ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The University of Alaska Anchorage has announced that TJ Garlatz has been promoted to Associate Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country. He will continue to serve as an assistant coach for men’s and women’s indoor and out outdoor track & field and as a compliance assistant.
“I am very appreciative of all of the opportunities that have been given to me at UAA,” said Garlatz. “I'm very proud of the program that Coach (Michael) Friess, Coach Ryan (McWilliams), and I have been able to build. This promotion is strong acknowledgement of what we have all worked so hard to accomplish, and I look forward to continuing to mentor the next great group of Seawolf track and cross country student-athletes.”
“I'm very excited about this positive advancement for Coach TJ,” said Michael Friess, Associate Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning and Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. “He has certainly demonstrated the professionalism and achievement necessary to warrant this responsibility. Empowering our coaches is something that I feel strongly about. These added responsibilities have more to do with what we desire to accomplish rather than what we have already accomplished, and I look forward to working with Coach TJ and with Coach Ryan to continue to move our programs forward.”
Since joining UAA in 2007, Garlatz has helped the cross country program produce two NCAA champions, 40 All-American performances, 15 individual conference champions and 82 all-conference certificates.
In track & field, Garlatz has helped coach six NCAA individual champions, 111 All-American finishes and 181 GNAC individual wins. Nationally, Garlatz has sent multiple athletes to the championship meet. A program-record 14 Seawolves competed at the Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2017. 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.