Head Coach, Track & Field/Cross Country
Purdue University Fort Wayne
2016 WCA Graduate, Class #40
2019 NCAA Academy 2.0, Class #3
Ashley Botham started as head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and women’s track teams at Purdue University Fort Wayne in January 2018. During her first track season with the Dons she coached the women’s team to six new school records in the mile, 4X100, 60H, 100H, 200, and 5,000.
Botham joined the Mastodons after serving as IUPUI’s top assistant from July 2015 – December 2017. She was the primary coach for the middle distance events with school record performances in the 400, 800, 1500, 4×400 and Distance Medley Relay.
Prior to IUPUI, Botham served as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida State University. She directed the Seminoles’ B team and helped FSU to a 12th-place national finish in cross country in 2014. FSU earned a runner-up finish at both the ACC Cross Country Championships and South Region before just missing a top-10 national finish. FSU capped the season with a sixth-place finish nationally on the outdoor track.
She served as a graduate assistant at Belmont University during the 2013-14 season, after completing her running career for the Bruins in 2013. She was a Second Team Ohio Valley Conference performer in both cross country and track in 2012-13 in her lone competitive season at Belmont. She began her career at Grand Valley State, earning All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors and was a two-time NCAA Track & Field qualifier.
Botham owns USATF Level I certification and Level II certification for endurance. She is a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program and a WCA Class 40 graduate.
She graduated from GVSU in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science and Psychology before completing her postgraduate work in Sports Administration from Belmont in 2014.