Mike De Witt is a Kenosha native and UW-Parkside graduate. Since the mid 1980s, Coach De Witt has helped well over 100 racewalkers and runners improve their fitness, motivation, as well as their outlook on life. Along with becoming more fit, many of his athletes have won National Master Championships and set National Age Group Records.
Not only does he work with Master Athletes, but he was the Race walking and Women's Track and Cross Country Coach at UW Parkside for 30 years. He was the first racewalker at UWP, competing in his first race in 1970 and earning All American in 1972. Also is 1972 he competed in the Olympic Trials at 20km. He competed in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympic Trials, placing in the Top 10 three times, competing at the 50km distance. He cites his greatest race as the World Cup in 1989, in Spain, where he walked his personal best of 4:22:23 placing 54th out of 133 starters in the event. At UW-Parkside, he guided 5 racewalkers to the Olympic Games, including Jim Heiring (3 times), Michelle Rohl (3 times), Deb Lawerence (3 times), Andy Kaestner (1 time) and Tim Seaman (1 time). He has coached over 50 college All American Race Walkers, and more than 25 of his walkers have earned qualifying times for the Olympic Trials. Six different UWP walkers have set USA Records at the Senior or Junior level. Besides UW-Parkside, Coach De Witt has developed and ran successful programs at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and University of Illinois- Springfield. Along with coaching, Coach De Witt has been an elementary school teacher since 1974.
Coach Matt De Witt has a lifetime of running on his resume. As an athlete, coach, official, and the son of a legendary coach, Matt has picked up a great deal of knowledge and experience in all aspects of cross-country and track. Still an active competitor in racewalking and running, Matt has been running since 1994 and racewalking since 1997. His athletic career includes a two-time junior all-american, five-time NAIA all-american, 2000 and 2016 Olympic Trials competitor, and multiple-time national championship competitor. Matt holds the family records for the marathon (2:53:17 - 2009) and total distance at one time (89 miles - 2018). More recently, he has completed a 50km racewalk, 50mi trail run, 100km cross-country race, and a 24-hr run. Every November Matt runs his age in miles around his birthday. His coaching experiences include two seasons in Mobile, Alabama, at Spring Hill College (2002-2003), working with one of the fastest group of collegiate runners and racewalkers at Virginia Intermont College (2005-2006), and assisting under his dad at UW-Parkside (2006-2011). Matt is a graduate of UW-Parkside and the United States Sports Academy. He is a Kenosha native and continues to live in the area with his wife and three daughters.