Mike Orechia led two cross country runners to the national stage in 2018 when Colin Monaghan and Emery Bradlina competed for NCAA D-III titles in Wisconsin. In addition to his national appearance, Monaghan was the 2018 Northwest Conference Men's Cross Country Champion. Just a few months prior, Orechia led Matt Wells to the NCAA D-III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Wells was the second Logger to reach NCAA D-III Track & Field Championships in 2018 - Emery Bradlina ran for a naitonal title in the indoor 800-m.
The 2015-16 year was one of the most memorable for the Puget Sound cross country and track & field programs. Orechia coached Tyler Shipley to a Northwest Conference cross country title. Shipley and Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski both competed in the NCAA Championships in 2015, and Shipley was also named the USTFCCCA West Region Male Athlete of the Year. The USTFCCCA also honored Orechia with West Region Men's Coach of the Year for the indoor track & field season, as sophomore Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski earned USTFCCCA Male Track Athlete of the Year. The Loggers earned three All-Americans during the indoor season, and received two more All-American nods during the 2016 outdoor season.
Orechia became the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field at the University of Puget Sound in 1997. Orechia had spent the previous ten years as Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at the University of Chicago where he led his Women's Cross Country team to the UAA Championships in 1992 & 1993, earning himself the Coaching Staff of the Year award and the Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year award. It was through his leadership that the women's team qualified for the first time in the school's history to compete in a NCAA championship where they placed fourteenth in 1993. During his time at the University of Chicago, Orechia coached ten All-Americans.
His other coaching experience includes coaching Stella Edwinson who participated in the 1984 Olympic trials in the 400m hurdles, Assistant Track & Field/ Cross Country coach at San Francisco State University (1983-1987), and Head Girls Track Coach at Danvers High School (1979-1981). While coaching at Danvers High School in 1979, his team won the Class B Championship, as well as the All-State Championship and the New England championship.
Since joining the Logger staff, Orechia has been selected Men's USTCA Indoor Track West Region Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004, Men's XC Coach of the Year in 2002 and Women's XC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2006, coached three Men's NWC XC Championship teams and three Women's NWC XC Championship teams, and led the Women's Track & Field team to a 9th place NAIA finish in 1998 and a 5th place finish in 1999. As a Logger, he has also helped produce four National Champions (2 XC, 2 track), 18 track All-Americans, 12 XC All-Americans, 29 XC All-Academic individuals, 25 XC All-Academic teams, 24 track All-Academic individuals and 20 track All-Academics teams.
Orechia earned his B.S. degree in Education from Springfield College in 1978 and his M.A. degree in Education from San Francisco State University in 1985.
Orechia and his wife, Stella, live in Bothell, Washington. They have two sons, Christopher and Ryne.