Bryan Fetzer was hired as Virginia’s director of track and field/cross county in December 2011 after two years at Harvard as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Over his first four seasons in charge of the Cavalier program, the team has continued to rise to new heights. In 2014-15, the Virginia men were one of three schools nationally to finish in the top-25 at the NCAA Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing fifth in the USTFCCCA John McDonnell Program of the Year standings. The Cavalier men finished a program-best 17th at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, highlighted by three first-team All-Americans.
Fetzer’s impact on the Cavalier program was felt immediately as the women’s outdoor track and field team finished second at the 2012 ACC Championships, their highest finish since 1995. Later that season, the program sent 11 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships; the second most in school history and the highest amount since 1983. The Cavalier cross country programs have also shined since his arrival. The men’s cross country team won the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and finished 14th at the national meet. In 2013, both men’s and women’s cross country teams advanced to the NCAA Championships. The women’s team, which won the NCAA Southeast Regional, finished ninth, while the men’s team finished 13th. Both the men and women qualified for the NCAA Championships again in 2014, with the men capturing their second Southeast Regional title in three years.
Since he took over the helm of the Virginia program, the Cavaliers have produced 57 All-Americans, including 19 first-team honorees, 26 ACC Champions and broken 19 school records and 23 school freshman records. In 2014, Virginia had five ACC Champions at the outdoor meet.
Fetzer, who has had stops in the SEC and the Pac 12, helped the Crimson bring in the No. 5 men’s track and field recruiting class in 2011 according to Track and Field News. At Harvard, Fetzer coached the sprinters, the vertical jumpers and the multi-event athletes.
Prior to his time at Harvard, Fetzer spent three years as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, and helped guide the Bulldog’s men’s program to back-to-back 17th-place finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Under his tutelage, Bulldog student-athletes earned seven All-America honors and Marrissa Harris won the 2008 SEC title and a bronze medal at the NACAC U23 Championships in the heptathlon.
Before his time in Starkville, Miss., Fetzer spent three years as an assistant at California and helped the Golden Bear women earn their highest NCAA finishes in 2007, an eighth-place showing at the outdoor meet and 15th during the indoor season. His athletes broke 11 school records in the sprints and hurdles.
In 2003-04 Fetzer served as an assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at Ball State and in one year, guided three athletes to Mid-American Conference crowns and five qualified for the NCAA Championships.
From 1999-2003, Fetzer was the first director of track and field/cross country at Gardner-Webb and led the Runnin’ Bulldogs transition from Division II to Division I. Fetzer coached six NCAA national champions along with 12 All-Americans, including the 2000 IAAF world leader in the 55m, Julia O’Neal. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ women’s team produced a pair of top-five finishes at the NCAA National Championships in their only year at Division II and finished as the Atlantic Sun Conference runner-up in the school’s first year in Division I.
Fetzer began his career 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.