Blaine Maag will be beginning his third year as head coach with the Oilers track and field program during the 2019-20 campaign after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at UF.
Since taking over the program, Maag has coached his athletes to 14 all-American awards in the indoor/outdoor season including four national chamions and two NCAA DII records. At the conference level, Maag has coached 22 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) champions.
In just his first year as an assistant, Maag was named by the USTFCCCA as the Division II Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He coached his throwers to a total of 12 all-American awards in the indoor/outdoor seasons including one athlete who was a National Champion.
Maag graduated in 2010 from Ashland University where he was a member of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship teams and was twice named all-American.
From Ashland, Maag landed here in Findlay where he was a graduate assistant for one full season. In that one year, he coached seven national meet qualifiers and three all-Americans. One of those all-Americans was Derrick Vicars, whom Maag replaced on the coaching staff.
After his first stint in Findlay, Maag went north to Allendale where he was a throws coach at Grand Valley State University for two seasons. As a Laker, he coached 35 national meet qualifiers, 20 NCAA Division II all-Americans, and seven national champions. Thanks in large part to the throwing events, the Grand Valley State women’s team was able to capture both indoor and outdoor team national championships in 2012. The following year, Maag was named the 2013 men’s indoor and women’s outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
East Lansing was Maag’s next stop as he made his mark with the Michigan State Spartan track and field team in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. At MSU, he coached one Big Ten Freshman of the Year, four Big Ten champions, and two athletes who broke Big Ten Championship records. He also oversaw 14 NCAA DI all-Americans including three who were named first team.