Stanley Redwine is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Kansas track & field and cross country programs during the 2020-21 seasons, making Redwine the second-longest tenured head coach in the program’s history, behind only Bob Timmons who coached the Jayhawk programs for 23 years.
Already a member of the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame, Redwine is one of the most well-respected coaches in the United States. A former All-American himself at the University of Arkansas, Redwine has helped coach his Jayhawks to 279 All-America honors, 140 Big 12 individual titles, 20 individual national crowns, two Big 12 team titles and one NCAA team championship.
Redwine’s national championship came for the Jayhawk women’s outdoor team in 2013, making it the first women’s team title in KU history. For his coaching efforts that season, Redwine was named the NCAA’s Women’s Head Coach of the Year.
A five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, Redwine has coached 21 individual champions, 290 All-Americans, eight Olympians and 23 national championship teams between his years as head coach at Kansas and Tulsa and an assistant coach at Arkansas.
During the 2019-20 indoor season, several Jayhawks rose to national success, including Kansas’ Gleb Dudarev being named to The Bowerman Watch List throughout the entirety of the indoor season. Dudarev would go on to win his third-career indoor Big 12 title and became the No. 5 performer in NCAA indoor history in the weight throw, throwing 24.38m (80-00 ft.) at the Jayhawk Classic.
Along with Dudarev, pole vaulter Zach Bradford reached new heights for the Jayhawks, setting the school record in the event on three separate occasions during the 2019-20 season. Bradford would reach 5.80m (19-0.25 ft.) at the Tyson Invitational, which now stands as the No. 5 performance in NCAA history and the KU school record.
The Jayhawks would go on to send six team members to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, during the 2019-20 season, which was later canceled due to COVID-19. All six members were later recognized as All-Americans by the USTFCCCA.
In the fall of 2019, the Kansas men’s cross country team finished third out of 27 teams at the 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, just missing an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championships, as the top-two teams in each regional advanced. It marked the men’s highest finish at a Regional meet since 2006, when the team placed second.
During the 2018-19 season, Redwine guided the Kansas men to top-15 NCAA finishes both indoors and outdoors, of which the Jayhawk men added seven All-American honors. During the same season, Bryce Hoppel completed a perfect season between the indoor and outdoor seasons, winning 19 consecutive races including NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 800 meters. Hoppel’s performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships of 1:44.41 was the fifth-fastest 800 meter time by a collegian ever.
The 2017-18 year proved to be a highly successful one for the head coach in his 18th season with school records being broken 16 times. Redwine coached Sharon Lokedi to her second-straight Big 12 Women’s Cross Country individual title, the Kansas women’s indoor team to a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship (earning him Big 12 Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year honors), Hussain Al Hizam to a national title in the pole vault NCAA Men’s Indoor National Championships and Lokedi to a national championship in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His athletes also won 11 individual Big 12 titles and 34 All-America honors during the 2018 track & field seasons. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the men’s and women’s teams both posted top-20 finishes for the first time in program history.
Redwine’s last decade at Kansas have perhaps been the most successful stretch in his career, with the women’s team NCAA title coming in 2013 and having seven individual national champions. He also led the men’s team to its highest conference finish in over 30 years in 2016, claiming second at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship before following it up with runner-up finishes at both the indoor and outdoor conference meets for the men’s team in 2017 and an 11th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the highest finish by the Jayhawk men since taking seventh in 2010.
His coaching accolades prove his success, as he was named the Big 12 Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2013, the USTFCCCA Midwest Region and National Women’s Coach of the Year in 2013, the 2016 Big 12 Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year, the 2017 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year, and the aforementioned 2018 Big 12 Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year.
Adding to his accolades, four of Redwine’s athletes competed in the Games of the XXXI (31st) Olympiad in the summer of 2016. Kyle Clemons was a member of the USA’s gold-medal winning 4×400-meter relay team, Andrea Geubelle placed 21st in the triple jump while representing the United States, Mason Finley took 11th for the USA in the discus and Daina Levy placed 30th in the hammer throw, representing her home country of Jamaica.
The 2013 season marked a historic year for the women’s program. In addition to the NCAA Outdoor title, the Jayhawks claimed both the indoor and outdoor conference titles and Redwine saw his athletes earn first team All-America honors 27 times during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. Lindsay Vollmer became Kansas’ first female NCAA Champion with her win in the heptathlon while Andrea Geubelle and Natalia Bartnovskaya both tallied national titles at the NCAA Indoor meet.
Redwine pupil Diamond Dixon not only claimed a national championship, four conference titles and four more All-American honors in 2012, but also won a gold medal at the Olympics in London as part of the 4×400-meter relay team.
