Mark Coogan is in his third year as an assistant cross country and distance track coach at MIT. Although he served as head coach at Phillips Exeter Academy for the four previous years, Coogan is widely known for a highly-distinguished career as a professional long-distance runner.
Representing the United States in the marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Coogan's accomplishments to the sport of distance running are exhaustive. He is an eight-time member of the U.S. world championship cross country team and earned a silver medal in the marathon at the 1995 Pan-American Games. A two-time bronze medalist at the United States Track and Field Championships, Coogan is also a three-time United States road race champion and was the first Massachusetts resident to break the four-minute mile. While at Phillips Exeter Academy, Coogan led the boy's cross country team to three New England prep school team championships.
MIT marks Coogan's second collegiate stint as he also served as assistant coach for the men's cross country program at Brown University from 1991-92. In 2005, Coogan worked with American distance runners as a coach for the U.S. National Team.