Wilson and Tropiano Named All-Americans; Nedeau Grabs Coach of the Year Honors

Head Coach Ned Nedeau was named the USTFCCCA Women's National Coach of the Year as the Jeff women won the program's first national championship.
AMHERST, MA – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaching Association named the 2007 All-American and season-ending coaching award recipients this afternoon, tabbing a pair of Lord Jeff women and head coach Erik Nedeau for honors. Senior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) and junior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) were named 2007 All Americans, while Nedeau added to his list of accolades this season with the USTFCCCA National Women’s X-Country Coach of the Year.

Wilson capped an amazing senior season by finishing 12th individually at the NCAA Championships this weekend at St. Olaf in Minnesota. The captain was named the 2007 NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer this season after grabbing the NESCAC Performer of the Week on three different occasions. She was a First Team All-NESCAC selection and a USTFCCCA All-Region honoree as well.

Joining Wilson in the All American ranks is Tropiano. She was also a 2007 All-NESCAC First Team member and USTFCCCA All-Region honoree. Tropiano was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week for September 24 for her second place finish at the Purple Cow Classic at Williams College. The junior finished in 22nd place individually this weekend at the NCAA Championships, and will look to break into the top-15 next season.

Nedeau adds his third Coach of the Year award to this season’s resume, after repeating as the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the New England Regional Coach of the Year. In his 12th year at the head of the running programs of Amherst, Nedeau led the Lord Jeffs to seven first place results and two second place finishes this season. This year will go down in history as one of the best for the Amherst women’s team as the team captured their second consecutive NESCAC title on Oct. 27, followed by the program’s first ever regional crown on Nov. 10, and national championship on Nov. 17.

2007 Amherst Season in Review

9/8 – Amherst Invitational (Men: 1st, Women: 1st)
9/15 – UMASS-Dartmouth Invitational (Men: 4th, Women: 1st)
9/22 – Purple Valley Classic (Men: 2nd, Women: 1st)
10/6 – Open New England Championships (Men: 8th, Women: 2nd)
10/20 – Little III Championships (Men: 2nd, Women: 1st)
10/27 – NESCAC Championships (Men: 2nd, Women: 1st)
11/3 – ECAC Championships (Men: 6th, Women: 2nd)
11/10 – NCAA Atlantic Regional (Men: 1st, Women: 1st)
11/17 – NCAA Championship (Men: 12th, Women: 1st)