Head Coach Erik "Ned" Nedeau
Erik "Ned" Nedeau began coaching at Amherst in 1995 as a graduate intern, tutoring middle- and long-distance runners. In 1996, upon completion of his Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts, he remained at Amherst as a cross country and track assistant coach. During the outdoor season, with the former head coach's departure, Nedeau was named the head coach for the 1997-98 season and has been at the helm of the track and cross country programs ever since.
Entering his 12th season as head coach, 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 brought the program to new heights, 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.
The 2006 season was quickly topped, however, when in 2007 Amherst won the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship to mark the first national title in program history and the fourth in school history. “Ned” has been named the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in each of the past two seasons and last year was tabbed the USTFCCCA National Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In the spring of 2007, 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 '07.
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, and on December 27th, 2005 welcomed Lukas Jay Nedeau into the world of running.
In October of 2008, Nedeau will be inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame. Nedeau was a six-time state champion for Kennebunk High School, and a five-time All-American at Northeastern. Among his accomplishments, Nedeau holds the Maine high school records for the 300, 400 and 600-meter runs, and is the first person from the state to run a sub-four minute mile. Read more about the indunction by clicking here.