North Central College - Naperville, IL

Carius Track & Gramarosso Gallery

The indoor track in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center is named in honor of Carius and a history gallery of the cross country and track & field programs is named in honor of Gramarosso.

45 Years
1 Head Coach
1 simple motto: Run for Fun and Personal Bests
1 Philosophy: Develop Winners for Life


Since Al Carius arrived on campus in 1966 to coach cross country and track and field, North Central has been a NCAA Division III running powerhouse. Coach Al Carius What makes this humble man from Morton, Ill. so special? Could it be his passion for running or his dedication to his athletes? Maybe it's simply his love for North Central College. For 45 years Al has met his team at 6:30 a.m. for morning run. During the day, he has committed himself to the development of his athletes on the track and his students in the classroom. After practice, he can be found in his office chatting with runners, passing along tidbits of wisdom from years of building winners in life. He has sacrificed weekends with his family and friends so that he could do what he loves - coach. His summers are filled with recruiting, tracking mileage and writing newsletters to the team. Al is an inspiration and motivation for everyone he meets. This is why his name and philosophy are synonymous with running and winning.


Coach Frank GramarossoFor twenty-seven years, Frank Gramarosso has been a rock in the life of Al Carius, his student-athletes and the running programs at North Central College. Affectionately called "Grammy," he is the behind-the-scenes force for the men's cross country and track and field teams. Grammy has coached more than 155 CCIW Champions and 128 All-Americans. Twenty-five years ago, he introduced the alumni track meet.

In the 45 years that Carius has been at North Central College, there have been five coaches affiliated with the men's and women's running programs. In addition to Gramarosso assisting with the men's program, the following coaches have inspired hundreds of women in cross country and track and field: former coaches Marcy Thurwachter and Eric Simon, and current coaches Mahesh Narayanan and Kari Kluckhohn. In August 2010, longtime associate head coach "Grammy" was promoted to the position of head coach.