Mark Mandi is entering his fourth season leading the Eagles and was named head coach for cross country and track & field at NU in June, 2009.
Mandi is a 2006 graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Coach Mandi hails from Everett, Washington and ran track and cross country for Mariner High School.
At the University of Washington, Mandi finished 4th and 6th in the PAC 10 Cross Country Championships in 2004 and 2005. He also won the individual championship in the 2004 Sundodger Invitational and the 2005 Charles Bowles Invitational and helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA National Championships in 2003 and 2005 and was a co-captain of the team in 2004 and 2005. Mandi also was a member of the Husky track team and had personal bests in the mile (4:08), 3k (14:05), 5k (14:05), and 10k (29:38).
Mark was a two time First Team All-Pac10 award winner in 2004 and 2005 and was named to the All-West Region Team in 2005. An outstanding student, Coach Mandi was also a three time Pac10 All-Academic Second Team member.
Prior to being named head coach at NU, Mark was an assistant cross country and track and field coach for one year at Northwest U. Mandi was also a volunteer assistant coach at O’Dea High School in Seattle for one year.
“It has been a great blessing to serve God at this wonderful institution,” commented Coach Mandi. “I am excited about where this team is headed because our focus is to glorify Jesus through our athletic endeavors.” Mandi continued, “I have amazing coaches to assist me and a young group of men and women that are a joy to coach. We’ve got a lot of work on our hands, though, as we look to shape the culture of this team, a culture that is characterized by humility, hard work, dedication and fellowship.”
Northwest University Athletic Director Gary McIntosh stated, “Mark was an outstanding runner at the University of Washington and has performed at the highest levels of running in the United States. Mark is regarded as one of the top runners in the Seattle area and he continues to run with Club Northwest in the area and still is considered one of the best. Mark is a great fit for us here at NU and his primary goal is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ through running. I believe Mark is the coach to take the NU running programs to the next level of competition,” McIntosh concluded.