Freshman Bryce Robinson snares a sixth-place showing in the 60-meter dash, while senior Chris O'Hare is seventh in mile
Senior Chris O'Hare qualifies for his third-straight indoor championships in the mile, while freshman Bryce Robinson will make his NCAA Championship debut in the 60-meter dash
of the 800 and mile
The Tulsa men's distance group propels the squad into second place after five events, while Bryce Robinson and Chase Sammons break school records
After breaking the collegiate record in the mile, senior Chris O'Hare earns national accolades
Steve Gulley is in his 15th season as head track & field and cross-country coach at The University of Tulsa. During his tenure, Gulley has built one of the top programs in Conference USA, while moving the Tulsa men's cross-country team into one of the nation's top teams.
Gulley has coached 10 Tulsa teams to conference championships, while earning conference Coach of the Year accolades eight times. The Tulsa men's cross-country team has won six league titles, including five Conference USA crowns and one in the Western Athletic Conference. Gulley has led the women's cross-country team to three conference championships, including two C-USA crowns and one in the WAC. The men's indoor track team also claimed the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championship.
Under Gulley's guidance, the Golden Hurricane has qualified 47 student-athletes for the NCAA Championships and garnered 20 All-America honors during that time. These honors have come from Fride Vullum in the 5,000 meters (2001), Charlotte Sanderson in the 10,000 meters (2001), Shana Robinson in the 200 meters (2003), Melanie Hardy in the 800 meters (2005), Alex Becker in cross country (2007), the 3,000 meters (2007), the 5,000 meters (2007, 2009, 2010), and the 10,000 meters (2009), John Beattie in cross country (2008), Mark Davidson in the mile run (2009), Chris O'Hare in the mile run (2011, 2012) the 1,500 meters (2011), cross country (2012), and one-mile (2013), Bryce Robinson in the 60-meter dash (2013), Paula Whiting in the 5,000 meters (2011) and Carl Stones in the steeplechase (2012).
O'Hare became Tulsa's first national champion when he won the mile run at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship.
During his tenure, Gulley has coached 66 individual conference champions, combining the WAC and C-USA, and helped four athletes qualify to represent their countries at the World Championships.
In the fall of 2013, Tulsa won C-USA Cross-Country Championships for both the men and women, while the men's team won the league title for the fourth consecutive season and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. O'Hare was named the C-USA Outstanding Senior of the Meet and won the NCAA Midwest Regional.
In 2012-13, the Hurricane men's team won the C-USA Cross Country title and finished seventh at the NCAA Championship, while the men also placed second at the C-USA Indoor Track Championships. O'Hare, in the mile run, and sophomore Bryce Robinson, in the 60-meter dash, earned All-America status during the indoor season. O'Hare placed seventh and Robinson finished sixth at the NCAA Championships. During the outdoor campaign, the Tulsa men claimed a third-place performance at the C-USA Championships.
The 2011-12 campaign was a banner year as the cross-country team brought home a second straight C-USA title, while the men's track & field squad won its first C-USA Indoor Championship after finishing as runner-up the previous two indoor seasons. O'Hare became Tulsa's first NCAA National Champion as he won the mile crown at the NCAA meet. Carl Stones earned All-America status in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season. Tulsa athletes won 12 individual track & field C-USA champions.
A year earlier in 2010-11, the 2010 cross-country season saw both the men's and women's programs capture conference championships, it was the first C-USA title for the women and the second for the men's team. The women also qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.
O'Hare finished runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in the mile and placed 13th in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to garner two All-America honors. O'Hare was also named the C-USA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Paula Whiting closed out her track career with an All-America performance in the 5,000 meters during the NCAA outdoor championships.
During the 2010 track campaign, the Hurricane had one All-American, sent three individuals to the NCAA Championships and captured 11 individual C-USA titles. Alex Becker earned her sixth All-America honor with her fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Justin Duncan and Paula Whiting each qualified for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while Duncan finished 10th in the 10,000 meters and Whiting placed 15th in the 5,000 meters.
