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 came 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 for 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 Master’s 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 24 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.   

One area that Professor Raunig is particular proud of is his coaching tree.  That is the legacy of individuals he has either mentored when they were assistant coaches for him, coached as athletes, or he has taught teaching and coaching methods to in class.  Listed below are the successes of those individuals.


Mentored by Professor Raunig as his assistant coaches

Harry Coach- Head Track and Field Coach at Carroll College
Matt Roe- Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Coach at Butler University
Brian Schweyen- Head Coach Track and Field Coach at The University of Montana
Adam Bork- Assistant Track and Field Coach The University of Montana
Andrea Grove McDonough- Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Iowa State University  


Athletes who were mentored by Professor Raunig and were on his Teams  

Clint May- Head Cross Country Coach Bozeman High School, Bozeman, MT (7 men’s, 7 women’s State AA Cross Country Championships)
Mark Garber- Head Cross Country Coach Belt/Centerville High Schools, Centerville, MT (7 women’s State Class C Cross Country Championships)
Paul Anderson- former Head Cross Country Coach Kremlin/Gilford H.S., Kremlin, MT (4 men’s State C Cross Country Championships)  currently coaching age group cross country skiing
Anders Brooker- Head Cross Country Coach Hellgate High School, Missoula, MT (1 men’s State AA Cross Country Championship)
Chris Bloomquist- Head Cross Country Coach Billings West High School, Billings, MT
Rich Brown- Head Cross Country Coach Tumwater H.S., Olympia, WA
John O'Leary- Head Cross Country Coach Bishop Blanchet H.S., Seattle, WA
Matt Larson- Head Track and Field Coach Sentinel H.S. Missoula, MT
Mara Bronson- Head Cross Country Coach Butte H.S., Butte, MT
Jimmy Stanton- Assistant Track and Field Coach Carroll College, Helena, MT
James Noble-Head Women's Cross Country Coach, Ferris H.S., Spokane, WA
Logan Labbe- Track and Field Coach Phillipsburg H.S., MT


Students Professor Raunig taught in methods classes

Aaron Skoggen- Head Basketball Coach Highwood H.S., Highwood, MT
Brendon DeCock- Assistant Wrestling Coach Ronan H.S., Ronan, MT
Louis Caranza- Assistant Wrestling Coach, Great Falls H.S., Great Falls, MT
Samantha Stevens- Assistant Softball Caoch, Great Falls H.S., Great Falls, MT
Anthony Varnell-Assistant Wrestling Coach, Menlo College, Menlo, CA
Kamron Jackson-Assistant Wrestling Coach, Chadron State University, Chadron, NE


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