Arkansas Track and Field Camps
Travis Geopfert begins his fifth season at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2013 and his 11th as a collegiate coach. He is charged with coaching the field and multi-event athletes with the Razorbacks while also acting as the recruiting coordinator for the Arkansas cross country/track & field programs.
In his 10 years on the sideline, Geopfert has built an impressive resume that includes an Olympian, four NCAA individual national champions, 51 first-team All-Americans, 86 NCAA qualifiers, 59 conference champions and 107 all-conference performers. Those numbers don’t include the myriad of honors bestowed upon the student-athletes that Geopfert has recruited, an array of performers that have been among the top 10 recruiting classes in the nation in each of the past three years.
The work that Geopfert has done has not gone unnoticed to his peers. In 2008 he received the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) Midwest Assistant Coach of the Year award for outdoor track and took the same honor indoors in 2013. His most recent honor led him to the USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year award for the 2013 indoor track season.
Geopfert’s 2013 track season was not just rewarding for him as an individual, but from a team standpoint as he helped Arkansas claim its 41st NCAA Championship during the indoor track season and win the John McDonnell Program of the Year award. The team also won its second straight SEC triple crown and Geopfert’s fingerprints were all over Arkansas’ team success in 2013 as he coached student-athletes to a national title in the heptathlon, 14 All-America honors and an SEC Champion.
While his overall credentials are staggering, his numbers since arriving in Fayetteville are even better. He has coached two national champions, six SEC titlists, five SEC runner-ups, 17 first-team All-Americans and five second-team All-Americans. Kevin Lazas, the 2013 NCAA heptathlon champion, tallied 6,175 points on the way to his national title, a total that ranks No. 3 in NCAA history. The lofty numbers are not limited to just the multi-events. Geopfert coached Razorbacks have etched their names into the Arkansas all-time top 10 lists 40 times in just four seasons.
In addition to his duties with the Razorbacks, Geopfert is a rising star on the national stage and in 2013 coached his second Thorpe Cup, a decathlon competition between the United States and Germany. A long-time advocate of the competition, Geopfert was also a member of three Thorpe Cup championships as a competitor between 2003 and 2006.
Familiar with Coach Bucknam’s philosophies and coaching style, Geopfert was an athlete during the head Razorback’s run at Northern Iowa before joining the coaching staff. The long-time Panther even took over the program for one season, after Bucknam left for Arkansas, before joining his mentor one year later. His coaching at Northern Iowa led to Missouri Valley Conference indoor and outdoor championships in 2009 as well as coach of the year honors both seasons. In six years as a coach at UNI, Geopfert was a part of numerous conference championships and his recruits continue to hold 12 UNI school records.
Geopfert’s coaching career began at Central Missouri State where he spent two years as an assistant coach. In that time he coached two Divison II national champions, one national runner-up, six All-Americans, five conference champions and 10 all-conference performers.
A standout student-athlete for Northern Iowa, Geopfert earned All-America honors and was a three-time MVC champion. Including his professional career as an athlete, he was a two-time Drake Relays decathlon championships, three-time member of the Thorpe Cup and a six-time USA Championships qualifier in the decathlon.
A native of Panora, Iowa, Geopfert earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa in 2002. He and his wife Nicole have two sons, Jones and Jax.