Providence College Director of Cross Country & Track Operations Ray Treacy Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension

Aug. 4, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Associate Vice President/Athletics Director Robert G. Driscoll, Jr. announced that Director of Cross Country & Track Operations Ray Treacy has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the Friars through 2013. Driscoll made the announcement on Monday August 4,2008. "We are pleased to extend the contract of Coach Treacy", Driscoll said. "Ray has been at the college for nearly 30 years as a student-athlete, coach and mentor and he has excelled in all capacities. His programs have consistently succeeded at both the regional and national levels and the future of our cross country and track and field programs look bright."

Treacy, who embarks on his 25th season as Director of Cross Country and Track Operations at Providence College, has established himself as one of the most successful coaches across the nation in cross country and track and field. In his 24 years at Providence, Treacy has coached 129 All-Americans, 11 NCAA individual champions, 134 BIG EAST individual champions and 13 Olympians. In addition, his teams have captured one NCAA Cross Country Championship, ten NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, 16 BIG EAST Cross Country titles and 20 New England Championships.

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 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 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 placed seventh 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). 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.

In addition to team titles, Treacy has coached 129 All-Americans, 11 individual national champions, 134 BIG EAST champions and 13 Olympians. In the 2007-08 season, Treacy added two more athletes to the list of All-Americans as Ahmed Haji `08 (West Hartford, Conn.) and Danette Doetzel `09 (Maklin, Sask.) achieved the honor in cross country, as well as Doetzel in the 10,000 meters during the outdoor track season. In additon to the All-Americans, three of Treacy's former athletes will be competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kim Smith '05 (Aukland, New Zealand), Roisin McGettigan '03 (Wicklow, Ireland) and Martin Fagan '07 (Mullingar, Ireland) each have earned a trip to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games August 8-24. A 1982 graduate of Providence College and 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 currently resides in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Micheal and Liam.

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