Head Coach Erik "Ned" Nedeau

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The 2012 season will be the 16th as head coach for Erik “Ned” Nedeau, who has molded Amherst’s men's cross country program into one of the best in the region.

Nedeau 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 Amherst's 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. That same year, the men’s 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 2007 USTFCCCA National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

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.