Behind NCAA Champion Jordan Scott’s performance at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the KU men’s team finished seventh at the national meet, which was the highest finish for the Kansas men at the outdoor championships since taking fifth in 1975. Scott claimed the pole vault title for the first time in his career, while freshman thrower Mason Finley took home second place in both the shot put and discus at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
In 2008, Redwine coached 12 track & field All-Americans, which was then the most he had coached in one season in his time at Kansas.
In the summer of 2008 in Beijing, China, Redwine athletes Scott Russell and Nickesha Anderson represented their respective countries in the Games of the XXIX (29th) Olympiad. Russell finished in 10th place for Canada in the men’s javelin, while Anderson was an alternate on Jamaica’s women’s 4×100-meter relay team.
Redwine oversaw Egor Agafonov to his second-consecutive National Championship in the weight throw, as well as his fifth and sixth All-America honors (weight throw, hammer throw) and his third-consecutive Big 12 Championship, in both the hammer throw and the weight throw.
In the 2008 indoor track & field season, Kansas was just one of 10 schools to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, senior Crystal Manning (long jump and triple jump) and junior Nickesha Anderson (100 meters and 200 meters) each won two All-America honors. Only one other woman (Candace Mason) had previously accomplished the feat in KU history.
As an athlete, Redwine placed his name in the Arkansas history books as a 400-meter, 600-yard and 800-meter runner from 1980-83. Redwine was a four-time All-American and was named Arkansas’ Outstanding Track Athlete all four of his years in Fayetteville. Redwine went on to spend nine years as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
During his tenure, the Razorbacks captured nine consecutive NCAA Championships and 22 titles from 1985 to 1994 in both track & field and cross country. He helped produce 14 All-Americans and two NCAA Champions in the hurdle and sprint events. Among those All-Americans were two-time 400-meter NCAA indoor and outdoor champion Calvin Davis, three-time 400-meter and 500-meter NCAA champion Robbie Haley and seven-time All-American sprinter Jimmy French.
His success as an assistant earned him the head coaching position at the University of Tulsa in 1994. In six years at Tulsa, Redwine’s athletes broke more than 70 school records, most on multiple occasions. He produced 11 NCAA qualifiers and Tulsa’s first-ever All-American.
On May 25, 2000, Redwine was rewarded for his efforts by being hired as the head coach at the University of Kansas. The Jayhawks’ track & field program has prospered ever since, as he has restored the tradition of KU’s illustrious past.
Professionally, Redwine retired from competition in 1996 after he finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier five-straight times from 1980 to 1996 and was a two-time silver medalist in the 800-meter run at the Goodwill Games in 1986 and 1994. He won bronze medals at the Pan American Games in 1983 and 1987. Redwine was also a World Championship team member in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993 and a two-time U.S. 800-meter champion.
Redwine earned his bachelor’s degree in administrative management from the University of Arkansas in 1985. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have three children; Crysta, Stanley Jr., and Alexa.
|THE REDWINE FILE|
|Alma Mater: Arkansas, 1985|
|Experience: 20th Season at KU|
|Children: Crysta, Stanley Jr. & Alexa|
|2001-Present, Kansas (Head Coach)|
|1995-2000, Tulsa (Head Coach)|
|1985-94, Arkansas (Assistant - Sprints)|
|2018 Big 12 Women's Indoor Coach of the Year|
|2017 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2017 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year|
|2016 Big 12 Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2013 USTFCCCA National Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2013 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2013 Big 12 Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2013 Big 12 Women's Indoor Coach of the Year|
|2012 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|2005 Big 12 Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year|
|NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS AT KU|
|2013 Women's Outdoor|
|NATIONAL CHAMPIONS COACHED AT KU|
|2002 Scott Russell Javelin|
|2003 Leo Bookman 200 Meters|
|2010 Jordan Scott Pole Vault|
|Michael Stigler 400-Meter Hurdles|
|2013 Lindsay Vollmer Heptathlon|
|2018 Sharon Lokedi 10,000-Meter Run|
|2002 Scott Russell Weight Throw|
|2003 Leo Bookman 200 Meters|
|2004 Leo Bookman 200 Meters|
|2007 Egor Agafonov Weight Throw|
|2008 Egor Agafonov Weight Throw|
|2018 Hussain Al Hizam Pole Vault|
|2005 Amy Linnen Pole Vault|
|2012 Diamond Dixon 400 Meters|
|2012 Andrea Geubelle Triple Jump|
|2013 Natalia Bartnovskaya Pole Vault|
|2013 Andrea Geubelle Long Jump|
|2013 Andrea Geubelle Triple Jump|