|Position:||Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field/ Cross Country Alden-Rothenberg Coaching Chair|
In her 13th season with the Brown University Track & Field program, Coach Eisenreich continues to lead the Bears to success. Since taking over as the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country in February 2010, the program has thrived. During the 2011-2012 season, the Bears produce a number of remarkable achievements including a fourth place finish by the men's XC team at the Heptagonal Championships, a fifth place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, and an All-American. The track team also tallied its share of success including nine school records, eight Heptagonal Champions, 10 NCAA first round qualifiers and three qualifiers to the NCAA Finals in Des Moines, Iowa.
When Coach E. joined the Brown Track and Field coaching staff in 2000 as an assistant, the throws program has redefined itself as the premier squad in the league. In 2000, the throws team consisted of only three athletes. This year the squad will consist of 19 of the best throwers in the Northeast. Coach E's throwers have earned 51 All-Ivy honors, 30 Ivy titles, eight school records, 15 individuals have qualified for the NCAA regional championships, six for the NCAA championships and three have earned NCAA All-American Honors: 2001 5th place finisher in the outdoor shot Amber Knighten, 2011 10th place finisher in the hammer Brynn Smith, and three time All-American and 2010 NCAA champion in the men's javelin, Craig Kinsley. Continuing to train post collegiately with Coach E, Bryan Powlen '10 (discus) and Kinsley both qualified for the 2012 US Olympic Trials with throws of 200'5" and 270' respectively. Powlen went on to finish 16th overall while Kinsley finished 3rd and punched his ticket to the London Olympics where he was the top American thrower finishing 23rd over all. In 2009, Eisenreich's successes were recognized by her peers by being awarded USTFCCCA Men's Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Coach E knew she would go into coaching after having outstanding mentors in both high school and college. She began at Purdue as a graduate assistant, coaching multi-event athletes, vaulters and throwers for the women's team. While there, she also directed the Purdue Area Track Club for athletes ages 5 to 17. After finishing her graduate degree, Eisenreich moved on to Colgate for two years. She coached athletes to school records in five throwing events, while also coaching the jumpers and serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Michelle's coaching philosophy is a three-part guiding force: 1) develop the individual on a personal and athletic level; 2) create a healthy team attitude; 3) contribute to the growth of the sport of track and field. She accomplishes these three goals by continually studying the science and the training technique of the events she coaches and making a personal investment into the welfare of each athlete; she instills a strong team ethic and an understanding of how to achieve team success in each individual; and she works with track and field at both the national and grass roots level.
She competed at Carlton College in her native Minnesota, winning her conference championship five times in the shot and discus. In 1995, she was the MIAC Athlete of the Meet outdoors. She holds school records in the shot, discus, and was the school record holder in the 20lb. weight and hammer until 2002. A four-time participant at the NCAAs, she earned All-American honors in 1995 in the discus.