Ray Treacy
    Ray Treacy
    Player Profile
    Position:
    Head Coach

    The highly successful Providence College track and cross country programs are once again led by Ray Treacy. Now in his 16th season as the Friars' running mentor, Treacy ranks among the nation's top coaches.

    The success of the Friars under Ray Treacy is no accident. Success and Ray Treacy have been synonymous since his days as a student 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 and was New England Women's Division One Cross Country Coach of the Year.

    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. Last fall, Treacy's men's cross country team again proved it was one of the top programs in the country by capturing its league leading 13th BIG EAST title, 19th New England Championship, second NCAA Northeast Regional Championship and finishing 10th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. After the team's highly successful 1998 season, Treacy was named NCAA District I Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. It marked the 10th consecutive year he has earned District 1 Women's Coach of the Year honors.

    In addition to the men's success, Treacy guided his women's team to a 14th place finish at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championship. The Friars also qualified for the NCAA Championship by winning the NCAA Northeast Championship. The women's squad, which has won three BIG EAST Cross Country titles, also finished strong in conference action by winning its eighth New England Championship and placing third of 13 teams at the 1998 BIG EAST Championship.

    A 1982 graduate of Providence 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 the reins in 1984. In fact, he has used his expertise to produce more than 90 All-America athletes in his 15 years as a head coach. Last year, Treacy again saw his athletes turn in outstanding performances in a variety of events. The men's and women's track teams continued their individual successes. Treacy saw his top female runner, world-class athlete Sara Dupre, earn her third and fourth All-America honors during the track seasons. Dupre also captured the BIG EAST individual cross country title and the indoor track 3,000 meter crown. Academically, Gladys Ganiel graduated as one of the top student-athletes ever at PC. The six-time GTE Academic All-American was named the female recipient of the 1999 NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship and the 1999 BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

    On the men's side, Ben Noad and Keith Kelly earned All-America accolades in cross country last season. Noad also captured the BIG EAST individual cross country title in 1998. A native of Villierstown, Ireland, Treacy has used his Irish roots to keep a steady stream of talented runners coming to the Rhode Island school. This year is no different as nine talented runners from Ireland will join the Friars along with several top notch American prep standouts. 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 has now coached five runners who have appeared in various Olympics.

    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. The Friars' team captain as a junior and senior, Ray was a two-time Academic All-America selection. 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 (12) and Liam (9).

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