Tony Houchin enters his fourth year with UNLV and he serves as the cross country coach while also working with the distance runners on the track and field team.
Houchin has had a strong influence on the Rebel cross country program already, as in his four seasons the team has finished in seventh place at the 2007 and 2008 MWC Championships, the team's best finishes since 2000. Houchin helped mentor Charlotte Browning, who finished sixth overall at the 2007 league meet to earn All-MWC honors, and it was the highest finish by a Rebel harrier since 2000, when Katie Barto finished fifth.
As a distance coach for the track and field team, Houchin has seen eight times added to the Rebel All-Time Top Performances in the distance events in indoor and outdoor track. Browning won the 1,500 meters at the 2008 MWC Outdoor Championships, earning MWC Freshman of the Year honors, and she would go on to earn NCAA All-West Region honors as well.
Houchin came to UNLV from McNeese State where in his only year in Lake Charles, LA, he coached two conference champions, one regional qualifier and nine all-conference athletes. His men's cross country team finished third at the 2005 Southland Conference Championships where he had a runner finish in second place individually. During the indoor track season Houchin coached McNeese's only Southland Conference champion, the men's distance medley relay team. In the outdoor season he coached the 2005 Southland Conference champion in the men's 3,000 steeplechase, who then went on to compete at the NCAA Regional meet.
"Tony and I have the same expectation level for the vision of this program and where we want it to go," UNLV head coach Yvonne Scott said. "He is the head cross country coach and I am the head track and field coach and we are putting it all together."
Prior to Houchin's time at McNeese, he was on staff at Butler University and helped guide the men's cross country team to a fourth-place finished at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships. During that season he coached Olly Laws to All-America honors as he finished 19th overall at the championships. Also, the women's team finished 31st at the national championships while making its first-ever appearance at the NCAA meet. In the 2005 track and field season at Butler, he coached Victoria Mitchell, who won the NCAA National Championship in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Butler had four conference cross country championship teams and four individual conference champions during Houchin's two-year tenure with the Bulldogs.
Houchin ran track and field for Oklahoma State from 1994-97, earning three All-Big 8 honors for the Cowboys. He earned his B.A. in English from Oklahoma State in 1999. He married the former Mary Duerbeck on July 14, 2007, in Las Vegas.