MSU hires new Director of Cross Country and Track and Field


Former MSU Track and Field Director Walt Drenth/ Photo Credit: George Pham/ Impact

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— Lisa Breznau has been hired as the newest Michigan State Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Breznau, who has been serving as the interim director since the retirement of former longtime director Walt Drenth in November, has spent the past 11 years on the MSU coaching staff. She was hired as the associate head coach for the cross county and track and field programs in 2015.

During the 2021 season, Breznau led the MSU women’s cross country team to their second consecutive Big Ten title. She, along with Drenth, won six Big Ten titles over the past 15 years.

“We are excited to announce Lisa Breznau as our Director of Cross Country and Track & Field,” MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman said. “She’s done an outstanding job this year since taking over as interim director in November, including winning a Big Ten Championship in women’s cross country, excellent NCAA finishes by our men’s and women’s cross country teams and guiding individuals to Big Ten Championships on the track. Lisa has a passion for Spartan cross country and track and field which first developed during her time as a student-athlete, where she experienced the tradition of excellence that exists within the Spartan programs. I look forward to watching her guide student-athletes to even greater heights in the future.”

An MSU alum, Breznau won a pair of All-American awards in 2008-09 as a distance runner in addition to graduating with an English Degree.