Entering his 12th season, head coach Erik Nedeau has molded the men's and women's cross country and track programs into perennial regional and national contenders, while consistently coaching Amherst runners to personal records and higher levels of achievement. Since taking the reigns in 1995, Nedeau has coached several NCAA Champions and dozens of All-America performances, two Junior National medalists, and numerous New England, NESCAC and ECAC Champions. The 2006-07 season may have been his best yet, as the women’s cross country team won the Little III, NESCAC and ECAC championships, finishing just one point behind Middlebury College for a national championship. For his team’s success, “Ned” was named the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. In the spring, the Amherst women’s track and field team placed fourth at the national championships, with the Jeffs earning seven All-America performances, including three national titles for standout Shauneen Garrahan.
Nedeau utilizes a unique blend of knowledge and experience to push his programs to new heights. In addition to coaching, Ned has established himself as one of the top middle distance runners in the nation, earning a bronze medal in the World Championships in 1995 and, most recently, competing at the 2004 Olympic Trials. He was also a five-time All-American at Division I Northeastern University and was recently inducted into Northeastern's Athletic Hall of Fame. Nedeau and his wife, the former Amy Lyman, were married in the summer of 2003.