Health, Wellness, and Sport Faculty
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor
MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College
Office Phone: 563.589.3402
Office Location: 315 Smith Hall
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing
PhD, University of Florida
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
BS, University of Dubuque
Office Phone: 563.589.3860
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
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Chad Gunnelson, the 2017 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year and USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year, embarks on his seventh season leading the track & field and cross country programs here at UD. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Along with his 2017 honors, Gunnelson was also recognized in 2013 as both IIAC Men's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year and UD Staff Member of the Year.
In 2017, the Spartans men's track and field team claimed their first Iowa Conference Indoor Championship and the first track title in over 50 years. It was the school's 12th league title and first since 1961 in track and field. The Spartan women also posted their best point total at the IIAC Outdoor Championships. At the national level, both the men's and women's teams achieved their highest ever NCAA ranking in 2017, the men ranked 18th and women were 22nd.
Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 32 NCAA qualifiers, earning 16 All-American honors and 2 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014 and Tanasha Atwater, Outdoor Shot Put, 2017). The Spartans have also had 68 IIAC Champions and 233 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 63 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fifth straight year.
The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth and eighth consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson including NCAA All-American Alec Bass (30th, 2016) and national qualifier Fabiola Ortiz (45th, 2016).
Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state meet, including a state champion.
Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area and trained youth, high school, college, and professional athletes along with Olympians.
Coach Gunnelson is actively involved in the sport beyond coaching. He serves as the central region representative on the USTFCCCA Division III track & field committee and as the IIAC coaches' chairperson. Gunnelson has spoken at high school clinichs and the USTFCCCA National Convention. He currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is certified in the Functional Movement Screen.
Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.
Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Coordinator of Intramural Sports
BA, University of Dubuque
Office Phone: 563.589.3845
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
JD, University of Mississippi
MS, University of Southern Mississippi
BS and BA, University of Southern Mississippi
Office Phone: 563.589.3556
Office Location: 302 Smith Hall
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
PhD, Iowa State University
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport
BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College
Office Phone: 563.589.3232
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall