Justin McQuality begins his second season as assistant coach for the track & field and cross country teams in 2019-20.
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.