Titans' Track & Field Coach Powers Up For Weightlifting Competition

Mary Theisen-Lappen coached five UW-Oshkosh throwers to a berth in the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Mary Theisen-Lappen coached five UW-Oshkosh throwers to a berth in the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Coach and weightlifter.
 
When UW-Oshkosh track & field assistant coach Mary Theisen-Lappen isn’t coaching her student-athletes, she is putting in the hours training herself as a professional weightlifter.
 
The dedication she shows has helped empower and inspire her athletes.
 
Theisen-Lappen will compete Oct. 26 at the Mid American Weightlifting Championships in St. Charles, Ill., and Dec. 5-8 at the American Open Finals in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
Theisen-Lappen recently concluded her third season as the full-time throws coach for the UW-Oshkosh men's and women's track & field programs. She was UW-Oshkosh’s interim head men’s and women’s track & field coach during the 2016-17 season.

Theisen-Lappen, an Eau Claire Regis High School graduate, began her collegiate career at NCAA Division II Winona State University (Minn.). She totaled five All-America awards for the Warriors, including one with her first-place effort in the discus at the 2011 national outdoor championship. In 2011, Theisen-Lappen was named the Central Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Following three seasons at Winona State University, Theisen-Lappen transferred to NCAA Division I Indiana State University. She earned three All-America citations for the Sycamores during the 2014 season and was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship. Theisen-Lappen concluded her collegiate career by placing ninth in the shot put at the USA Outdoor Championship.

 
 
Written by Liz Smith, UW-Oshkosh University Marketing & Communications