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* Enters his fifth season as head men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at USF in 2016-17

Cross Country at USF

* Has guided the men’s team to four consecutive NAIA top-8 finishes, including a national championship in 2012 and fourth-place showings in 2013 and 2015

* Has led the women’s squad to four straight NAIA top-20 performances with back-to-back 12th-place finishes – the program’s highest ever – in 2012 and 2013

* Named NAIA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Saints to their first-ever national championship in that sport

* A three-time CCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (men in 2012, 2015; women in 2014)

* Has led the men’s team to three CCAC titles in the past four years (2012, 2014, 2015) and a runner-up finish in 2013

* Captured the CCAC women’s title in 2014 and guided the Saints to runner-up performances on three other occasions (2012, 2013, 2015)

* Has coached eight NAIA cross country All-Americans

Track & Field at USF

* Has coached 66 men’s and women’s NAIA track & field All-Americans

* Has led USF’s men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor teams to six NAIA top-25 team finishes

* Guided the women’s team to its best-ever NAIA indoor (14th) and outdoor (13th) championship performances in 2016

* Led the men’s squad to its highest national outdoor finish (19th) in 2015

Prior to USF

* Spent the 2011-12 campaign as head cross country and track & field coach at NCAA Division III Fontbonne University

* Enjoyed a successful stint as head cross country and track & field coach at Kansas Wesleyan University from 2007-11, coaching 40 NAIA national qualifiers and 20 All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference performers in men's and women's cross country and track & field

* Was named KCAC Coach of the Year on four occasions: women's cross country in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and women's indoor track & field in 2011

* Led Kansas Wesleyan to a pair of KCAC women's cross country championships (2009, 2010), while boasting five NAIA All-Americans in women's cross country, men's indoor and outdoor track & field, and women's indoor track & field

* Guided the 2010 Kansas Wesleyan women's cross country team to its first-ever national top-10 ranking

* Began his collegiate coaching career as head cross country and assistant track coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a post he held from 2005-07

* The first cross country coach in Calumet St. Joseph history

* Gained his initial coaching experience as assistant cross country and track coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, from 2003-05

* Earned a bachelor's degree in human services and social work from Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College in 2003

2016 Women's Cross Country Roster
Roster for 2016 Women's Cross Country Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Dani AuritJR Marseilles, Ill.Marquette
Gracie BallSR Batavia, Ill.Batavia
Morayma BarronFR Joliet, Ill.Joliet Central
Julia CaithamerSR Aurora, Ill.West Chicago
Taylor ConroyFR Marengo, Ill.Marengo
Catherine CrossonJR- Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield North
Stephanie CruzFR Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield South
Celine EspinozaJR Arlington, Wash.Lakewood
Mallory JohnsonJR- New Lenox, Ill.Lincoln-Way Central
Ashlee KnottJR- Washington, Ill.Washington
Lesley LopezJR- Lyons, Ill.Morton
Kayla RiceJR- Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield South
Bre RodriguezFR Dwight, Ill.Dwight
Daryll RodriguezSR Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
Lindsey SaynerJR- Winfield, IllWest Chicago
Calin WolcottFR Wilmington, Ill.Wilmington
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