Russ De Lap is in his 14th season as head coach of the CUW men's and women's cross country programs in 2019. De Lap has posted a successful run with the Falcons, while also serving as the head track & field coach since the 2010-11 season.
The 2018 Falcons saw their best performance at the NACC Championships on the men's side since 2011. Wesley Schiek was named the NACC Runner of the Year and NACC Freshman of the Year. The women fnished in fourth place.
De Lap captured his seventh NACC Championship in 2017, coaching the women's team to a league title. The Falcons had five runners finish in the top 15, all five earning All-NACC recognition en route to the Falcons first team title since 2011. De Lap was also named the NACC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading his team to the conference championship.
In addition to his long list of accolades as a coach, De Lap is an accomplished runner who continues to set records on a national level. In December 2016, De Lap set five American records at the Desert Solstice event. He holds records for the Male 60-64 age division in 20K, 25K, 30K, Two Hour, and 20-mile. His running history also includes a 2013 100-mile National Champion (55-59), multiple Marathon championships. De Lap then set five American records in the 60-64 Division in December of 2018, setting new records in the 20K, 25K, 30K, Two Hour, and 20-Mile.
As a runner, De Lap has logged over 150,000 miles and competes in races from distances ranging from one mile to 100 miles. He has captured multiple medals, including a silver in the 100K National Championships in 2007 and a bronze at the 2012 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field National Championships.
De Lap has coached the Falcons to seven conference championships since the 2006 season, five of those coming on the women's side. In both 2010 and 2011, he guided the Falcons to a NACC sweep, capturing championships on both the men's and women's side. In addition, he has been named the league's Coach of the Year six times.
In 2011, De Lap coached both the men's and women's cross country teams to Northern Athletics Conference Championships. The men's team won the title with 63 points, while the women's team, placed four runners in the top-11 and took the championship with 49 points. The title was the third straight for the women's program and second consecutive for the men.
In 2015, De Lap helped coach the women's team to its best Regional finish in program history. The Falcons were 10th at the always-challenging Midwest Regional, placing three runners in the top 60. Included in that was Marya Haegler, who earned All-Region status with her 20th-place finish.
De Lap once again coached an All-Region runner in 2016 as Nora Imperl had an impressive season under his guidance. Imperl was one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championships. De Lap also guided the Falcons women's team to a third-place finish at the NACC Championships in 2016, while the men placed fourth. A De Lap coached cross country team has never finished lower than fourth at the conference championships.
De Lap also coached two All-NACC runners on the women's side in 2016 as Imperl ran to All-Conference recognition for the third straight year, while Ashley Scheel was honored as an All-NACC runner for the fourth-consecutive season.
CUW was again in the top four of the conference for both teams in 2015, with the men finishing in fourth place and the women taking third. The women had four runners earn All-NACC status in 2015, all finishing inside the top 15 at the NACC Indoor Championships.
The Falcons cross country programs also completed the sweep in 2010 under De Lap. That year, CUW had Andy Ashenden win his second consecutive individual championship at the conference meet.
In 2012 the Falcons women's team placed third, while the men's team came in fourth place at the conference championships. The Falcons had nine runners earn All-NAC recognition at the 2012 championships.
De Lap guided the Men's team to another fourth place finish in 2013, which included Andrew Coop and Dayton Lueck earning All-NACC honors with their top-15 finishes. De Lap has led the Falcons to at least a top-four finish in each of the past five seasons. He has also coached 11 runners to First Team All-NACC honors during that span.
He started his coaching career with the Falcons in 2006 and helped the Falcons women's team to a league title in 2007. He won his first NACC Coach of the Year honors in 2007, an award he has captured five more times since in cross country.
De Lap is a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in physical education and Internship in athletic training. He is also a 1998 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a Master's Degree in business administration in health care.
De Lap is NATA Board Certified and a State Licensed Athletic Trainer, along with having a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He also is a USATF Level 2 Certified Coach with an Endurance Specialization.
Men's Cross Country NACC History Under Coach De Lap
|2006||2nd of 10 (57 points)|
|2007||2nd of 12 (76 points)|
|2008||3rd of 11 (72 points)|
|2009||2nd of 11 (50 points)|
|2010||1st of 10 (67 points)|
|2011||1st of 10 (63 points)|
|2012||4th of 10 (94 points)|
|2013||4th of 9 (94 points)|
|2014||4th of 10 (96 points)|
|2015||4th of 10 (92 points)|
|2016||4th of 11 (118 points)|
|2017||6th of 11 (153 points)|
|2018||3rd of 11 (91 points)|
Women's Cross Country NACC History Under Coach De Lap
|2006||2nd of 11 (45 points)|
|2007||1st of 13 (47 points)|
|2008||2nd of 12 (92 points)|
|2009||1st of 12 (67 points)|
|2010||1st of 11 (51 points)|
|2011||1st of 11 (49 points)|
|2012||3rd of 11 (97 points)|
|2013||3rd of 10 (95 points)|
|2014||2nd of 11 (66 points)|
|2015||3rd of 12 (58 points)|
|2016||3rd of 13 (69 points)|
|2017||1st of 13 (40 points)|
|2018||4th of 11 (92 points)|