T.J. Garlatz is in his seventh season as an assistant coach with Alaska Anchorage’s cross country and track & field programs in 2013-14. In addition to his coaching duties with the Seawolves, Garlatz serves as an assistant for compliance.
Last spring, the Seawolves recorded their best team result at the NCAAs with the women’s team taking a program-best seventh and the men finishing 16th. Combined, the Seawolves furnished seven All-America honors, including a NCAA champion in Cody Parker.
In 2012, the men’s cross country team posted a program-best third-place team finish, while the women placed sixth, producing a combined four All-Americans. Both squads also raced to GNAC titles for the third and fourth consecutive seasons. In the spring, the Seawolves made their indoor debut with 10 All-America honors, before furnishing seven at the outdoor championships.
The 2011 season mirrored 2010 as Garlatz helped UAA sweep both the men’s and women’s West Region and GNAC Championships in cross country, while producing four All-Americans at the NCAA Cross Country Championships – the women’s team finished sixth, while the men’s team was eighth. In the spring of 2012, Garlatz helped produce eight All-Americans at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, while both squads recorded their highest team finishes.
In 2009-10, Garlatz helped the women’s cross country team to its first-ever GNAC and West Region titles, while producing a combined three All-Americans at the NCAAs and a team-best 5th-place finish. During the track & field season, the Seawolves recorded nine conference titles and sent a combined nine athletes to Nationals. For his work, Garlatz was honored with the USTFCCCA West Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2010 outdoor season.
In 2008-09, Garlatz helped lead both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to the NCAA Championships and produced three All-Americans. The track & field season was highlighted by a program-best 10 UAA athletes qualifying for the National meet, where the Seawolves captured five All-America awards.
During his first season with UAA in 2007-08, Garlatz helped guide the men’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the GNAC Championships and a fifth-place result at the NCAA West Regional. He helped oversee both the men’s and women’s track squads to program-best finishes at the conference championship meet.
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.