Tony Houchin, who was hired in January 2011, serves as an assistant coach with the track and field program, and is also the head coach for UAB's cross country program.
With his main concentration on the cross country team, Houchin also works with the distance runners during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Houchin was a vital part of Rhiannon John's and Elinor Kirk's distance success during the 2013 season. Under his direction, Kirk earned 26 points at the Conference USA Indoor Championship and was named high point scorer of the meet for her efforts. She claimed the 3000-meter run championship and broke both school and meet records for the event, contested Feb. 23-24, with a time of 9:23.36. She also finished second in the mile run with a time of 4:43.73, nearly two seconds under the previous meet record.
Kirk, along with Johns, both qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Kirk broker her own 5,000-meter mark which she held earlier the season to qualify for the championships, while Johns qualified for the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:36.72. Kirk finished 19th of 24 runners in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:25.62, while Johns finished 12th at the NCAA Championships.
Following their success on the track, Kirk and Johns earned USTFCCCA All-American distinction. Johns was named second-team All-American, while Kirk picked up honorable mention honors. Johns also earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team and the Conference USA All-Academic Track and Field Team.
While at UNLV, Houchin coached the Rebels' first-ever middle-distance Mountain West Conference champion in Charlotte Browning, who claimed the league's outdoor 1,500m title in 2007 and was named the MWC Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year. He also coached two All-MWC cross country athletes. During his tenure, his athletes added 41 marks to UNLV's Top 10 All-Time Performer Lists.
Prior to his time at UNLV, Houchin was the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams and assistant coach for the men's and women's track & field teams at McNeese State for the 2005-06 season. He coached one NCAA regional qualifier, two league champions and nine all-conference athletes.
Before arriving at McNeese State, Houchin served as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country and track & field programs at Butler from 2003-05. He helped lead the men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and coached All-American Olly Laws. He also assisted the women's cross country team to its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championships that season. In 2005, he coached Victoria Mitchell to the NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. During his two-year stint, Butler produced four conference champion cross country teams and four individual conference champions.
Houchin served as a graduate assistant for the men's cross country and track & field teams at Oklahoma State from 1999-2002. He coached middle-distance and distance athletes along with serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. During those four seasons, he coached four track & field NCAA qualifiers, three NCAA All-Americans and eight track & field conference champions.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1999. He is married to the former Mary Duerbeck, who serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the UAB cross country and track & field teams.