In the 2008-09 season, Tulsa produced three All-Americans and eight individual C-USA champions in track, as Gulley sent total of seven athletes to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Mark Davidson participated in the mile run and Jennifer Mace ran in the 400 meters at the indoor championships. Becker (5,000 and 10,000 meters), Jennifer Mace (400 meters), April Montgomery (400-meter hurdles), John Beattie (10,000 meters) and Justin Duncan (1,500 meters) all represented Tulsa at the outdoor championships.
Beattie won the conference championship in the 5,000 meters during the indoor season and the 10,000 meters during the outdoor campaign. Davidson was the C-USA champion in the mile and the indoor 3,000 meters. Becker (outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters) and Davidson (mile run) earned All-America honors in 2009. Becker placed fifth in the 10,000 and sixth in the 5,000, while Davidson turned in an eighth-place finish.
The 2008 men's cross country team set several school records, while winning its first C-USA title and placing 13th at the NCAA Championships. Beattie became the first male cross-country athlete to earn All-America status after finishing 29th at the national meet. The men's team achieved a USTFCCCA national ranking of No. 15 and was nationally-ranked for seven consecutive weeks.
Beattie won the 2008 C-USA Cross Country Men's Individual Championship and was named the C-USA Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. The Hurricane placed a total of 11 athletes on the men's and women's all-C-USA teams.
In the 2007-08 campaign, Tulsa garnered five individual C-USA champions, qualified two athletes for the NCAA Championships and had two runners compete in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Davidson won the C-USA Indoor Championship in the 3,000 meters and the outdoor title in the 1,500. Davidson also ran in 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing in 14th place. Lewis Timmins won the conference indoor title in the mile run. Becker captured the C-USA Indoor Championship in the 3,000 with a league record time of 9:30.44, and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, but did not run due to injury. Becker along with Beattie ran at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships representing Canada and Great Britain, respectively.
The 2007 men's cross country team earned the first team berth in school history to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Becker was named 2007 C-USA Female Athlete of the Year and John Beattie earned C-USA Newcomer of the Year accolades. The women's cross country team also earned its highest finish in school history at the 2007 NCAA Midwest Regional, while Becker earned the school's first cross-country All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
It didn't take Gulley long to see the direction the Hurricane cross-country and track & field teams were headed upon his arrival in 2000. The Tulsa women captured the school's first conference championship in 2001, and the men followed that with a WAC team title in 2003.
Gulley came to Tulsa from Baylor University where he served as head cross country coach, and assistant track and field coach.
In 12 seasons (1988-2000) as the head coach for cross-country, Gulley produced one of Baylor's most successful athletic programs. His teams won six conference titles, made seven NCAA Championship appearances, had seven individual league champions, made seven NCAA Cross Country Championship team appearances and had 18 All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans. He was named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year eight times and the District VI Coach of the Year once. Gulley was the first coach in SWC history to win both the men's and women's cross country titles in the same year (1992).
Of the women's seven NCAA championship team appearances, their best came in 1998 with an eighth-place finish. His teams also placed 10th (1991), 17th (1992), 18th (1990 and 1992) and 22nd (1989 and 1994) nationally. Gulley was named Southwest Conference Women's Coach of the Year five consecutive times (1989-93) and again in 1995. He received the same honor on the men's side in 1992 and 1994.
On the track & field side, Gulley helped in the development of 79 All-Americans, including 50 male All-Americans and 29 female All-Americans. He coached 14 top-10 finishers at the NCAA Championships on the men's side with two more top-10 finishers on the women's side. There were three times that Gulley coached three-sport All-Americans in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track & field.
Gulley arrived at Baylor as a graduate assistant coach in 1985 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in Education from Northeastern State (Okla.) University and earning three letters on the NSU track team.
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