Not only will the Heps Cross Country Championships have a new look this year, so will those who guide the team as there will be first-year head coaches all over — Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn and Yale.
Dartmouth recently elevated Mark Coogan — a 1996 Olympic marathoner — to head coach of the Big Green women’s cross country team. Last year, with Coogan serving as an assistant, the Big Green had five distance runners qualify for the NCAA East Regional. Freshman Abbey D’Agostino earned Dartmouth’s first All-America honor in women’s track in nine years by finishing third at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meters. That’s Coogan above, pictured with Olympic legend Kip Keino at a dinner in Ithaca, N.Y. The photo comes from LetsRun.com.
Brown named Mitchell Baker — formerly an assistant coach at Williams College — as its women’s cross country coach. In just four seasons with the Ephs, Baker coached 10 different All-Americans in middle-distance and distance events, including an NCAA champion at 5,000 meters. Baker himself was a three-time participant in the NCAA Championships at Williams, graduating in 2004.
Here is a look at the 2011 cross country coaches lineup: