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Head Coach Erik Nedeau

Head Coach Erik Nedeau
Head Coach Erik Nedeau

Entering his ninth season, head coach Erik Nedeau has molded the men's and women's track and cross country programs into perennial regional and national contenders, while consistently coaching Amherst runners to personal records and higher levels of achievement. Since taking the reins in 1995, Nedeau has coached a trio of NCAA Champions, 40 All-America performances, two Junior National medallists, and numerous New England, NESCAC and ECAC Champions. In fact, every runner to come through the program has left Amherst with a new personal best time in his or her respective event. Nedeau utilizes a unique blend of knowledge and experience to push his programs to new heights. In addition to coaching, "Ned" has established himself as one of the top middle distance runners in the nation, earning a bronze medal in the World Championships in 1995 and competing at the Olympic Trials. He was also a five-time All-American at Division I Northeastern University and was recently inducted into Northeastern's Athletic Hall of Fame. Nedeau and his wife, the former Amy Lyman, were married in the summer of 2003.

Assistant Coach John Adamson

Assistant Coach John Adamson
Assistant Coach John Adamson

Entering his seventh season as an assistant indoor and outdoor track coach at Amherst, John Adamson has mentored 31 different All-New England sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, including 13 NCAA qualifiers (individually or as part of a relay), three All-Americans 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 21 different All-New England sprint-relay teams, a pair of Region Champions in the 4x400 relay and six new school sprint-relay records, including breaking a 32-year-old men's outdoor 4x400 record in 2001 and the women's indoor 4x400 mark in 2003. 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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