Mary Houchin enters her first season as Director of Operations with the Blazer track & field program. Last season, Houchin was a volunteer assistant coach, primarily assisting the distance runners. Houchin also assists the cross country program.
Houchin currently competes for Brooks and has earned roster spots on three Team USA international squads. She competed at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya as a member of Team USA, which finished eighth overall.
Houchin was a volunteer assistant with the cross country and track & field teams at McNeese State from 2005-06 and prior to that, was a volunteer assistant at Butler from 2003-05.
Houchin was a two-time NCAA Cross Country National Championship qualifier at Arizona State. In 2000, she placed third at the NCAA Cross Country West Regional. In track, she qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events. She still ranks fourth on Arizona State's all-time list in the indoor 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter.
Houchin graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2001. She is married to UAB head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach, Tony Houchin.