Michael Castel

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Operations Assistant/Women's Distance

Begins his second year at Florida State staff after two years as an assistant cross country/track & field coach at Highland (Kan.) Community College, where he worked with both the men and women in all aspects of the program. Works directly with FSU women’s cross country and distance coach Kelly Phillips in a wide range of areas, with a focus on identifying and recruiting future Noles.

Was instrumental in bringing in FSU’s 2019 class, which rates as one of the best in recent history. Also part of a staff which saw the Noles women return to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2018 for the first time since 2014. FSU’s women also won the 2019 ACC Outdoor title and placed 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

At Highland CC Castel was responsible for the development and implementation of training programs with the sprinters and jumpers, in addition to assisting the cross country program with training development. He also handled multiple operational duties, including budgeting, team travel, equipment purchases and scholarships, in addition to extensive recruiting duties. He also taught kinesiology. Highland produced two cross country All-Americans, 20 track & field All-Americans from 56 NJCAA national qualifiers and saw 32 school records fall.

Castel began his coaching career at Southern Illinois, serving as both a volunteer coach and track & field intern through the 2015-16 school year, handling a wide range of duties as assigned, including timing, pacing and developing mileage programs, meet management and on-campus recruiting duties.

As a collegiate student-athlete, Castel ran for FSU Director of Operations David Beauchem at both Southern Illinois (2014-15) and Western Illinois (2010-14), earning All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in cross country with the Salukis and contributing to a team title on the track outdoors. At Western Illinois he established school records for 3000 and 5000 on the track as well as the 8k cross country mark. He was a two-time all-conference cross country performer in the Summit League.

Castel is married to the former Cheyenne Clark. They are both from Moline, Ill.