Chris Bostwick
Chris Bostwick

Position:
Assistant Coach - Jumps/Mulit-Events

Experience:
Seventh Season

Email:
bostwick@ath.msu.edu


03/13/2014

MSU Track & Field Sends Six to NCAA Indoor Championships

Spartans represented in six events against then nation's best in Albuquerque.

05/13/2012

O'Connor finds gold, Stacey earns bronze for MSU on Day 2

Multiple Spartans qualify for the finals on Sunday.

05/10/2012

Preview: 2012 Big Ten Track & Field Outdoor Championships

The Spartans will compete in Madison Friday through Sunday.

05/03/2012

Senior Profile: Logan Lynch

Lynch enjoys the thrills, risks, and intensity of the pole vault.

04/05/2012

Track Quotes: Week 7

MSUSpartans.com spoke with two first-place finishers at the Raleigh Relays.

2012 USTFCCCA ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR, GREAT LAKES REGION

Chris Bostwick by the Numbers:

ATHLETE HONORS

  • 13 NCAA All-Americans
  • 16 NCAA Finalists
  • 60 NCAA Regional Qualifiers
  • 4 NCAA Regional Champions
  • 41 Conference Champions (including 8 Big Ten Champions)
  • 101 All-Conference Honorees
  • 26 USATF National or Olympic Trials Qualifiers
  • 35 School Records

    One of the top jumps coaches in the country, Chris Bostwick has mentored NCAA All-Americans in all four jumping events since coming to Michigan State. He enters his seventh year with the Spartan track & field program, directing the jumps, pole vault, and multi-events. Bostwick, who was named the 2012 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year, also serves as the co-director for the USA Track and Field Coaches Education Program for the United States.

    Since 2006, Bostwick's athletes have won eight Big Ten Titles, earned All-American honors eight times, while making 32 individual appearances in NCAA competition. His athletes have also won an astonishing 21 medals at Big Ten Championship meets, while breaking seven all-time school records at Michigan State.

    The 2012 season was a banner year for the Michigan State jumps group, as Bostwick's pupils made 10 NCAA appearances. True freshman Tori Franklin highlighted the way with her third place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho. She smashed the school record by jumping 13.34m (43'9). Franklin completed her initial collegiate season by qualifying for the USA Olympic Trials as a true freshman. Becca Buchholtz also had a great senior campaign under Bostwick. She won her fourth Big Ten Championship in the high jump during her indoor campaign and finished a close second in the outdoor championships.

    The MSU jumps squad had a great 2011 season with 16 athletes scoring at the Big Ten Championships in the jumping events. Bostwick would advance eight athletes to NCAA competition, with two coming home with All-American honors. Freshman Ashley Stacey improved her long jump personal best by nearly a foot and in her first year, leaping 20'9 during the NCAA Regional Championships. She would go on to finish second in the long jump at the USA Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon and earn a berth to compete in the Pan-American Junior Championships. She would go on to win Silver in the Pan-Am international competition.

    Codi Mattix and Becca Buchholtz also had stellar seasons in 2011 for MSU. Mattix improved his personal best in the pole vault from 16'1 to 17'1, while earning NCAA All-America honors. Buchholtz, a seven time Big Ten medalist, won another Big Ten title in the high jump.

    The 2009 campaign was a successful one for Bostwick's jumpers, with athletes finishing in the top 4 in the Big Ten in all four jumping event areas, as well as Heptathlon and Decathlon. Five jumpers qualified for the NCAA Regionals, with one athlete advancing to the NCAA Nationals. Leading the way for the Spartans was Big Ten high jump Champion, Becca Buchholtz. With a personal best leap of 5'10 ½" at The Indoor Championships, Buchholtz became the first freshman in school history to win a Big Ten title. That mark also provisionally qualified her for the NCAA National Championships.

    During his time with the Spartans, Bostwick has coached the top two male triple jumpers in school history, Jonathan Allen and Kyron Foster. Bostwick was able to mold Foster into one of the finest jumpers in the Big Ten and the nation, adding more than five feet to his personal best during the past two seasons. Foster has posted a personal best triple jump of 52'8, while breaking both the indoor and outdoor school records. He earned a spot at the 2009 NCAA National Championships outdoors.

    Several other athletes excelled under Bostwick in 2009. Freshman Decathlete, Cliff Miller, became the second highest point scorer in MSU history in the indoor Heptathlon and outdoor Decathlon. He trails only 2004 Olympian, Paul Terek, on the Spartan all-time list. Miller finished 4th in the multi-event competition during the indoor and outdoor Conference Championships, while earning a spot at the NCAA Regional Championships in the high jump, following a six inch personal best (6' 11). Pole vaulters Katie Shaw (13' 1 ½"), Ashley Smith (12' 10"), and Logan Lynch (17' ¾") all qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, giving the team great depth in the event. All three have improved their personal bests by more than a foot since coming to MSU. Shaw qualified provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, with a 3rd place finish in the vault at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships.

