Marty Kinsey enters his fourth year as the head coach for men's and women's cross country and track & field in 2013-14. After steadily improving over his first three years, Kinsey continues to oversee the development of both men's and women's programs into serious West Coast Conference contenders.
On the men's side,the 2012 cross country team, again, rewrote the record book with major contributions from young athletes and seasoned veterans alike. New school records were set in the both the 8K (23:53) and 10K (30:10) distances by junior Rajpaul Pannu. Pannu received All-WCC First Team honors after placing 8th in the WCC Championships, a first for Saint Mary's since 2008, and USTFCCCA All-West Region after place 19th at the NCAA West Regional, also a first in Saint Mary's cross country history. Nick Ellingson broke both sophomore class records for 8K (24:48) and 10K (31:04) while Zach Hansen broke both of Ellingson's freshman class records (25:21/32:00). The team had record places at major invitationals, including 12th at the Stanford Invitational, 20th at the NCAA West Regional, and sixth at the WCC Championships. The sixth place finish at the WCC Championships was Saint Mary's best since 2000.
The 2011 men's cross country season saw huge gains from a large freshman class and steady improvement from upperclassmen. Sophomore Rajpaul Pannu reset the school 10K record (31:12) at the NCAA West Regional meet, placing 89th overall. The team placed seventh out of nine teams at the WCC Championships, marking the best team finish in nearly a decade. Nick Ellingson set a freshman school record for 10K at 32:52. On the track, the men set new school records in the 800m, 3K steeplechase, and 5K.
The 2010 men's cross country season featured a new 10K school record (31:54) as well as a seventh place finish in the WCC and 25th place at the NCAA West Region.
On the women's side, the 2012 cross country season was highlighted by the addition of multiple impact freshman and the steady improvement of upperclassmen. Sophomore Cristina Garcia made drastic improvements en route to two school records in the 5K (17:38) and 6K (21:36). Garcia’s record performance was also the fastest time in Saint Mary’s history at the NCAA West Regional meet. Freshmen Carina Novell and Katie Alioto burst onto the scene to take down Garcia’s freshmen records. Kinsey helped lead Novell to an 18:08 5K and Alioto to a 22:09 6K performance. The women placed eighth at the WCC Championships, the program’s best finish since 2006, and 27th at the NCAA West Regional, shattering the previous team time school record (22:29).
The 2011 cross country season saw a mix of experienced athletes excelling and young athletes growing. Freshman Cristina Garcia set new freshman class records for 5K (18:35) and 6K (22:34) while the team narrowly missed its previous school record for team time at the WCC Championships (23:29). On the track, Kinsey led the women’s team to another school record in the 3K steeplechase and saw nine of his 10 student-athletes set new personal bests
The 2010 cross country season saw Saint Mary's reach new heights under Kinsey's tutelage. On the women's side, Kinsey led the Gaels to four school records including the 5K (17:42), 6K (21:40), team time at the WCC Championships (23:19), and individual 6K at the WCC Championships (22:34). A young Gaels squad finished eighth in the WCC and 29th in the NCAA West Regional. On the track, the Gaels added four more women’s school records in the 5K, 3K steeplechase, 1500m, and 4x400m relay.
Kinsey’s student-athletes have produced the first NCAA All-Academic squads in ten years at Saint Mary’s when both the women’s cross country and track & field teams did so in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2013 both teams would earn the honor for track & field. His teams would also win highest team GPA in 2011 and 2012 among every other division one program at Saint Mary's.
His efforts have resulted in an increased recruiting base and a higher exposure across the Bay Area and beyond. He became the first full-time head coach in the program's history in 2010 after spending a year as the top assistant coach at Creighton University.
Kinsey graduated from Saint Mary's in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in History and was a three-time captain for the cross country program. He helped lead the Gaels to a second place finish at the West Coast Conference Championships as a junior in 1999, the school's best finish at the conference meet. He was also a member of the NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee on campus from 1999-2001.
Prior to working at Creighton, he served as an assistant track & field coach at his former school, Granada High School in Livermore, CA, where several of his runners went on to run at the collegiate level.
Kinsey is married to his wife Genevieve ('05), also a Saint Mary's alum, and together they have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Jacquelyn. Kinsey and his family reside in Moraga, Calif.