Meet The Cross Country Coaches
Head Girls Coach - Mickie Barsic
Coach Mickie Barsic is entering her 12th year as a XC and track coach in Lawrence Township. The 2022 season will be her third year leading the Wildcat cross country team as the head coach. As a product of Lawrence Township schools, Coach Barsic has a vested interest in continuing the tradition of excellence among the community running programs from which she came. Many of Coach Barsic's athletes have gone on to have great success in the collegiate ranks. Some of her former athletes have run or are currently running at Loyola, Dayton, Ball State, Butler, IUPUI, UIndy, Alabama A&M, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M, and Oregon.
Barsic is now in her 14th year as an educator, currently teaching art at Lawrence North. She enjoys being by the water, hiking, camping, painting, sculpting, drinking coffee, and spending time with her husband, Tim, and their two boys, Jaxson and Chase.
Head Boys Coach - Joe Murphy
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Prior to being named the head coach in 2022, Coach Murphy had been an assistant XC and track coach at Lawrence North for 2 years. Prior to becoming a coach, Coach Murphy was a student-athlete himself. From 2010 to 2014, he was a member of the Lawrence North Wildcat cross country and track teams. He was the 2014 IHSAA state champion in the 1600m. After graduating from Lawrence North, Coach Murphy went on to study and compete in XC and track at Indiana University. Coach Murphy graduated from IU in 2019 as three-time All-American in track & field for the Hoosiers.
In addition to coaching cross country, Coach Murphy has spent the last 2.5 years working for the City of Lawrence in a full-time capacity. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Steve Collier. In his free time, Coach Murphy enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, cheering for his favorite sports team, and travel.
"I feel very fortunate to be the next head cross country coach for the Lawrence North Wildcats. This program, and the people around it, helped mold me into the person I am today. Being a part of the LNXC family was always about much more than running for me. I hope that this next generation of runners will feel the same way. This opportunity means a lot to me and my family, and I cannot wait to get started."