Much like Head Coach Louie Quintana, Jeremy Rasmussen has moved up the rungs of the coaching ladder at Arizona State University, entering the 2006 season as the team's assistant coach. A former student-athlete in the Sun Devil program, Rasmussen was eleveated to his current position after he served as a graduate assistant each of the last two seasons and as a volunteer coach during the 2003-04 season.
In his newest role with the program, Rasmussen will continue to work with the student-athletes on the cross country and track & field rosters while also assisting with administrative duties for the program. He also will serve as the Director of Fundraising for the program which will include the `Devils on the Track' club.
As a member of the staff, Rasmussen has helped the Sun Devil distance program become one of the elite teams in the nation. In his time with the program, the women's cross country team has finished second in the Pac-10, set the school record for low points at the meet three times and finish fourth in the nation (2005). The men also have fared well, making the NCAA Championship field each of the last two seasons.
A star in the steeplechase on the track as a student-athlete, Rasmussen has worked with several of the top steeplers in the nation over the recent years, including Aaron Aguayo, the reigning three-time champion, and women's champions Amy Hastings, Anna Masinelli and Brooke Bennett. Prior to the 2006 cross country season, he also worked with former teammate Lisa (Aguilera) Galaviz as she won the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2006 USA Track & Field Championships.
Prior to his coaching and administrative duties, Rasmussen starred for the Sun Devils in both cross country and track and field. The 2000 Pac-10 Conference Champion in the 3,000m steeplechase and runner-up in both 2001 and 2002, Rasmussen helped the 2001 ASU men break the 100-point barrier at the conference competition for the first time in program history. Also in 2001, Rasmussen was ranked among the Top 45 steeplechase athletes in the nation, sitting 43rd overall. He nearly broke the Top 50 one year prior, ranking 56th in the national standings.
In cross country, he assisted the men's team in making history as the 1999 squad advanced to its first NCAA appearance where it placed 14th. That same year, the men also set the school record for fewest points at the regional meet and the second-best total in the conference meet.
A native of Minnesota and graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz., Rasmussen earned his bachelor's degree in computer information systems from ASU in 2003. Currently working toward his Master's in Higher Education, Rasmussen recently attained his USA Track and Field Level 2 coaching certificate.