Track and Field/Cross Country 1978-79, 1990-2015
A member of the Bemidji State Athletics staff for a total of 28 seasons between 1977 and 2015, Craig Hougen will forever be linked to BSU’s track and field and cross country programs. The six-time NSIC Coach of the Year guided Bemidji State to a pair of team conference championships, five individual event national championships, 30 All-American awards, six academic All-America picks and nearly 400 all-conference performances, while his teams and team members were regularly honored for academic success by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.
A native of Bismarck, N.D, Hougen began his Beaver Athletics career as a graduate assistant from 1977-79 and returned to BSU in 1989 to work as an assistant on the BSU football staff (1989-96) and served as the head men’s track and field coach. Hougen became the head coach of the women’s track and field team in 1993 and the cross country team in 1998.
Prior to his time at Bemidji State, Hougen spent 10 years coaching boy’s and girl’s track and field, football and basketball at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyo.