Kate Bucknam begins her third as an assistant cross country/track and field coach for Belmont.
Bucknam assists Director of Cross Country/Track and Field Jeff Langdon in overseeing the training of the men's and women's cross country teams as well as the distance events for track, but primarily works with the women's teams.
During her time at Belmont, she has helped both programs achieve success on the course and track. In her first two years, the cross country team has posted two top-three finishes at the OVC Championship recently led by Kortney Schardt who has earned All-OVC honors the last two seasons. The women's track and field team has also made huge strides by placing 6th and 7th at the Indoor and Outdoor Conference Championships (2019), their best finish since joining the OVC.
Kate comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sport having run at both the University of Minnesota and Lipscomb University. While at Minnesota, Bucknam was instrumental in helping the Gophers qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championship for just the 10th time in program history. She finished sixth on the squad in her NCAA debut as a redshirt junior. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned the NCAA Sportsmanship Award following the 2014 cross country season. On the track, she most commonly competed in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter steeplechase during her outdoor campaigns and the mile and 3k during her indoor seasons. She placed 11th at the 2015 Big Ten Championship in the steeplechase. She had also previously won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award during the 2015 track season
She earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Minnesota.
Bucknam comes from a running family. Her father Chris is the track and field coach at the University of Arkansas where he is the 15-time SEC Coach of the Year, 2013 National Coach of the Year and has mentored 240 All-Americans.
Bucknam resides in Nashville.