Tim Springfield was named the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in June of 2013. He previously served as the Interim Director of Track & Field/Cross Country during the 2012-13 campaign.
In Springfield’s tenure as Director, the men’s and women’s teams have rewritten the program’s record books, breaking 28 Brown school records and recording 264 all-time top-10 performances. Additionally, Springfield and his staff have sent 10 athletes to the NCAA National Cross Country and Track and Field Championships.
Brown has fielded strong broad-based teams under Springfield and his staff, registering Ivy League Champions in the 100, 200, 500, 800, 5000, 4x400m, 4x800m, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, heptathlon, and decathlon. Brown athletes have also posted 23 all-time Ivy League top-10 performances during these years.
The men’s team finished third overall at the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which equaled the best outdoor team finish in program history. They also finished 3rd in the 2015 Outdoor Championships, the highest finish since 2001.
Under Springfield, the men’s and women’s cross country teams are consistently in the top 8 in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, with the women placing as high as 3rd and the men as high as 5th. They have also produced two NCAA Cross Country All-Americans, Natalie Schudrowitz and Dan Lowry.
Before coming to Brown, Springfield coached at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and at the University of Wisconsin.
At St. Thomas, Springfield had a hand in 53 conference team titles over a span of 13 years for men and women in cross country and track. His women's distance medley relay was the 2010 DIII National Champions, and his athletes established 32 school record performances in 11 middle- and long-distance events. He also coached 14 different middle- and long-distance runners to 45 All-American awards. For his efforts, Springfield was named the Division III National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Springfield also served as an Adjunct Professor of English at St. Thomas, teaching literature and writing.
Prior to his tenure at St. Thomas, Springfield was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, during which time the Badgers won six Big Ten Cross Country titles, two Big Ten Track titles, and one NCAA National title. Among the athletes Springfield helped recruit to Wisconsin were two eventual NCAA champions.
Springfield competed collegiately at the University of Virginia, where he was a cross country All-American and led his team to an ACC team title and a 5th place national finish. He also broke the Virginia school record in the indoor 5000m and was twice ACC runner-up. As a post-collegiate, he placed 6th in the US Cross Country Championships.
Springfield graduated with a degree in English Literature from Virginia and also holds a graduate degree in Literature from the University of Wisconsin. He is married and lives with his wife Mary Heather Smith in Providence.