Monica Gary enters her 11th season at Purdue with an impressive array of credentials and accomplishments. The 2009 campaign saw several major steps for an array of young athletes, while senior Ranay Harvey qualified for her first career NCAA Indoor Championship meet in the 60-meter hurdles. Harvey just missed breaking the Boilermakers' record in the event, crossing the line at 8.26 at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships to miss the mark by 0.01 seconds. She went on to take 10th place overall at nationals, and qualified for her second consecutive NCAA Mideast Regional meet during the outdoor season.
Gary continued to guide Boilermakers to success in 2008 as her athletes broke one school record, matched another and clocked one of the top-five times in school history in seven events. Leah Kincaid qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the women's 60-meter hurdles, breaking her own Purdue record with a time of 8.25, and advanced to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the 100-meter hurdles. She also notched the second-fastest 100-meter dash and fifth-fastest 60-meter dash in school history. Shane Crawford matched the fastest men's 60-meter dash time in school history and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, while Ranay Harvey climbed into Purdue's all-time top-five in both the women's 60- and 100-meter hurdles, qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the 100-hurdles.
Gary also has seen the Boilermakers' school mark in the women's shuttle hurdle relay fall a number of times, most recently by Kincaid, Harvey, Lindsey Singleton and Christina Madison at the 2007 Penn Relays with a time of 56.50. In 2006, Kincaid smashed the 16-year old 100-meter hurdle record (13.27), previously held by former All-American Jamie McNear, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
One of Gary's first success stories was Krissy Liphardt, who won the Big Ten championship in the 400 with a time of 54.89. Liphardt also ran school-record times in the 60 hurdles and 200 dash under then-second-year Purdue coach. Gary also mentored Angela Craft to heptathlon and pentathlon championships at the indoor and outdoor conference meets. Both Craft and Liphardt were NCAA qualifiers in the 400 hurdles, with Craft earning All-America honors. Gary also brought the tradition of winning back to the relay teams. Both the 4x100 and the 4x400 teams found themselves in high scoring positions in 2001. In addition, Gary coached Kim Jordan to runner-up status at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a time of 2:08.84 in the 800.
During her second full season as an assistant coach in 2001, Gary helped lead the Boilermaker women to their first-ever Big Ten indoor championship. In 2001-02, she coached Kim Jordan in the 800-meter run. Jordan captured the indoor championship, set a school record in the event and was a provisional NCAA qualifier.
In summer 2007, Gary was an assistant coach with the United States team at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, mainly responsible for sprinters and hurdlers. She has also served as the head women's coach of the 2002 U.S. World Junior Championship team in Kingston, Jamaica, and the 2003 head women's coach for the U.S. Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
As a high school coach in Cleveland, Ohio, Gary guided teams to eight state championships. Gary came to Purdue from Beaumont School for Girls, where she had been the co-head track and field and assistant cross country coach since 1995. She also taught health and physical education in the Cleveland public schools.
Before coaching at Beaumont, Gary was a teacher and head track coach from 1970 to 1995 at John Adams High School in Cleveland.
Gary's coaching experience includes participating as a staff member on three international U.S. Junior teams. In 1995, she accompanied the Women's Junior National Team to Chile and was on the coaching staff for the North Olympic Festival Team at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., while in 1998 she was an assistant manager for the World Junior Championships in Annecy, France.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native has coached a number of athletes to successful collegiate careers, including Carmen Banks and Candace Nicholson. Under Gary's guidance, Banks was the top-ranked junior runner in the nation in the 300m low hurdles and second in the 100m hurdles in 1994. Banks went on to run for the 1994 U.S. Junior National Team and perennial national power Texas. Nicholson, who finished fourth in the 800m at the 1999 Big Ten Indoor Championships and sixth at the outdoor championships for Illinois, excelled under Gary. Nicholson was the third-ranked junior half-miler in 1996 with a time of 2:07.14, and was a member of the U.S. Junior Pan American Team that went to Cuba in 1996.
Gary earned a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and received a master's in motor behavior from Kent State. She is a certified USATF Level I and II instructor and has conducted coaching clinics in the sprints and hurdles all over the country.
She is currently a member of the executive committee on women's development for USA Track and Field, serving as the coordinator for the women's long jump.