T.J. Garlatz enters his 10th season as an assistant coach with Alaska Anchorage’s cross country and track & field programs in 2016-17. In addition to his coaching duties with the Seawolves, Garlatz serves as an assistant for compliance.
Since joining UAA in 2007, Garlatz has helped the cross country program produce one NCAA champion, 33 All-American performances, 12 individual conference champions and 69 all-conference certificates. Additionally, the men’s team has earned six straight conference titles while the women’s team posted five straight from 2009-13. Both teams have qualified for the NCAAs every year since 2008.
In track & field, Garlatz has helped coach six NCAA individual champions, 91 All-American finishes and 152 GNAC individual wins. Nationally, Garlatz has sent multiple athletes to the championship meet. A program-record 13 Seawolves competed at the Division II Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2016. In 2013 at the outdoor championships, the women’s team posted a program-best seventh-place finish, while the men’s team broke the top 10 in 2012, finishing ninth. For indoors, the Seawolves’ top finish is ninth (2016) for the women and tied for ninth (2014) for the men.
Garlatz was also honored in 2010 when he was named the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Garlatz came to the Seawolves after serving as an assistant coach at GNAC rival Western Washington for three seasons. While at WWU, Garlatz helped guide the Vikings to a conference title in men’s cross country (2006), two men’s indoor track & field conference championships (2005, 2006) and one GNAC title in men’s outdoor track & field (2005).
A postgraduate athlete at WWU, Garlatz competed in both cross country and track & field for one season, helping lead the Vikings to the 2003 GNAC cross country title. He also earned an individual conference championship in the 10,000-meter run at the 2003 outdoor track & field championships.
Prior to his coaching stint at WWU, Garlatz served as an assistant coach with the cross country and track & field programs at Inglemoor High School (Kenmore, Wash.) from Sept. 1998 to June 2003.
The former NCAA Division II Academic All-American earned a bachelor’s of arts in mathematics from the University of Washington in 2002 and a master’s of science in exercise Science from WWU in 2007. He and his wife Kristin were married in 2010 and have one young son.