Friars head to New York City with several strong performances on resume.
Arguably one of the top coaches in the country, Ray Treacy embarks on his 26th season as Director of Cross Country and Track Operations at Providence College. In his 25 years at Providence, Treacy has coached 134 All-Americans, 11 NCAA individual champions, 142 BIG EAST individual champions and 13 Olympians. In addition, his teams have captured one NCAA Cross Country Championship, 11 NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, 16 BIG EAST Cross Country titles and 20 New England Championships. Treacy's road to success began when he was a student-athlete at Providence College. A 1982 graduate of the College, Treacy is very committed to the success of PC's cross country and track programs. His knowledge of conditioning and training has moved the Friars' cross country and track programs into national prominence since he took over as head coach in 1984. Success and Ray Treacy have been synonymous at Providence College. Besides his long lists of BIG EAST, ECAC, IC4A and New England Champions, Treacy was instrumental in putting together the 4 X 1,500 meter relay team that set the world record at the Penn Relays in 1991. For his achievements, he was named Rhode Island Words Unlimited Coach of the Year for 1991. In 1995, Treacy's women's cross country squad completed its incredible season by capturing its first NCAA title. Prior to winning the NCAA title, the women's squad also won its first BIG EAST and ECAC championships. In recognition of his efforts, Treacy was named NCAA Division I Women's National Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, Rhode Island Words Unlimited Women's Coach of the Year and NCAA District I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2008-09, the men's and women's cross country teams thrived under pressure at the NCAA Championship. At the NCAA Regionals held at Van Cortlandt Park, the women clinched the title and a qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships, while the men placed second also qualifying for the Championships. The women Friars' 2008 NCAA Championship appearance marked the 20th consecutive appearance for the Friars, the longest stretch in the history of NCAA women's cross county. Going into the NCAA's the teams were ranked the lowest they had been all year; the women were ranked 20th and the men were ranked 28th. The women, led by All-American senior Danette Doetzel finished 13th - 7 places higher than their predicted ranking. Doetzel claimed her fourth All-America honor by placing 31st individually. The men enjoyed similar success, finishing 20th-overall - 8 places higher than their ranking. Sophomore David McCarthy capped off an outstanding season by finishing 19th individually. During the indoor season, three Friars claimed BIG EAST titles and All-America honors. On the men's side, the duo of David McCarthy and Hayden McLaren each claimed a BIG EAST title; McCarthy won the 3,000 meters and McLaren claimed the 1,000 meters. The two runners qualified for the NCAA Championships in the mile, where McCarthy placed third and McLaren finished fourth. Under the guidance of Treacy, the two men established themselves as the number three and four fastest milers ever to run at Providence. For the women, Danette Doetzel concluded her final indoor track season with the Friars. She claimed the BIG EAST title in the 3,000 meters and went on to claim her fifth All-America honor at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 5,000 meters. In 2006-07, the men's and women's cross country teams enjoyed stellar seasons. Both teams were crowned BIG EAST Champions and finished among the top-10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The women's team captured a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA's, while the Friar men finished ninth. PC's success at the BIG EAST Championship helped to mark the 11th men's, and fifth women's BIG EAST team titles under Treacy's guidance. Providence has captured a total of 20 BIG EAST team titles in cross country (15 men's and five women's). On the men's side, Martin Fagan won the individual BIG EAST title and completed the season with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA's. Aine Hoban finished second at the BIG EAST Championship for the women and seventh at the NCAA's. Fagan and Hoban each earned All-America honors for their efforts. At the conclusion of the BIG EAST Championships, Treacy and his assistants were honored as BIG EAST Staff of the Year in both men's and women's cross country. At season's end, Fagan was honored by the USTFCCCA as the Division I Northeast Region Male Athlete of the Year. During the indoor and outdoor track seasons, three Friars won a total of four BIG EAST individual titles led by Max Smith who claimed two individual championships in the mile (indoor) and 1,500 meters (outdoor). Hoban (5,000 meter indoor) and Fagan (3,000 meter indoor) were PC's other BIG EAST individual champions on the year. Hoban, Smith and Fagan also earned All-America honors during the track seasons. Hoban led the way having earned All-America recognition in the 5,000 meters (indoor) and 10,000 meters (outdoor). Fagan claimed All-American honors in the 3,000 meters (indoor) and Smith was recognized in the 1,500 meters (outdoor). Prior to