Head Coach Erik Nedeau
In 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, ECAC, and NCAA Champions. The current year may go down as Nedeau's best season of record. During the fall, "Ned" coached the women's cross country team to a NESCAC Championship, the men's and women's team to NCAA Regional Championships, and the women's side to the program's first ever NCAA National Championship. After last year's fourth place finish for the Lord Jeff women's track team last season, the squad shows promise heading into the 2008 season.
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.