lions to 13th-place finishes at the 2004 and 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Miltenberg also led Columbia to a pair of Ivy League titles during those same seasons.

Miltenberg is a 2003 graduate of Georgetown where he was a two-time All-American and placed fourth at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3,000. He went on to run professionally for a year with Adidas while training for the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials.

Miltenberg earned a master's in applied physiology in 2005 from Columbia. He is married to former Georgetown All-America runner, the former Colleen Kelly. The couple has two children, daughter Maggie and son Kevin.

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