Erik "Ned" Nedeau, Men's Head Coach
The 2011 season will be the 15th as head coach for Erik “Ned” Nedeau, who has molded Amherst’s cross country programs into regional and national contenders.
Ned began coaching at Amherst in 1995 as a graduate intern, tutoring middle- and long-distance runners. In 1996, upon completion of his master's 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.
Nedeau brought his cross country programs to new heights in 2007, as the women’s team won the NCAA Championship just one year after finishing as the runner-up, marking the school’s fourth national title. That same year, the men’s cross country team won the NCAA Regional Championship for the first time ever and would go on to place 12th at the national championships, marking the program’s best-ever finish. For his efforts, Nedeau was named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2007. The women’s team has placed in the top-20 at the NCAA Championships eight times since 2000, including six appearances in the top-10.
Nedeau was tabbed NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007, as his teams have consistently excelled at the Conference Championships. While the men’s team earned four consecutive top-three finishes from 2006-09, the women’s team took home the program’s first two conference titles in 2006 and 2007, adding individual NESCAC crowns in 2007 (Heather Wilson ’08), 2008 (Elise Tropiano ’09) and 2009 (Sophia Galleher ’10).
Nedeau has been inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame (2008) and the Northeastern University Athletic Hall of Fame (2001). A six-time state champion for Kennebunk High School and a five-time All-American at Northeastern, 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. He earned a bronze medal at the 1995 World Championships and competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, and he still runs competitively.
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.