    In 2008, Bostwick was able to develop a variety of student-athletes into some of the finest in the Big Ten. Two underclassmen, Logan Lynch and Kris Amos, showed enormous strides under the tutelage of Bostwick. Lynch placed fourth in the pole vault at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, while Kris Amos finished sixth in the high jump at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing as the top freshman in the event. He also coached Katie Shaw, who, throughout the year, emerged as one of the top pole vaulters in the conference, adding more than a foot to her personal-best while qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional and scoring at the Big Ten Championships.

    In his first season with the Spartans, Bostwick mentored two national qualifiers, a Big Ten Champion and three NCAA regional qualifiers. His top athlete was Jonathan Allen, who was an indoor national qualifier and an outdoor national finalist in the triple jump. The Big Ten outdoor runner-up in the triple jump, Allen, reset both the school's indoor and outdoor triple jump marks during his sophomore campaign. Allen moved the indoor school record to 15.90m (52ft-2in) with his performance at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, and he added a school-record leap of 15.87m (52ft-0.8in) at Penn State during the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

    Pole vaulter Mark Langlois and women's multi-event athlete Anna Coster also excelled under Bostwick's tutelage during the 2007 season. As a senior, Langlois won the indoor conference pole vault title, becoming only the third Spartan in program history to win a Big Ten indoor title in the event. He also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with his personal-best clearance of 15.21m (17ft-1in). On the women's side, Coster broke the pentathlon school record at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (3,806 points) while qualifying for the national meet, and she followed by breaking Michigan State's heptathlon school record (5,012 points) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

    Before joining the Michigan State staff, Bostwick spent four seasons as Miami's sprints, jumps and pole vault coach. Bostwick's athletes made four NCAA appearances, won two Mideast Regional titles, took home seven Mid-American Conference titles and set 11 school records, including seven of the eight Miami benchmarks in the jumps. During the 2006 season alone, Bostwick's athletes set school records in the pole vault, long jump, high jump and 60 meters. He also tutored NCAA provisional qualifiers in five events.

    Bostwick's top two pupils at Miami were Lashonda Davis and Sarah Landau, each two-time NCAA qualifiers. Davis won four MAC titles under Bostwick's guidance, including the 2006 outdoor long jump crown with a school-record leap of 6.40m (21ft-0in). With her jump, she became only the second athlete in conference history to hit the 21-foot mark (6.4m) in the long jump. Landau, meanwhile, swept the indoor and outdoor conference pole vault titles in 2006, won her second straight Mideast Regional pole vault title and finished 11th at the NCAA Championships. In two seasons working with Bostwick, Landau moved the Miami indoor vault record from 3.66m (12ft-0in) to 4.09m (13ft-5in) and upped the outdoor standard from 3.73m (12ft-3in) to 4.16m (13ft-7.8in). Also winning a MAC title under Bostwick in the 2006 season was Kristina Bolterstein, who took the indoor high jump crown with a school-record clearance of 1.78m (5ft-10in). During the 2005 track and field season, Davis reset the indoor (3.63m/20ft-10.5in) and outdoor (6.19m/20ft-3.8in) long jump records, won MAC silver medals in both, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Davis also excelled as a sprinter, winning MAC titles in the 60m indoors and the 100m outdoors. Landau joined Davis as an NCAA qualifier in the 2005 season, as she broke the Miami indoor 3.95m (12ft-11.5in) and outdoor 4.16m (13ft-7.8in) pole vault records and won the regional pole vault title. Landau went on to finish 11th at the national meet. In Bostwick's first season, school records fell in three different events, including the triple jump.

    Before joining the RedHawks' staff in 2002, Bostwick spent two years at Binghamton University (N.Y.) as assistant men's and women's track coach. In addition to his recruiting duties, Bostwick coached the sprinters, vertical jumps and horizontal jumps, along with the multi-event competitors. Over his final two years, Bostwick produced six conference champions, 18 all-conference athletes and five all-east selections.

    Bostwick is a Level III-certified track & field coach, which is the highest certification available from USA Track & Field. He has also earned a Level II certification in the sprints, hurdles, relays, and jumps. In addition, Bostwick serves as an Instructor in USATF's coaching education program. He has been a featured speaker at numerous camps and clinics throughout the country, covering the sprints and jumps.

    Bostwick graduated from Cortland State, where he served as a graduate assistant coach under head coach and world-renowned ex-psychologist, Dr. Jack Daniels. Bostwick has earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and coaching, and earned his masters in exercise and science and biomechanics.

    A member of the USA Track & Field (USATF) and the US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Bostwick maintains several coaching certifications.