Aug. 30, 2012
HOUSTON - Steve Magness joined the University of Houston cross country and track and field programs as an assistant coach with his hiring Thursday, head coach Leroy Burrell announced.
Magness joins the Cougars after spending a year and a half at the Nike Oregon Project. In his role, he served as a coach to several athletes and was in charge of implementing scientific testing and monitoring practices for the team, including Lactate Testing, VO2/Running Economy, and Biomechanics testing.
"I am excited we are able to bring Steve back to campus to lead the cross country program and oversee the distance events for track and field," Burrell said. "We are very fortunate that we are able to bring in an individual with his credentials, and he will make an immediate impact to our program as we prepare to transition into the BIG EAST Conference. I am especially excited that Steve is a Cougar and one of my former student-athletes."
Prior to working at the Project, Magness was the volunteer assistant cross country and track and field coach (2005-10) at his alma mater, Klein Oak High School, in Spring, Texas. There, he coached multiple state, regional, and national qualifiers.
Magness competed his freshman through junior years at Rice University, where he was the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2003. As a senior in 2007-08, Magness ran for the Cougars and finished in the Top 10 at the Conference USA Championships and was 11th at the NCAA South Central Regionals. For those efforts, he was named to the C-USA Academic All-Conference and the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic teams.
"I'd like to thank Coach Burrell for the great opportunity to return to the University of Houston as a cross country coach," Magness said. "I'm excited to continue Track and Field's tradition of excellence and help elevate the distance squad to similar levels of success."
As a prep, Magness ran under Gerald Stewart, where he won the State Championship in the 1600M and set a state record (4:01.02) in the event. He also ran the fastest high school mile time in the nation in 2003.
Magness holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Houston in 2008 and a master's in exercise, fitness, and health promotions from George Mason University in 2010. He is also a current contributor to Running Times Magazine and Competitor Magazine and had articles published in New Studies in Athletics and the International Journal of Athletic Training.