Brett Witt became the head coach of men's cross country in 2001, after serving two years as an assistant men's coach. He became the head coach of men's track and field in 2006. A native of Plover, Wis., he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was an eight-time NCAA Division III All-American track and field distance runner, and a five-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in communication. He earned his M.A. in human performance and sport studies from the University of Tennessee in 1999. At Tennessee, he was a graduate teaching assistant and served as a graduate assistant coach in both cross country and track and field. He was inducted into the Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.