Dean Aurich


Assistant Men's and Women's Track Coach and Pole Vault in Athletics

Dean Aurich joined the Gustavus track & field coaching staff as the pole vault coach in the fall of 2021 after serving in the same role at St. Thomas for the previous 11 seasons. In 2014 alone, he coached athletes who won three All-America honors and three MIAC championships. 

Aurich has 30 years of head track and field coaching experience at the high school level in Minnesota. His track and field teams at Mayer Lutheran High School won 23 conference team championships, participated in 16 True Team state meets which included three state championships. He was honored in 1997 as the Minnesota State Track and Field Coach of the Year in Class A and the True Team Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2000. 

His specialty is coaching the pole vault, ranging from the middle-school age to elite vaulters at the college level. Dozens of his high school vaulters competed at the Minnesota State High School Track and Field Championships, including two state champions. 

Dean and his wife, Becky, have five children who were all pole vaulters at the high school and collegiate levels. 


BS Education Concordia University Ne. MS Natural Science / Environmental Science Hamline University