Kyle Rago began his collegiate head coaching career in August 2014 as the Saint Xavier University men's cross country and track & field coach. He spent the previous six seasons as Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Olivet Nazarene University's cross country/track & field recruiting coordinator as well as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the distance athletes. During those six seasons, Rago helped the program grow from 60 student-athletes to over 140 in 2013-14.
Rago was also very instrumental in helping the ONU's men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams find plenty of conference and national success during his stint as assistant coach. The Tigers men’s cross country team won the CCAC team title in 2008, 2009 and 2013; while the women’s team claimed the top spot each of the last four seasons. In addition, the women’s cross country team finished among the top six nationally at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in each of the last three seasons, while the men’s team finished ranked No. 6 overall in the NAIA in 2013.
Dating back to 2009, Rago also helped guide the Tigers to five straight CCAC track & field team titles on both the men’s and women’s side. During his time at ONU, he helped coach 32 NAIA All-Americans and 121 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. As a former middle distance runner for the Tigers, Rago was a four-time NAIA national qualifier and set six school records. He was named a team captain for both the cross country and track teams during his junior and senior seasons.
Rago graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007 with a degree in social science education. The Homer Glen, Ill., native currently resides in Bourbonnais with his wife, Tara, and their two children, Hope and Koen.