James T. “Tyler” McQuality

  • Head Coach, Cross Country
  • Head Coach, Track and Field
  • Adjunct Faculty, Stuart School of Business

Tyler McQuality is in his fourth season as Illinois Institute of Technology head cross country coach and head track and field coach in 2022-23. McQuality, who arrived to the Scarlet Hawks in 2018-19 as an assistant cross country/track and field coach, carries experience and knowledge that has lifted the overall talent and student-athlete experience for Illinois Tech cross country/track and field.

McQuality led the Illinois Tech men’s cross country program to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 NACC Championship, an improvement from their sixth-place finish at the event in 2018. The 2019 cross country season also resulted in one All-NACC performer on the men’s side. McQuality’s first season leading the Illinois Tech track and field program in 2019 also saw leaps and bounds as three men secured individual NACC Indoor Championships. The Scarlet Hawks men’s cross country and/ track and field teams accumulated 19 NACC Scholar-Athletes, while the women’s programs registered six in McQuality’s first two seasons as head coach.

McQuality arrived at Illinois Tech by way of North Central College, where he was a four-time All-CCIW selection for the three-time NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Champion Cardinals (2014, 2016, and 2017). He was also a member of the North Central squad that took home the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship on their home track.

He has spent time with both Dick Pond Athletics and Naperville Running Company as a sales associate, increasing each company’s base by establishing relationships with local high school coaches. His horizons in the sport of running have also broadened through his internship with the Chicago Area Runners Association, where he has established relationships with runners in the Chicagoland area through his work on marketing and events.

McQuality will teach a new course he created on Business of Sports (BUS 401) for Stuart School of Business in spring 2023. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/sports management from North Central College in 2018 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern University in 2021. He served as a teaching assistant at Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies in the following courses for the Master of Sports Administration program:

  • Technology of Sport (winter 2021, spring 2021, summer 2021, fall 2021)
  • Special Topics: Sport Representation (winter 2022)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports Management (spring 2022)

McQuality holds a Level One USATF certification and a USATFC XC certification.


M.A., Sports Administration, Northwestern University
B.A., Business Management, North Central College
B.A., Sport Management, North Central College



Undergraduate Programs in Business