the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Smith was named USTFCCCA Division I Northeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Seven PC All-Americans were crowned during the 2005-06 season as the Friars continued their tradition of success. Fagan finished 16th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships to earn his first All-America honor. On the women's side, senior Fiona Crombie also was tabbed as an All-American with a 14th-place finish as the women's cross country team made its 17th consecutive trip to the NCAA's. During the indoor track season, senior Mary Cullen finished second in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA's, leading Providence to a tie for 26th-place and earning her fifth All-America accolade. The men's team was led by junior All-American Max Smith who placed sixth in the mile at the NCAA's. Treacy also led Fagan and Cullen to BIG EAST titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters as both were named Most Outstanding Performers at the BIG EAST Championships. The outdoor track season was another milestone for Providence. Running in her final race, Cullen won the 5,000 meters at the NCAA's and became the 11th NCAA champion to be coached by Treacy. Cullen's performance led to Providence finishing in a tie for 25th-place, the highest result of any BIG EAST team. The men's team recorded its highest finish ever at the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, placing 16th, which also was the best of any BIG EAST team. Fagan placed second in the 10,000 meters, while Smith finished third in the 1,500 meters as both earned All-America honors. The 2004-05 season proved to be another banner year for Treacy's teams. The women's cross country team placed third at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season and captured its fourth BIG EAST title. The team was paced by Kim Smith, who capped off her brilliant career at PC by winning the NCAA Championship. Treacy also guided both the men's and women's cross country teams to the NCAA Northeast Regional title as he was named the regional coach of the year. The men's cross country team made its 10th consecutive appearance at the NCAA's and finished 21st. The team also won its 24th New England crown. During the outdoor track season, the women's team qualified for the NCAA Championships as Mary Cullen and Fiona Crombie each earned All-America honors. Cullen placed third in the 10,000 meters, while Crombie finished sixth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. On the men's side, Martin Fagan, Liam Reale and Max Smith each qualified for the NCAA's. In 2003-04, the women's cross country team finished third at the NCAA Championships with juniors Kim Smith and Mary Cullen leading the way. Smith finished second overall, while Cullen took fifth-place to earn All-America honors. Providence was the only team to have two runners finish in the top five. The women's team also won their third Northeast Regional title as Treacy was named Northeast Regional Coach of the Year for the seventh time since 1990. In the indoor season, Smith continued to shine as she became the first Providence female athlete to capture two NCAA titles in the same meet. She won the 3,000 and 5,000 meters in NCAA record time. Smith helped the Friars to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA's, the team's best performance since 1992 when the Friars placed fourth. Smith's time of 15:14.18 in the 5,000 meters shattered the previous NCAA record of 15:17.28, which was set in 1991. In the 3,000 meters, Smith also set a NCAA record, finishing the race in 8:49.18 and eclipsing the old record of 8:53.54, which was set in 1983. On the men's side, Adam Sutton earned All-America honors by placing eighth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships. During the outdoor track season, Smith also won the 5,000 meters to claim her third NCAA individual title. In all, Smith set three NCAA records and four Providence College records. In 1996, three athletes, who trained under Treacy's guidance at Providence, became PC's first female track stars to compete in the Olympics. Sinead Delahunty (1,500 meters), Marie McMahon (5,000 meters) and Amy Rudolph (5,000 meters) all competed in Atlanta, Ga. Treacy had three former athletes compete in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Delahunty (1,500 meters), Rudolph (5,000 meters) and Mark Carroll (5,000 meters) all ran in the 2000 Games. Kim Smith, Marie McMahon, Maria McCambridge and Mark Carroll competed in the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kim Smith (10,000 meters), Roisin McGettigan (3,000 meter steeplechase) and Martin Fagan '07 (Marathon) all competed. The brother of 1984 Olympic silver medalist, John Treacy, Ray collected All-America honors three times during his college career. He was also the New England cross country champion twice and won the indoor 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships three times. The talented distance runner was also the IC4A Champion in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, respectively. Treacy was the Friars' team captain as a junior and senior. The former Irish national junior champion and a past member of the Irish National Cross Country Team, Treacy currently resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Michael (22) and Liam (19).