Tim Springfield was named the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in June of 2013. He enters his fourth season on the Brown coaching staff and most recently served as the Interim Director of Track & Field/Cross Country during the 2012-13 campaign.
Springfield, who also serves as head coach of the men’s cross county team, led the Bears to several impressive team and individual performances during the 2012-13 season. Under Springfield’s direction, the men’s team finished third overall at the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which equaled the best outdoor team finish in program history. The men also finished fourth at the Ivy League Indoor Championships last season, the team’s highest finish since 2006.
Individually, Springfield and his staff coached the Bears to 12 school records between the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor seasons, including at least one record in every event group. The track & field team also posted a total of 58 top-ten performances on the Brown all-time list, a reflection of the staff’s remarkable impact on the program’s record book over the past year. Springfield has made an immediate impact to the distance program since his arrival in 2010. In 2011, the cross country team improved from eighth to fifth in the NCAA Northeast Region and eighth to fourth in the Ivy League. At the 2011 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, Brown had two runners earn first-team All-Ivy honors, equaling the best in the league.
In track, eight men’s distance runners have qualified for the first round of the NCAA Championships and two athletes have advanced to the NCAA National Championships. In 2012, Cross Country and Track All-American Dan Lowry broke a twenty-five-year-old school record in the 5000m, running 13:34.49 and qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials. In just three seasons, Springfield’s athletes placed 34 marks on the all-time Brown top-ten list, including 4 school records (1000m, 5000m, 4x800m, DMR).
Before coming to Brown, Springfield coached at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and at the University of Wisconsin.
At St. Thomas, Springfield had a hand in 53 conference team titles over a span of 13 years for men and women in cross country and track. His women's distance medley relay was the 2010 DIII National Champions, and his athletes established 32 school record performances in 11 middle- and long-distance events. He also coached 14 different middle- and long-distance runners to 45 All-American awards. For his efforts, Springfield was named the Division III National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Springfield also served as an Adjunct Professor of English at St. Thomas, teaching literature and writing.
Prior to his tenure at St. Thomas, Springfield was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, during which time the Badgers won six Big Ten Cross Country titles, two Big Ten Track titles, and one NCAA National title. Among the athletes Springfield helped recruit to Wisconsin were two eventual NCAA champions.
Springfield competed collegiately at the University of Virginia, where he was a cross country All-American and led his team to an ACC team title and a 5th place national finish. He also broke the Virginia school record in the indoor 5000m and was twice ACC runner-up. As a freshman at Virginia, he earned a spot on the USA Junior National Team and competed in the 1500m at the Junior Pan-American games in Venezuela.
He graduated with a degree in English Literature from Virginia and also holds a graduate degree in Literature from the University of Wisconsin. As a post-collegiate, he placed 6th in the US Cross Country Championships.
Springfield is married and lives with his wife Mary Heather Smith in Providence.