A Pacific Northwest native, Marcia Mecklenburg is now in her 19th season as head coach of Eastern's women's track and field program. She coaches Eastern's throwers.
Since Mecklenburg’s tenure began at EWU in the fall of 1995, her women’s team has had two All-Americans (Keisa Monterola 2012, Carolee Gutierrez 2007), 39 individual Big Sky Conference champions and 136 Big Sky All-Conference performers.
On the throws side, Mecklenburg has coached two NCAA All-Americans in the javelin -- Carolee Gutierrez in 2007 and Ryan Cole in 2001. She has also coached athletes to 10 NCAA Championship appearances. In addition, she has coached 29 individual Big Sky Conference champions and 91 Big Sky All-Conference performers.
Mecklenburg took over at EWU after nine seasons as an assistant at Washington State University. At WSU, she coached All-America athletes in the shot put, discus and javelin events, including the 1987 and 1988 NCAA discus champion.
Before joining the Cougar coaching staff in 1986, Mecklenburg was an assistant coach for five seasons at Montana State and also coached at Seattle Pacific. At MSU, she coached 11 all-conference athletes and a pair of national qualifiers.
Mecklenburg has extensive strength and conditioning coaching experience. She was an assistant coach for the United States at the 1997 Indoor World Championships.
Mecklenburg received her bachelor's degree from Seattle Pacific in 1979 and her master's degree from Montana State in 1991. She is a former state champion at Edmonds, Wash., High School, and competed four times in the AIAW National Championships in the shot put and discus while at SPU.
During the course of her competitive career, Mecklenburg also competed in three Olympic trials and made three U.S. teams. As a competitor in masters' competitions in the hammer throw, she set an American record for her age group at the Nike World Masters Championship in summer 1998.
Mecklenburg has a daughter, Echo.