COLUMBIA – Rebecca Wilmes has been named Missouri's new men’s and women’s cross country coach. Wilmes was assistant coach for the teams for the past 11 seasons under former head coach Jared Wilmes, her husband. Jared Wilmes resigned in June to focus on their family.
Rebecca Wilmes was named USTFCCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004.
In 2004, Rebecca Wilmes coached the Missouri women’s cross country team to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the Tigers' best finish in more than 20 years. That year's team also won its second NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in three seasons. She also coached the Tigers' women's team to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2003 and 16th place in 2002.
She also found success in 2001, when she coached the Missouri women's distance medley relay team to an NCAA national indoor championship and a world-leading time.
As a student-athlete at Missouri, Rebecca Wilmes was the 1996 Midwest Regional Cross Country Champion and twice led her teams to the NCAA Championships. Wilmes was a two-time All-American in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. In 2000, she was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the 1,500m run.
Rebecca Wilmes graduated magna cum laude in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. Wilmes has also completed a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.