Leading the Next Chapter of Ivy Leaguers


There are going to be quite a few new faces among the coaching staff all across the Ivy League.  Four schools have made announcements of new coaches or promotions throughout the summer.  Here is the low-down of what is happening.

Michelle Eisenreich will not be the only new face joining Princeton’s women track & field/cross country programs this fall.  Reuben Jones and Brad Hunt will be joining her.  Jones – who formerly was an assistant coach at Columbia from 2012 to 2015 – has been tabbed as the assistant coach for the women’s sprints, hurdles, and jumps.  Jones previously worked with Eisenreich at during her tenure at Brown as he also was an assistant coach there from 2010 to 2012.  Hunt (shown above) will take the reins with the distance crew; he will be the head coach for the cross country program while act as the assistant coach for the middle and long distance events.  Hunt joins the Ivy League from Wake Forest.

For the Princeton men, Robert Abdullah received a “promotion” of sorts.  He was a volunteer coach for the Tiger’s sprint and hurdles for the last 12 years.  Now, he is officially an assistant coach for the program, replacing Marc Anderson.juli-benson-sm

The other school that has a number of new faces is Penn.  New faces include J.J. Hunter as an assistant coach for the sprints and horizontal jumps, Juli Benson as an assistant coach for the cross country and mid- to long-distance crews, and Jeff Pflaumbaum as an assistant coach for throws.  One face that will not be returning – Robin Martin.  Martin’s departure was announced in a Penn alumni e-mail newsletter.  No explanation of the departure was provided in the newsletter.  His program role will be filled by Benson, a former head cross country coach for the Air Force and professional coach for Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson.  Hunter comes to Philadelphia after tenures at the University of Miami, Florida International, and The College of New Jersey, while Pflaumbaum previously coached at nearby Temple University, Lehigh, and Swathmore College.

Jesse Chapman will be joining the Columbia program this fall.  Chapman will serve as an assistant coach and lead the jumping and multi-event program.  Chapman previously coached at Northeastern and has volunteered at Harvard during the 2014-15 season with the Crimson sprint/hurdle/jump/multi-event program.

Rich Bowman also received a new appointment this summer; he is now officially the Director of Cornell Track & Field/Cross Country.  He will remain the head coach for the women’s program.

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