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Bryan Fetzer
Bryan  Fetzer

Position:
Director of Track and Field/Cross Country


06/14/2016

UVA Men Finish Fifth in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings

Cavaliers finish fifth for second-consecutive year

03/12/2016

Wynne Wins NCAA Indoor Title in Mile, Men Finish Eighth

Mihaljevic finishes second in shot put

05/16/2015

Virginia Men Place Second at ACC Outdoor Championships

Young named Most Valuable Male Field Performer

05/16/2015

Virginia Women Finish Ninth at ACC Outdoor Championships

Guy breaks school record in pole vault

05/15/2015

Virginia Men in First Place After Second Day of ACCs

Mihaljevic wins shot put

03/30/2013

Track Virginia Invitational (by Matt Riley)

Track Virginia Invitational (by Matt Riley)

Bryan Fetzer was hired as Virginia’s director of track and field/cross country in December 2011 and the success the Cavaliers have had since his arrival in Charlottesville has been hard to ignore. 

During the 2016-17 season, the men’s team earned a program best fourth-place finish in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings. UVA was one of three programs to rank in the top five of the POY for the past three season, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. The men’s team finished inside the top-20 in all three seasons, ranking 18th at the cross country championships, 16th at the indoor championships and a program-best third at the outdoor championships.

Over the year, the Cavaliers had 11 All-Americans, eight ACC Champions and eight school records. Filip Mihaljevic captured the NCAA outdoor title in the shot put and the discus, earning him recognition as a Bowerman Semifinalist, the ACC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, the 2017 ACC Outdoor Championships Men’s Field MVP, 2017 USTFCCCA Southeast Regional Field Athlete of the Year and the ACC Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jordan Young was named the Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.

In cross country, the men’s team captured their fifth consecutive NCAA appearance. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Southeast Region as the men finished second in the region and the women finished sixth. At the NCAA Outdoor championships, the men’s team recorded four first-team All-American honors and two honorable mentions, while the women’s team earned a second-team honor. During the indoor season, the men’s team sent four student-athletes to the NCAA Championships.

Under the guidance of Fetzer, the Cavaliers have produced two national champions, 74 All-Americans, including 27 first-team honorees, 38 ACC champions, 33 school records and 31 school freshman records. 

Before coming to Charlottesville, Fetzer was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Harvard where he helped the Crimson bring in the No. 5 men’s track and field recruiting class in 2011, according to Track and Field News.

Fetzer had assistant coach stops at Mississippi State (2007-10), California (2004-07) and Ball State (2003-04) after a five-year stint as the director of track and field/cross country at Gardner-Webb, where he oversaw the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ transition from Division II to Division I. 

Fetzer’s coaching career began at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, as a track and field and football coach. During his tenure, the women’s program became a national junior college power, placing second during the 1999 indoor and outdoor seasons and finishing no lower than 11th at the NJCAA Championships in his four years. Ranger student-athletes captured eight NJCAA National Championships and secured 65 All-America citations.

In addition to his work with collegiate athletes, Fetzer has consulted and worked on speed/power development and strength training with several professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, Arena Football League, WNBA and WUSA. Fetzer has also served on several national staffs for various countries for the World Junior Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the NACAC Under-23 Championships and the World University Games. He also served as the secretary for the US Women’s Coaches Association from 1999-2005.

Fetzer earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Canisius College, where he was a four-year letterman and senior captain for the football team. He holds a master’s degree in physical education from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Fetzer is a member of the USTFCCCA Autonomy Five Executive Committee, the ACC Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is the ACC representative on the NCAA Division I Track and Field Executive Committee. In the community, Fetzer is a member of the Charlottesville Track Club Board of Directors.

Virginia NCAA Finishes Under Fetzer
Men Cross Country Indoor Outdoor Notes
2012 - T-45th T-56th 8 All-Americans, 7 ACC titles
2012-13 14th DNS DNS 6 All-Americans
2013-14 13th DNS T-44th 6 All-Americans, 3 ACC titles
2014-15 21st T-23rd 17th 5th in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings
2015-16

22nd

T-8th

7th

NCAA Champs: Wynne (Mile), Mihaljevic (O-SP)
5th in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings 
2016-17 18th 16th 3rd NCAA Champs: Mihaljevic (O-SP, O-Discus) 
3rd in USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings
Women Cross Country Indoor Outdoor Notes
2012 - T-43rd DNS 7 All-Americans, 3 ACC titles
2012-13 DNQ DNS DNS 4 All-Americans, 2 ACC titles
2013-14 9th DNS T-54th 3 All-Americans, 3 ACC titles
2014-15 15th DNS DNS 2 All-Americans, 1 ACC titles
2015-16 15th DNS DNS First ACC Cross Country title since 1982
2016-17 DNQ DNQ DNS Bohan earned Outdoor All-American (second team)
Mulhern earned USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region  
Note: DNQ - Team did not qualify - DNS - Team did not score

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