Corey Ihmels
Corey  Ihmels

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Iowa State, 1997


Both XC Teams Open Season Ranked

The Boise State men's and women's cross country teams will open the season ranked No. 24 and No. 19, respectively, by the USTFCCCA


XC Announces 2017 Slate

Head coach Corey Ihmels and the Broncos will compete in four regular season meets before the Mountain West Conference Championships on Oct. 27 in Albuquerque, N.M.


Peloquin Sixth, Men 19th at Nationals

Brenna Peloquin was sixth in the women's race and the men were 19th as a team at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.


West Regional Next Test for Broncos

The Boise State cross country team will compete in the NCAA West Regional Championship this Friday at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif.


Men's Team, Uchikoshi Victorious

The Boise State men's team won the team title and Yusuke Uchikoshi won the individual crown Friday morning at the Mountain West XC Championships in Kuna, Idaho at Falcon Crest Golf Club


MW Championship Preview - Corey Ihmels

Mountain West Conference Championship Preview with Head Cross Country Coach Corey Ihmels


2016 Mountain West Cross Country Championships

2016 Mountain West Cross Country Championships, Falcon Crest Golf Club, Kuna, ID | Oct. 28

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After four 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’ four seasons at Boise State:

Mountain West Championship
Men's Cross Country (2016)

Individual National Champion
Emma Bates (2014) – 10,000m
Allie Ostrander (2017) - 3,000m Steeplechase

Mountain West Athlete of the Year Awards
Emma Bates (2x, 2013 and 2014)
Allie Ostrander (2017)

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

Mountain West Student-Athlete of the Year Awards (Sport Specific) 
Allie Ostrander (3x, 2015 XC, 2016 Indoor and 2017 Outdoor)
Emma Bates (2x, 2014 XC and 2014 Outdoor)
David Elliott (2x, 2014 XC and 2016 Indoor)
Yusuke Uchikoshi (2016 XC)

7 in cross country, 23 in track and field

 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

Team Cross Country Championship Appearances
2014 Women: 11th Place - First Appearance to NCAA Nationals for the women's team in school history
2015 Women: 11th Place
2015 Men: 16th Place
2016 Men: 19th Place

Place at 2017 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Individual Mountain West Championships
5 in cross country, 28 in track and field

All-Mountain West Honorees

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.
Four of Ihmels' athletes from Iowa State also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Betsy Saina competed for Kenya and took 5th (30:07.78) in the 10,000m
  • Hillary Bor competed for the United States and took 7th (8:22.74) in the 3,000m Steeplchase
  • Mohamed Hrezi competed for Libya, taking 77th (2:21.17) in the marathon.
  • Guor Marial competed for South Sudan in the marathon, taking 82nd (2:22.74).

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 cross events in the country.

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