Entering his third season as a Purdue assistant cross country and track and field coach, Darrin Wilcoxson works exclusively with the men's distance roster. In his short tenure, the Boilermakers have seen some great successes, highlighted by two-time NCAA qualifier, Big Ten Champion and school-record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, David Rae.
Before Purdue, Wilcoxson was an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, the Lady Colonels' cross country team won two conference championships and finished second twice. The men were runners-up four years in a row.
Prior to his stint at Eastern Kentucky, Wilcoxson was the head men's track and field coach at Frontier Jr./Sr. High School. He led the Falcons for five seasons and received the Midwest Conference men's track coach of the year award in 2000.
During his collegiate career at Purdue University, he was a four-year letterwinner, qualifying for the USATF championships in 1993 and 1994. Wilcoxson earned 12th place honors at the Indoor NCAA Championships in 1993 and also finished 19th at the Outdoor NCAA Championships the same year. He currently holds the varsity record for the indoor 800 with a time of 1:48.70 set in 1993.
Wilcoxson graduated from Purdue University in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology education and received his master's in education at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002.
Wilcoxson and his wife, Alice, an athletic trainer at Purdue, reside in West Lafayette, Ind.