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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation
Justin McQuality
Justin McQuality
Title: Assistant Track & Field/Cross Country Coach
Phone: 773-702-1528

Justin McQuality begins his third season as assistant coach for the track & field and cross country teams in 2020-21.

In the 2020 indoor track & field season, McQuality was named the NCAA Division III National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He was also the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. McQuality's cohort of jumpers submitted historic seasons in multiple events. Laura Darcey submitted the fourth-best pentathlon score in the history of NCAA Division III (3,794 points). Isabel Maletich posted the fifth-best triple jump in NCAA Division III history at 12.58 meters. Darcey was named the 2020 USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year, while Maletich captured USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year honors.

In his first season, Isabel Maletich won the 2019 national title in the women's indoor long jump and took national runner-up in the outdoor long jump. Additionally, the UChicago field athletes broke a combined nine school records in 2019. The new record holders included Maletich in the triple jump (indoor/outdoor) and long jump (indoor/outdoor); Laura Darcey in the outdoor high jump and outdoor heptathlon; Alexandra Thompson in the indoor high jump; and Isabel Garon in the pole vault (indoor/outdoor). The group qualified for NCAAs a total of nine times and hauled in seven All-American awards.

McQuality arrived on campus after a successful tenure at The College at Brockport. He spent three years as an assistant track & field coach specializing in jumps, multi-events and hurdles. In 2018, McQuality's horizontal jumps groups finished among the top 16 in the Division III event squad rankings during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, with the women's and men's triple jump groups finishing as high as third and fourth last indoor season.

Prior to Brockport, McQuality coached at Fredonia State University for five years. His oversight groups included jumps, sprints, hurdles, javelin and multis. McQuality implemented training and strength programs for the teams while also serving as recruiting coordinator.

McQuality began his coaching career with a one-year stint at Illinois College with the horizontal jumps and multis. In recent years, he was an instructor at the Princeton University and Stanford University Track & Field Camps.

As a collegiate student-athlete, McQuality was a three-year captain of the track & field team at North Central College. He secured All-American honors in the indoor triple jump, as well as qualified for the national meet in the outdoor long jump during his career

McQuality received his bachelor's degree in exercise science and psychology from North Central. He went on to earn his master's degree in exercise science – with a concentration in human performance & injury prevention – from California University of Pennsylvania.