|Position:||Assistant Coach - Distance|
Uli Steidl enters his 11th year as assistant coach of the cross country and track & field teams, focusing on the distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. He has overseen multiple championship performances by cross country student-athletes and distance track & field members.
Steidl's previous coaching experiences came as assistant track and cross country coach at Edmonds-Woodway HS, where he was also teaching honors and IB/AP chemistry. He has been a coach/counselor at the White Pass Cross Country camp for the past 16 years and at the Falcon Cross Country camp from 2003-2005.
As a runner, Steidl excels in pretty much any distance running event. As a U-20 runner he was 3rd (1990) and a year later won the Mountain Running World Trophy. That same year he also ran for Germany in the U-20 races at the World Cross Country Championships and the European Junior Championships. After a year in the military he attended the University of Portland where he was a six-time NCAA qualifier. A 16th place finish at the 1996 NCAA DI Cross Country championships earned him an All American certificate and eventually "Student-Athlete of the Year" at the University of Portland.
After college Steidl became one of the top road runners in the Pacific Northwest and the dominant marathoner in Washington with 10 Seattle Marathon wins (1999 - 2006, 2012-2013), five Vancouver Marathon wins (2000 - 2004) and a still-standing Portland Marathon course record (2:17:21, 1997). He has run 14 sub-2:20h marathons so far. He has also won most ultramarathons (50k and 50 miles) he has entered and broke the course record in many of them. After a 12th place finish at the 2007 Boston Marathon he was named to the German Team for the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, where he finished 37th out of 85 starters in the marathon. He returned to the Boston Marathon in April 2012 and won the masters division with a time of 2:23.08, 15th overall and fifth among American men. After finishing third in the masters division at the 2013 Boston Marathon, he once again won the masters division at the 2014 Boston Marathon in 2:19:48, his first sub-2:20 marathon in five years.
PRs: 800m - 1:56.03; 1500m - 3:49.62; 3000m - 8:03.02; 3000m steeplechase - 9:08.5; 5000m - 14:04:81; 10000m - 28:50.14; 1/2 marathon - 1:05:58; marathon - 2:13:56.
Steidl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Portland, and both a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Masters degree in teaching from the University of Washington.