Coach Laurie McElroy DeVorkin, better known as "Coach Mac" to her athletes, is entering into her 20th year of coaching. She has divided her time at the Division I and Division III levels, having coached 10 years at the University of North Texas, then 7 at the University of Chicago/Concordia University Chicago, and 1 year each at Western Illinois University and Southwest Texas State. She is proficient in sprints, hurdles, relays, all 4 jumps and multi-events.
DeVorkin has coached All-Americans in the 4 x 100m & 4 x 400m, 100m, 200m, 400m Hurdles, 800m, LJ, TJ, Pole Vault, and the Heptathalon, with 2 National Champions in the Pole Vault and 800m. Two of her former athletes have gone on to compete at the U.S. Olympics in Bob Sledding. As a student-athlete, she was a part of the National Championship Track & Field team at the University of Texas, specializing in the 400-meter hurdles and the high jump. She also trained as a heptathlete and was a nationally-ranked power lifter.
‘I’ve been blessed to have a long, exciting, and rewarding career. I can’t thank enough those who have taken their time to teach me the secrets of their trade and hope I never stop learning. Nothing has given me more fulfillment than watch young talent reach and exceed their athletic goals. When an athlete finally begins to believe in and tap into their true potential, that’s when the magic happens. I can’t wait to spend the 20 years continuing to develop the next generation of track and fielders.
DeVorkin is a USATF Level III coach, with level in certification in sprints, jumps and combined events.
DeVorkin earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (1997) and a Master's of Education with a specialization in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition (1999) from the University of Texas.
Laurie is married to Jeremy DeVorkin, and the couple has three sons, Dylan Austin, Luke Aaron and Cameron McMahan.