Erin Howarth enters her third year at the University of New Mexico, coaching cross country, distance and middle distance runners. Howarth, a former distance standout at Butler University, spent two years on head coach Joe Franklin's staff at her alma mater before joining him at New Mexico in the summer of 2007.
In her first cross country season at New Mexico Howarth helped senior Jeremy Johnson win the Mountain West Conference men's title and finish 20th to earn All-America honors in his NCAA Cross Country Championship debut. The Lobo men turned in their best ever MWC performance, finishing second with a score of 51 - the team's best at a conference meet since 1965. UNM also had a program-best four runners earn all-MWC honors on the men's side.
The women's team, meanwhile, notched its third consecutive top three finish at the MWC Championships and placed all five scoring runners among the top-30 at the conference meet for the first time since 1986. Junior Michelle Corrigan gave the Lobos a first team all-MWC runner for a program record fifth straight season. UNM also opened the season with their first Lobo Invitational victory since the home meet moved to campus in 2000.
New Mexico turned in one of the best cross country seasons in women's program history in 2008. UNM won its first conference title, edging BYU 31-33 in the closest Women's Championship meet in MWC history. The Lobos set program records with three first team all-conference runners and five total all-conference honorees.
New Mexico went on to finish second at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships and placed a school record six women on the all-region team en route to a 70-point score - the team's lowest since 1981.
A week later, junior Nicky Archer (56th) led the Lobos to an 18th place finish at NCAA Championships in their first trip to the national meet since 1985.
The men's team, meanwhile, was nationally ranked throughout much of 2008 and capped the year with a fourth place finish at the Mountain Region Championships with a program record score of 93. A record four Lobos earned all-region honors.
UNM finished third in the MWC - just two points out of second - and had three men earn all-conference honors (one first team, two second team).
The 2008 track campaign opened with a successful winter as Howarth helped Corrigan and Lee Emanuel set school records in the women's 5,000 and men's mile, respectively. Emanuel went on to earn all-MWC honors in the mile and led the UNM distance medley relay team to a silver medal performance at the MWC Championships. Corrigan (5K), Emanuel (mile) and Mat Ashton (5K) all recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times during the winter.
The 2008 outdoor track season was one of the best in recent history for the Lobo distance and middle distance runners. Johnson (10,000m), Ashton (10,000m) and Emanuel (1,500m) advanced to NCAA Championship meet with Johnson earning All-America honors (7th). Ashton, meanwhile, was 10th in the 10K as New Mexico joined Arkansas as the only programs to place two runners in the top-10 in the event. Emanuel (16th) was the first Lobo since 1979 to qualify in the 1,500.
Four runners qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet, including school record holder Kara Henry, who became the first UNM woman to compete in the 3,000m steeplechase at the regional meet. Emanuel also became the first Lobo to record a qualifying mark in the 800m.
The UNM distance and middle distance runners combined for three medals at the MWC Championships, including Emanuel's victory in the 1,500 - the first by a Lobo since 1986.
While coaching at Butler, Howarth helped Franklin lead the powerful Bulldog distance corps to NCAA Cross Country Championship appearances in 2005 (men and women) and 2006 (men). The Bulldogs also swept the Horizon League cross country titles both years.
On the track, Howarth helped Butler's Scott Overall earn All-America honors in the mile run at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships - his third NCAA Championship appearance in Howarth's tenure.
Prior to joining the Butler staff, Howarth was the coach of the Running Company Mini-Marathon training program from 2001-05 and coach of the Strides for Hope Marathon training program from 2003-04. She also served as a volunteer assistant for various high school track and cross country programs in the Indianapolis area.
Howarth enjoyed a stellar career at Butler. She held the school's outdoor 5,000-meter record from 1999-2005 and earned first team all-conference honors all four years in cross country under Franklin's tutelage. After her collegiate career, she moved up to marathon competition and holds a personal best of 2:57 in the event.
A native of New Lenox, Ill., Howarth earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Butler University in 2000.
Formerly Erin Kelly, she married Paul Howarth in December of 2005. The couple are expecting their first child this spring.
THE ERIN HOWARTH FILEAlma Mater: Butler `00
Collegiate Athletic Experience: Butler (distance - 1996-99)
All-Americans Coached (8):
2005-07: Assistant Coach (M&W cross country/distance), Butler
2001-05: marathon training program coach, high school volunteer coach