Shayla Houlihan Joins the D1 Coaching Ranks!

Shayla Houlihan never really set the world on fire as an athlete at Sioux City East High School or UNI.  But her passion for the sport never allowed her to give up.  She used her passion and desire to take her ability to “The Next Level” as a steeplechaser.  After much post collegiate success in her new specialty, Shayla decided to hang up her spikes after her 22nd place finish at the Olympic Trials.  Shayla continues to use her passion for the sport to take her to bigger and better things in life.  After a job as a grad assistant at Utah, she has recently accepted a job as Cross Country and Track and Field assistant coach at the University of California at Berkeley.
The following is a recent Q and A interview that Shayla did with The Next Level Iowa as she prepares for the next leg of her journey in life.  Enjoy.

Shayla Houlihan

Another former Iowa prep joins the Division 1 coaching ranks!!

Former SC East and UNI standout Shayla Houlihan hung up her competitive spikes after competing at the Olympic Trials earlier this month, and has taken a full time coaching position at the University of California-Berkeley.

Houlihan moved herself up the ladder as an athlete and retired from a very successful career as a top US steeplechaser.

 With Cal being a member of the Pac-12, this job offers “unpaid” benefits as well.   Houlihan’s younger sister, Shelby, is a standout cross country performer and middle distance ace at Arizona

Coach Kyle Kepler Mergaert, Amanda

State.  Shayla was also a Grad Assistant at Utah while training under Ute’s head coach and former Iowa prep, Kyle Kepler.  Both ASU and Utah are members of the Pac-12.

 Houlihan begins her new job August 1st.  She will be working with Bears Head Coach Tony Sandoval in coaching the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, Middle and Long Distance runners and playing a major role in recruiting.  Shayla is replacing Ann Detmer, a former Wisconsin All American, who has decided to give a professional running career a try.


Good luck Shayla!  The Next Level Iowa is very proud of 


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