Andrew Basler is in his fourth year coaching the jumps and women's multi-events under Central Michigan Director of Track and Field Mark Guthrie.
Basler is in his second stint as a Chippewa assistant, having worked with the women's track and field team's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and combined-event athletes from 2005-07.
Highlighting Basler’s first stint at CMU was the performance of Tamera Thomas, who earned All-America honors in the pentathlon at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships and was named Most Valuable Performer at the 2006 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. Basler coached two athletes who qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, three who qualified for the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, two U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, seven MAC champions, three MAC record holders, and 13 program record holders.
From 2007-13, Basler was the associate head women's track and field coach and the assistant men’s coach at California-Riverside, where he has worked directly with the sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, combined-event athletes, and javelin throwers. Administratively, Basler managed the program's travel and equipment budgets while also serving as meet director for home track and field and cross country meets, including the Big West Conference Championships from 2008-12.
At Riverside, Basler coached six U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships qualifiers, five junior national championships qualifiers, three indoor national championships qualifiers, five NCAA All-Americans (combined indoor and outdoor), 12 Big West outdoor conference champions and 37 school record holders (combined indoor and outdoor). Two of his athletes, Ashley Gatewood and Danielle Littleton, earned special recognition in 2011 when Gatewood was named Big West Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year and Littleton was tabbed Big West Conference Female Freshman Athlete of the Year.
During Basler’s 11 years of coaching, he has also coached multiple post-collegiate athletes on the national and international stages. Highlights of his post-collegiate coaching include guiding Riverside alum Ted Hooper (long jump) to the 2016 Indoor World Championships, as well as second-place finishes at the 2015 Indoor USA Championships, 2015 Taiwan Open Athletic Championships, and the 2015 Asian Athletic Championships. In addition, Basler helped guide Riverside alum Allison Wilder (triple jump) to a third-place medal at the 2016 British Indoor Championships.
Under the tutelage of Guthrie at Wisconsin-La Crosse, Basler won the 2002 NCAA Division III indoor national title in the long jump. He was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and was the captain of La Crosse's teams that swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA team championships in 2001 and 2002.
Basler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art from La Crosse in 2002 and his a Master of Arts in Sport Administration degree from Central Michigan in 2014.