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The 2012-13 season marks the fourth season for Mark Carroll as both the head cross country coach and assistant track and field/distance coach. During his tenure on The Plains, Carroll has coached three All-Americans, two NCAA Region Champions, seven SEC Champions, and 12 All-SEC honorees. With Carroll presiding, Auburn distance runners have set three school records, including two in 2011.
During the Fall of 2011, Carroll guided freshman Kane Grimster and senior Joby Peake to All-Region honors and the Auburn men's team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA South Regional. Additionally, Grimster was named an All-SEC performer and a member of the league's All-Freshman team.
In the spring of 2011, Ben Cheruiyot won the SEC Indoor 5000m championship and placed second in the 3000 meters under the tutelage of Carroll.
2010 featured three of Carroll's runners earning first team All-SEC honors after solid performances at the conference championships - highlighted by second place finishes from Cheruiyot and Holly Knight.
Additionally, both Cheruiyot and Knight advanced to the 2010 NCAA Championships.
In his first season with Tigers in 2009, Carroll tutored Felix Kiboiywo and Cheruioyt to All-American accolades as the men's team placed 25th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Auburn men also brought home two third-place finishes from the NCAA South Regional and SEC Championships, and Kiboiywo took medalist honors for the third time of his career at the NCAA South Regional.
With Carroll at the helm, the Auburn women finished in the Top 10 at five of their six meets for the 2009 season. Carroll led the Lady Tigers to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA South Regional and a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championships.
Prior to joining the Auburn staff, Carroll was the US Athlete Manager for Athletics Ireland, where he guided Gareth Turnbull, Mark Christie and Liam Reale to becoming one of the top Irish running trios in the nation while also training several other Irish runners stateside.
Before coaching Carroll was a world-class distance runner specializing in the 3,000 and 5,000-meters. As a 19-year old, the Cork, Ireland native, earned the first major title of his career, capturing the 1991 European Junior Title in the 5K in Thessalonika, Greece.
In 1998 he won bronze at the European Track & Field Championships held in Budapest. In 2000, he won the European Indoor 3K title. In that same year, Carroll posted the top mile time of his career (3:50.3) in Oslo, Norway.
Carroll is a four-time IAAF World Track and Field member, and holds the Irish-national record in the 3K (7:30.36), which he set in 1996, as well as the 5K (13:03.93) set in 1998. He also held the national record of 27:46.42 in the 10K that was set in 2000, a record that has since been broken.
He has participated in several marathons in the later stages of his career, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 2002 New York Marathon. His time of 2:10.54 sits only 61 seconds off of the Irish national record of 2:09.17.
Carroll was a member of the 2000 and 2004 Ireland Olympic Team. He competed in the 5K both years, and in 2000 just missed qualifying for the finals by one place.
During his collegiate days at Providence College, Carroll earned six All-American honors as well as seven Big East titles (cross country; 1,000 meters; 1,500 meters; 3,000 meters (twice); distance medley relay and 4 x 800 meters). His crowning achievement as a Friar came when he won an NCAA Indoor Championship title in the 5,000-meters.
Carroll holds a USTFCCCA level two coaching certificate that he acquired in 2008.
He married the former Amy Rudolph in October of 2005. Rudolph, an accomplished runner in her own right, is a two-time Olympian, as well as a U.S. Indoor Champion in the 3,000-meter run.