Peter Tegen, regarded as one of the most highly respected middle distance and distance coaches in the United States, begins his second season on The Farm after being named Stanford's men's and women's head cross country coach on August 17, 2005 by Edrick Floreal, Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field.
In his first season at Stanford, Tegen led the Cardinal women to a national title at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the third NCAA women's title in school history. The women's squad went undefeated in 2005, while the men's team captured a sixth-straight Pac-10 title and went on to finish sixth at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. For his efforts both at Stanford and formerly at Wisconsin, Tegen was named the 2005 Outstanding NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Past 25 Years by the USTFCCCA.
"Peter has done a phenomenal job hitting the ground running," said Floreal. "The success of his teams last year has shown his great coaching ability. We will continue to grow to an extremely high level with Peter."
Tegen enjoyed great success in 30 years of coaching at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Within the Big Ten Conference, Tegen coached more league champions, national champions and All-Americans than any other coach. Tegen also coached more All-Americans than any coach in Wisconsin athletic history.
Tegen coached more than 43 national champions in track and cross country, and his athletes earned more than 250 All-American honors.
Tegen coached the Badgers to two NCAA cross country titles (1984, 1985), 24 Top-10 national finishes in cross country; 21 Top-10 national finishes in track, including four NCAA runner-up titles, and 39 Big Ten Conference championships in track and cross country. Tegen coached more than 224 Big Ten event champions.
His list of great runners include Olympians Kathy Butler (1996, 2004), Suzy Favor Hamilton (1992, 1996, 2000) and Cindy Bremser (1984). He has also coached numerous runners who competed in several World Championships in track and field and cross country.
Academics were just as important to Tegen with nearly 300 Academic All-Big Ten selections since 1984. Numerous other Badger athletes also gained Academic All-American status.
A native of the Hanover area in Germany, Tegen received his undergraduate degree from the Deutsche Sporthochschule and University of Koln in 1965, and has graduate degrees in English and sports sciences from the University of Freiburg in 1973.
Tegen has taught English and coached gymnastics and track in Germany, Africa and Latin America before coming to the University of Wisconsin in 1973.
Tegen was the head coach of the Peruvian National team in 1971 and 1972. He also served as the head coach of the U.S. women's cross country team that finished sixth at the 1997 World Championships, the highest U.S. team finish since 1985.
Tegen has twice been selected by USA Track & Field to lead squads of middle distance runners on European tours.
Tegen has also received several notable honors in his career including National Cross Country Coach of the Year (twice), Big Ten Coach of the Year in track (six times) and in cross country (nine times).
Tegen inherits a cross country program at Stanford that has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years. Stanford has won the NCAA men's cross country title four times (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003) while the Cardinal women have captured three national titles (1996, 2003, 2005) since 1996. The Cardinal men have won the NCAA West Regional 10 of the last 11 years, while the Stanford women have won the regional crown seven straight years. At the Pac-10 Championships, Stanford's men's team has won six straight league titles, while the Stanford women have captured the league title the past 10 years.