Director of Track & Field/Cross Country
Miami University Director of Athletics David Sayler tabbed Tom Chorny as the new Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in 2016.
Chorny, who was an assistant coach for the men’s distance runners in his first year in Oxford, will lead the RedHawks as they move forward under the combined model adopted prior to the 2015-16 season.
“We are pleased to have Tom leading the track and field and cross country programs,” Sayler said. “His expert knowledge as an elite student-athlete brought him to Miami to begin with, but his immediate impact working with the team in his first year gave us the utmost confidence in his ability to achieve our goal of Graduating Champions. We look forward to the combined program continuing to make strides forward in the coming years.”
Over his time at Miami, Chorny has helped the RedHawks’ cross country program make monumental improvements, bringing them to the verge of their Mid-American conference title since 1998. MU made a four-spot improvement in the standings to finish third in 2015, his first year with the program, and finished runner-up at the conference meets in each of the past two seasons. The women also experienced breakthroughs on the course, moving up to third in the MAC standings in 2017 while individuals Joe Stewart (2015) and Maria Scavuzzo (2016) have each represented the Red & White at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Scavuzzo later claimed a MAC title in the 10,000m by shattering the school and MAC record at the 2017 MAC Outdoor Championships.
On the track, Chorny has helped the men’s program take fifth in the MAC standings at the outdoor meet in three-straight seasons after it had finished dead last in seven of the previous eight campaigns. For the women, the RedHawks vaulted up the MAC standings to fifth in 2017, their highest outdoor finish since the 2013 campaign. In two seasons guiding the Red & White, four student-athletes have advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, with Andrew Dusing’s sixth-place finish in the 1500m in 2017 representing the first time the men have had a first-team All-American since the 2005 season. Since then, he’s taken to developing the highly touted Torpy twins (Chris and Sean), as both won MAC titles as sophomores (Chris in the 1500m and Sean in the 800m) and qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminary in the 1500m, with Chris advancing to the national meet in 2018.
"I'm very honored to be given the opportunity to lead this program,” Chorny said. “I share a vision with the administration that we can do something very special here at Miami and I'm excited to build upon the outstanding recruiting class we have coming in this fall."
In an effort to bolster the Miami distance group, Tom Chorny joined the newly combined Miami track & field/cross country program as an assistant coach in 2015.
Chorny, a 1999 graduate of Indiana University, helped the Hoosiers in a volunteer coaching capacity from 2007-13. He helped mold three Big Ten champions, 23 NCAA Regional qualifiers and 11 All-Americans in the steeplechase during his coaching stint in Bloomington while also managing the Indiana Running Company.
A standout distance runner, Chorny enjoyed a competitive career filled with accolades at all levels of the sport. He was a four-time Michigan High School Athletic Association state champion and a 1994 Footlocker National Finalist at Fruitport High School. Collegiately, Chorny was a three-time All-American and continued his career professionally after graduation.
In the pro ranks, Chorny won the steeplechase at USA Track and Field Championships in 2001, earning a spot on Team USA at the World Championships and Goodwill Games that year. He achieved a world ranking as high as No. 35 in the steeplechase in 2002 and remained in the top 40 to 2004. He was also a member of the Nike Farm Team and Oregon Track Club from 2004-06.
Chorny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Indiana in 1999.