Craig Hougen is in his 26th-year as head coach of the cross country and track and field squads at Bemidji State University.
In his time at BSU, Hougen has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Coach of the Year six times. Most recently, Hougen accepted the award after coaching the men's team to their 2005 outdoor NSIC title. The conference championship was just the second in the school's history.
Hougen’s teams have produced five national champions, 30 All-Americans, six Academic All-America picks, nearly 400 all-conference performers and his student-athletes and teams have been regularly honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association for academic success.
Prior to his 2005 award, Hougen had previously been recognized as the NSIC Coach of the Year in 2001 (women's outdoor), 2000 (men's outdoor), 1999 (men's outdoor), 1998 (men's indoor) and 1996 (men's indoor).
In the midst of a four-year span in which Hougen collected four NSIC Coach of the Year awards, he engineered a men's conference champion in 2000 for the first BSU league title in school history.
In the 1998 and 1999 campaigns, Hougen led the Beavers to second-(men) and fourth-place (women) finishes in the indoor and outdoor seasons, snapping 17 school records along the way.
Collecting his first NSIC Coach of the Year award in 1996, Hougen began molding the BSU track and field teams into annual league contenders for the team title while producing several NCAA qualifiers and All-America selections.
A track state champion and notable track athlete at Bismarck High School (N.D.), Hougen earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Valley City State University (N.D.) in 1977. He followed with a master's degree in that same field from BSU in 1979 while serving as a graduate assistant for two years.
Hougen entered the coaching ranks as the head track and field coach at Sheridan High School in Wyoming in 1979 and accepted additional duties as assistant coach with the football and basketball programs during his 10-year stay with Sheridan athletics.
In 1989, Hougen leaped to the college ranks to begin what has become a very successful collegiate coaching regime, directing the BSU track and field teams for the past 18 years while also serving as the assistant football coach for the Beavers from 1989 through 1996.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Hougen has dedicated himself as an administrator for track and field on a national level, capped by a stint as Chief Steward for the 1996 Olympic Trials and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. He served as the travel coordinator for the 1992 and 1993 Olympic Sports Festivals, and worked with the U.S. Nationals during that time as well.
Craig currently resides in Bemidji with his wife Ann. He has three adult children Michael, Rebecca and Alison.
Coach of the Year honors
2005 NSIC Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year
2001 NSIC Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year
2000 NSIC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year
1999 NSIC Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year
1998 NSIC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year
1996 NSIC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year
COLLEGE COACHING PROFILE
2007 Bemijdi State indoor 4th (M); 5th (W); outdoor 3rd (M), 5th (W)
2006 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 6th (W); outdoor 2nd (M), 5th (W)
2005 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 5th (W); outdoor 1st (M), 5th (W)
2004 Bemidji State indoor 4th (M), 7th (W); outdoor 5th (M), 6th (W)
2003 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 6th (W); outdoor 3rd (M), 6th (W)
2002 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M) 7th (W); outdoor 3rd (M), 5th (W)
*2001 Bemidji State
*2000 Bemidji State
*1999 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 4th (W); outdoor 2nd (M), 4th (W)
*1998 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 4th (W); outdoor 2nd (M), 4th (W)
1997 Bemidji State
*1996 Bemidji State indoor 2nd (M), 3rd(W); outdoor 3rd (M), 2nd (W)
1995 Bemidji State indoor/outdoor 2nd (M), indoor/outdoor 3rd (W)
1994 Bemidji State indoor 3rd (M); outdoor 2nd (M)
1993 Bemidji State indoor 4th (M); outdoor 6th (M)
1992 Bemidji State indoor 6th (M); outdoor 4th (M)
1991 Bemidji State indoor 5th (M); outdoor 5th (M)
1990 Bemidji State
1989 Bemidji State
Assistant Coaching Profile
1989-96 Bemidji State Football
* NSIC Coach of the Year