Corey Ihmels
Corey  Ihmels

Head Coach


Women's DMR Wins Again in Albuquerque

The Bronco women's distance medley relay team cruised to the win Thursday afternoon at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field championships thanks to a time of 11:19.39


Henderson Breaks 800m School Record

Sadi Henderson obliterated the 800m school record - also good for the fourth-fastest 800m time in Mountain West history - with a time of 2:05.71 to set the tone for the Broncos on day two of the Ed Jacoby Invitational


Ihmels Adds to Coaching Staff

Head coach Corey Ihmels announced the hiring of assistant coach Pat McCurry and the addition of volunteer assistant coaches Justin Graff and Andrew Green on Monday


XC Podcast and Video Series Forthcoming

The "Cross Country Corner" podcast will feature an #AskIhmels segment and there will be a #TrailTuesday video series over the course of the season


2015-16 In Review: Fall

Boise State student-athletes racked up nine All-America honors last fall


Bronco Weekly: Track and Field

Coach Ihmels previews the upcoming NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships


Track and Field

Bronco Weekly with Coach Ihmels previewing the MW Outdoor Track and Field Championships


Bronco Weekly: Track & Field

Bronco Weekly: Track & Field - Jan. 30, 2014


Season Opener Highlights

2013 Jacksons Open and Multis recap and highlights

email Corey Ihmels

After two years at the helm of the Boise State track and field and cross country programs, head coach Corey Ihmels and the Broncos have steadily climbed the national ranks along with establishing themselves as a force in the Mountain West. Below is a list of some of the program’s accomplishments in Ihmels’ two seasons at Boise State:

1 Individual National Champion
Emma Bates (2014) – 10,000m

Mountain West Athlete of the Year Awards
Emma Bates (2x, 2013 and 2014)

3 Individual National Runner-ups
Emma Bates (2014) – XC
Marisa Howard (2014) – 3,000m Steeplechase
Jordin Andrade (2015) – 400m Hurdles

15 All-Americans 
3 in cross country, 12 in track and field

8th Place at 2014 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Best finish at an NCAA Championship for any women’s team at Boise State in school history

11th Place at 2014 Women’s Cross Country Championships
First appearance to NCAA Nationals for the women’s team in school history

16 Individual Mountain West Championships
3 in cross country, 13 in track and field

48 All-Mountain West Honorees
10 in cross country, 38 in track and field

Also, Marisa Howard finished her collegiate career as the sixth-fastest 3,000m steeplechaser in NCAA history after running a 9:37.84 at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Emma Bates wrapped up her storied career as the 10th-fastest 10,000m runner in NCAA history after clocking a 32:13.28 at the 2015 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

Prior to coming to Boise State, Ihmels spent the previous six seasons (2007-13) as the head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at his alma mater, Iowa State. The two-time Big 12 Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year enjoyed similar success with the Cyclones:

7 Individual National Champions

9 Individual National Runner-ups

67 All-Americans

2 Big 12 Team Conference Championships

6 Top-10 Team Finishes at the NCAA Championships

38 Individual Big 12 Champions

400+ Big 12 All-Conference Honorees

In addition to his accomplishments on the Big 12 and NCAA level, Ihmels helped two athletes at Iowa State compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics:

  • Lisa (Koll) Uhl competed for the United States and took 13th (31:12.80) in the 10,000m.
  • Guor Marial competed as an Independent Olympic Athlete and took 47th (2:19.32) in the marathon.

Three Cyclone athletes exited Iowa State having held positions in the Top-Ten All-Time NCAA Performance List in the 10,000m and 5,000m:


  •  Lisa (Koll) Uhl – No. 1
  • Betsy Saina No. 3
  • Meaghan Nelson No. 7


  • Betsy Saina – No. 6
  • Lisa (Koll) Uhl – No. 8

Prior to becoming head coach at Iowa State, he served as the head men's cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Cyclones for five years. He joined the Cyclones from Arizona State, where he worked as a graduate assistant coach from 2000-01. Ihmels, a six-time All-American long-distance runner for Iowa State and the 1997 Big 12 Conference Indoor Athlete of the Year, was a member of the Cyclones' 1994 NCAA championship cross country team.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Iowa State in 1997, and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in 2001. He and his wife Michelle have two children, son Wil and daughter Ruby.

As a prep running out of Williston HS, Ihmels won the 1991 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships - one of the most prestigious national prep cross country events in the country.


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