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Head Coach Erik Nedeau

Head Coach Erik Nedeau
Head Coach Erik Nedeau

Erik Nedeau, affectionately know as Ned by his runners, is the head coach of the men's and women's track & field and cross country programs at Amherst College. He began coaching at Amherst in 1995 as a graduate intern, tutoring middle and long distance runners. In 1996, upon completion of his Masters 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, he 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.

In his first five seasons at Amherst, Ned has helped produce two NCAA Champions, 29 All-Americans, two Junior National medallists and a host of shattered school records, while every athlete to come through the program has left Amherst with a new personal best in his or her respective event. Ned's teams have risen from mediocrity in the NESCAC and New England region to programs of stature and respect.

As an runner, Ned was a Junior Olympic medallist in both the 400-hurdles and Decathlon during a distinguished high school career. In college, he was a five-time All-American at Division I Northeastern University in the 800 & 1500, and qualified for the NCAA cross country championships. In 1992 he was seventh in the 800 at the Olympic Trials running 1:46.19. Since graduating in 1994, he has been a top-runner for Team New Balance, winning a bronze medal in the 1500m at the 1995 World Indoor Championships and placing fourth in the 1500 at the 1996 Olympic Trials. With his innate ability and the experience gained through years of training and coaching top-flight runners, Ned offers a great deal to his athletes, and in turn the program.

Ned's individual coaching goals are, and continue to be, to provide the continuity, motivation, expertise and a training environment that will allow student-athletes to excel both on and off the track. He strives to be a positive influence - academically, socially, and athletically - and wants his athletes to leave Amherst with a strong sense of personal pride that carries over to schoolwork, marriage, a career, or any other challenges that life presents.

For the program and its long term success, Ned continues to provide the direction and focus that will ensure a strong future. Since his arrival, each of Ned's teams has experienced great success and a growth in interest from prospective student-athletes. With continued success and interest in the program at an all time high, he remains confident that Amherst track and field and cross country will surpass all that they have already accomplished in the past five seasons.

Assistant Coach John Adamson

Assistant Coach John Adamson
Assistant Coach John Adamson

Entering his fifth season as an assistant indoor and outdoor track coach at Amherst, John Adamson has mentored 15 different All-New England sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, including seven NCAA qualifiers (individually or as part of a relay) and an NCAA indoor and outdoor champion (triple-jumper Nicole Campbell '00), while his relay teams have become a regional power and a trademark of the program's recent resurgence.

Under Adamson's watchful eye, the Jeffs have produced seven different All-New England sprint-relay teams, a pair of Region Champions in the 4 x 400 relay and three new school sprint-relay records. A four-year track athlete and graduate of nearby Division I power UMass-Amherst, Adamson's coaching success lies in his battle-tested emphasis on teamwork and a philosophical approach to year-round training. His is married to the former Samantha Oates and lives in Amherst.

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