thomas a. raunig

Associate Professor of Education
Office: 209H Sullivan Hall
Phone: (406) 791-5361


Professor Raunig is primarily teaching methods classes in physical education, health, and education. He comes to UGF from the University of Montana, where he had served as the Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach for men and for women the past twelve years. In addition to coaching at UM, he also coached at Upper Iowa University and Montana State University, as well as at the high school level, and for professional athletes. He has coached five different individual national champions. 

In addition to coaching, Raunig has either taught, pursued academic degrees, or conducted research at all of his stops. Research for his Masters Degree focused on the coach’s ability to predict how economically distance runners utilize oxygen. His Doctoral research focused on the funding of collegiate athletics and how it relates to success in coaching. He has taught classes ranging from Current Issues in Physical Education to Anatomy to Exercise Physiology. He feels very fortunate to have been able to combine his love of sport and fitness into a profession. 

Professor Raunig grew up in Central Montana. Born in Conrad, he attended elementary school in Fort Benton, and both junior high and high school in Havre. He was active in sports since the first grade, when he began competitive swimming and Little League Baseball. He competed in nearly every sport available to him up until his junior year in high school when he focused on running. This earned him an athletic scholarship to The University of Montana. He still holds the school record for 10,000 meters at UM, and was an NCAA Division I Track and Field All-American at 10,000 meters. 

Raunig lived in Eugene, Oregon, and ran for the Nike-sponsored track and field team Athletics West his first three years out of college. During his time as a full-time athlete, he achieved a first place finish in the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival Marathon, a sixth place finish in the 1982 New York City Marathon, a seventh place finish in the 1983 Chicago Marathon, and a tenth place finish in the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. In 1985 he changed his focus back to teaching, coaching and learning. 

Raunig is still dedicated to staying physically fit. His activities include running, hiking, biking, and taking walks with his wife of 18 years, Katie. They both have a great interest in sport and come from families of sport enthusiasts. Katie’s father was the Sports Information Director at Montana State for 20 years, and she has a brother who works as an editor for the Associated Press Sports Department in Phoenix. In addition, Professor Raunig’s sister was a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon and had the number one time for a U.S. female in the marathon in 1986. Raunig coached her during that time.



Motivation is a critical aspect to learning, and I feel that both the teacher and student are accountable for it in the classroom. Teachers need to be perceptive enough to find what engages and motivates their students.  The students need to be receptive and open to learning new possibilities.



"The most important thing about education is appetite."---Winston Churchill





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