Darren Gauson is in his fourth season at Butler University as the assistant coach of Cross Country and Track and Field. Along with assisting with the distance athletes and several administrative areas, Gauson coaches the sprint and hurdle groups. Gauson also coordinates recruiting for the program, having added several national-level recruits to the program over the last three years.
In 2008-09, Gauson’s first season at Butler, he helped the Bulldogs place 29th at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute. Andrew Baker earned All-American status with his 40th place finish at the championships.
Gauson helped Butler to its highest team finish at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 40th place finish. Steve Lisgo went on to place third at the championships and then take fourth at the European U23 Championships that summer.
Gauson has been important in the development of Butler’s first sub-four minute milers with Rob Mullet breaking the barrier in 2010 and achieving All-American status that season. Darren’s brother Kris broke the four-minute barrier in the 2011 indoor season. He then went on to rank third in the nation in the 1500 meters with his school record run of 3:40.59. Gauson was pivotal in the recruitment and development of Butler’s third female track All-American, Kirsty Legg, as she progressed to the NCAA finals in 2011.
Gauson has helped energize the sprint and hurdle program with his athletes breaking four school records in the last three years. Notable improvements and performances by Brent Sever, Alex Berry and Thomas Brueggemann helped the young sprint group achieve new heights in 2011. Gauson’s recruiting has also bolstered the women’s sprint area with seven new athletes joining the Bulldogs in the fall of 2011.
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Gauson is a former two-time Scottish National Champion at 1500 meters, winning back to back titles in 2004 and 2005 and posting a lifetime best of 3:42.16 in the 1500.
He is a 2006 graduate of Napier University in Edinburgh, earning a degree in Sport and Exercise Science with honors. Gauson competed for Butler from 2006-2008. In cross country, Gauson helped Butler to the NCAA Championships in 2006. On the track, he won the Horizon League title at 1500 meters (2008) while qualifying for the NCAA Mid East Regional at 1500 meters in both 2007 and 2008. He earned his MSC in Education from Butler in 2008.
AS A BUTLER TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE
2008 OUTDOOR: Horizon League champ in the 1,500 (3:55.51)...placed 18th in the 1,500 (3:54.85) at the NCAA Mideast Regional...finished fifth in Section 3 of the 1,500 (3:54.17) at the Oregon Relays...placed fourth in the 5,000 (15:08.15) at the Miami Team Challenge...came in fifth in the 1,500 (3:57.59) at the Indiana Invitational. 2008 INDOOR: Did not compete. 2007 OUTDOOR: Placed 3rd in the 800 (1:54.39) and fifth in the 1500 (3:55.87) at the Horizon League Championship...came in 12th in the 1500 (3:52.69) at the NCAA Mideast Regional...was third in his section of the 1500 (3:46.77) at the Stanford Invitational...placed 7th in the 5000 (15:27.55) at the Butler Twilight Meet. 2007 INDOOR: Finished runner-up in the mile (4:18.89) and third in the 3000 (8:37.90) at the Horizon League Championship...placed third in the 3000 (8:28.12) at the Hoosier Hills Meet. 2007 CROSS COUNTRY: Did not compete in any varsity meets. 2006 CROSS COUNTRY: Participated in six meets...had a season-best time of 24:28.96 at the Bill Dellinger Invitational...placed 4th at the Horizon League Championship with a time of 25:36.95…finished second for the Bulldogs and 103rd overall at the NCAA Division 1 Championships with a time of 32:57, helping the team to a 25th place overall finish.