Randy Bungard is in his tenth season as the head coach of the men's and women's track and field program at the University of Virginia. Since taking over the UVa programs, he has worked to develop the Cavaliers into an ACC Championship contender, and in that time he has coached at least one All-American every year. In 2001, Bungard was named Southeast Regional and ACC Coach of the Year for the men's team.
Upon his arrival, Bungard has been working to develop both the men's and women's teams into squads that are capable of competing on the national level. He knew the transition would not happen overnight and the process would take time. However, UVa has already begun to show significant signs of improvement under Bungard. The Cavaliers have averaged more than two All-Americans each year, and a like number of ACC Champions. During his career at Virginia, which also includes a stint as assistant coach from 1993-1995, Bungard has coached 17 All-Americans, 45 NCAA qualifiers, 23 Atlantic Coast Conference champions, and 99 All-ACC performers. Thirty school records have been set under Bungard's guidance including Gerald Howard in both the 100 and 200 meters, Kellen Blassingame in the 400m, Tiki Barber in the long jump, Brian Kollar in the javelin, Bill Johnston in the hammer, Eliese Mitchell in the hammer, shot put and 20lb weight throw, Vika Osipenko and David Sullivan in the pole vault, Naccole Guinn in the triple jump, Dawn Cleary in the steeplechase, and Erin Crawford in the 400 intermediate hurdles.
In 2002-2003, Bungard coached Kiamesha Otey to the national title in the long jump, giving the Cavaliers their first national champion in over a decade. He also had three athletes earn All-American honors and seven athletes win ACC titles.
In 2005-06, Bungard coached three All-Americans: Tomika Ferguson in the indoor triple jump, Billie Jo Grant in the discus throw, and Erin Crawford in the 400 intermediate hurdles. Bungard also oversaw the coaching of two ACC Champions and 11 All-ACC performers. In the 2006 Cross Country season, Virginia had its first All-American performers since Jennifer Owens in 2001, as Emily Harrison and Kara Scanlin both earned the honor.
He brings a diverse coaching background to UVa that includes the middle distance/distance area, throws, jumps, sprints and hurdles. Bungard has coached an NCAA Champion in the shot put (Angie Barker, ETSU `88) and 800 meters (Dana Riley, Texas `97), as well as runners-up in the long jump (Nicole Devonish, Texas `96) and 200 meters (Kim Graham, Clemson `92). This diversity is something that Bungard has sought out in his coaching career. "I am a track and field fan," says Bungard. "I truly believe a head coach should know every event in his program. I have always tried to get my feet wet in many areas because I am convinced that that will make me a better head coach. If you can empathize with every athlete in every event, then I think you can meet the needs of all your athletes on the team."
Bungard belonged to the coaching staff at Texas, long considered one of the giants of the track world. He coached and assisted in coaching 11 NCAA champions, 50 All-Americans, 24 Big 12 Conference champions and 19 Southwest Conference champions as a member of the Longhorns' coaching staff. The Texas women claimed second place overall at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships in 1997. In 1996, Bungard helped Texas place third at the NCAA Indoor and second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Bungard was an assistant coach at Clemson University and East Tennessee State University. At Clemson, Bungard had a hand in developing 11 All-Americans, 34 NCAA qualifiers and 22 ACC champions. During his tenure there, Clemson athletes established 69 school records, won four ACC MVP honors and placed second at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter dash. Bungard coached Clemson standout Kim Graham, a 1996 Olympic 400-meter semifinalist and Olympic gold medalist as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. He was an assistant coach at Clemson when the Tigers won the ACC Outdoor Championships and a year later when they were victorious at the ACC Indoor Championships.
The Richmond, Va. native's coaching career began shortly after earning his bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Virginia Tech in 1987. At Tech, Bungard competed as a decathlete, capturing three Metro All-Conference titles during his career.
Later, Bungard continued his education at East Tennessee State University, where he earned his master's degree in education with an emphasis in exercise physiology in 1988. At ETSU, Bungard served as a teaching assistant and a volunteer coach for the track team for one year, coaching the 1988 NCAA indoor shot put champion, as well as three Southern Conference champions and five All-Conference performers.
Bungard has coached a number of athletes at the world-class level, including Kim Graham and Deon Hemmings, the bronze medalist from Jamaica, at the 1999 World Championships and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 400m hurdles.