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.
During his tenure with the indoor and outdoor track & field programs, Nedeau has played an integral role in the development of 17 individual national champions (12 women, 5 men), guiding the squads to a combined 11, top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
After an eighth place finish at the 1999 championships, Nedeau's men's indoor squad has returned to prominence as of late, recording consecutive back-to-back top-10 finishes, including a program record sixth-place showing in 2011. Not to be outdone, the women's indoor team tallied three top-10 finishes from 2004-07, including a program-best third-place ranking in 2005.
Nedeau's track & field squads have fared equally well in the spring's Outdoor Championships, with the men placing in the top-10 nationally in both 1998 and 1999, while the Lord Jeff women strung together three top-10 showings from 2004-07, culminating in a fourth-place finish during the 2007 campaign.
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.