Mary Houchin enters her fourth season as a volunteer coach with the UNLV cross country and track and field program, working with the Rebel distance athletes.
Houchin currently competes for Brooks and has earned roster spots on three Team USA international squads. She competed at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya as member of Team USA, which finished eighth overall.
Houchin graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2001. She worked as the a program coordinator for Phoenix PBS affiliate KAET and later as an assistant editor for an Indianapolis post-production house while competing for the Nike sponsored Indiana Invaders. She began coaching with her future husband, Tony Houchin, as a volunteer assistant at Butler University for two years from 2004-05. She worked with Butler student-athlete Monica Behney, who won the conference championship in the 10,000 meters in a still standing school and conference record-setting time and was runner-up in the 5000 meters. Houchin also assisted with the Butler women's cross country team, helping the squad qualify for the 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the first appearance at the national meet in school history. She also volunteered and managed team fundraising at McNeese State University for a year before coming to Las Vegas for the 2006 cross country season.
Houchin was a two-time NCAA Cross Country National Championships qualifier with the Sun Devils, including being part of teams that finished 12th and 6th respectively during her junior and senior years. As a senior, she came in third at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country West Regional. In track she qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Track Championships in the 5000 meters (11th place) and 10,000 meters, respectively. She is currently still fourth on the Sun Devil all-time list in the indoor 5000 meters and the outdoor 10,000 meters.
The former Mary Duerbeck, she married Tony Houchin on July 14, 2007, in Las Vegas.