Nov. 5, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's cross country staff was named BIG EAST Women's Cross Country Staff of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches on Saturday, Nov. 2, following the capture of the women's BIG EAST Championship title.
Head Coach Ray Treacy and Assistant Coach Kevin Myles were named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the women's program to their sixth BIG EAST title. Treacy and Myles have led the women to an impressive season thus far, claiming five of the seven races they have competed in.
Those five wins included an impressive first place finish at the Boston College Invitational, which housed the reigning 2012 Division I National Champions, third-ranked Oregon, as well as No. 9 Cornell and No. 24 Boston College. The two also led the women to a third place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, one of the most competitive meets of the season, on Oct. 19.
In 30 seasons, Treacy has been one of the nation's most successful coaches, coaching 59 All-Americans, who have received 159 All-America accolades. He has also coached 13 NCAA individual champions in cross country and track, 44 BIG EAST individual champions and 11 Olympians. In addition, his teams have captured one NCAA Cross Country Championship, 12 NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, 21 BIG EAST Cross Country titles and 20 New England Championships.
As the men's track head coach and the assistant coach of the cross country and women's track teams, Myles is at the halfway point of his fourth season with the Friars. He has contributed in capturing two individual BIG EAST titles, one cross country BIG EAST title, four All-Americans, four indoor track and field BIG EAST titles, one Northeast Regional cross country title (guiding that team to a second place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, its highest finish since 1995 when they won the title).
"It is a great honor to receive this award and it is a result of great performances by our women's team this year, especially at the conference championships on Saturday," Treacy shared.
Treacy and Myles will continue to push for success as the men's and women's cross country teams compete at the Northeast Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 15 in Bronx, N.Y. at Van Cortlandt Park. The two teams will look to qualify for the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships to be held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23.