About Amherst Men's Cross Country and Track & Field

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The Coaching Staff

Erik "NED" Nedeau - Head Coach

Erik Nedeau, or "Ned" to everyone, is the head coach of the men's track & field and cross country programs at Amherst College. Ned began coaching here in 1995 as a graduate intern, coaching the 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 the assistant for cross country and track. He was named the head coach for the 1997-98 seasons and has been at the helm of the track and cross country programs. The summer of 2011 marked a significant change in the program, as the programs were split and Ned has been able to focus solely on the men's program. During his track and cross country coaching tenure at Amherst College, the program won its first ever National Championship in Women's XC during the 2007 season; 2 Athletes have been named Athletes of the Year; 2 Athletes have been named USTFCCCA Scholar Athletes of the Year and Ned has coached Six NCAA Champions (17 titles between them), over 100 All-American performances and Two Junior National medalists.  As an athlete, Ned was a Junior Olympic medalist in both the 400 Hurdles and Decathlon during high school. In college, he was a five time All-American at Division I Northeastern University in the 800 & 1500, along with competing at the NCAA cross country championships. In 1992 he was 7th in the 800 at the Olympic Trials running 1:46.19. Since he graduated in 1994, he has run for Team New Balance. He was a bronze medalist in the 1500m at the 1995 World Indoor Championships, as well as placing 4th in the 1500 at the 1996 Olympic Trials. With his abilities and the experience that he has gained over the years, Ned offers a great deal to his athletes in the program.  Ned and Amy got married in the summer of 2003, and have an 9 year old son - Lukas -and they live in nearby Belchertown


Assistant Coaches

Luke Maher - XC and Mid / Long Distance / Meet Director

Luke will be entering his fourth season as assistant for the Men’s XC and Track teams working with the Middle and Long Distance runners, as well as XC. Luke graduated from Tufts University with a double major in History and Africana Studies and while running at Tufts, Luke was integral member to the teams 2012-13 XC & Track NESCAC Championship victories as well as the team’s success at the National level. He was also a two-time member of the NESCAC All Sportsmanship Team. In addition to his running at the collegiate level, Luke has spent extensive time training and working with runners in Iten, Kenya. He is a USTFCCCA Level 1 Coach as well as Strength & Conditioning Certified


The NESCAC Conference

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is an affiliation amongst Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams. The voluntarily upheld regulations and scheduling agreements allow each institution to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence while providing outstanding opportunities for the student-athlete to pursue athletic excellence. The schools in the NESCAC's are among the top schools in the nation, athletically and academically. Competition amongst the schools is intense, as year in and year out, NESCAC programs and individuals, are vying for National Championships. The NESCAC Championships are held each year at a rotating venue - this year's XC being held on October 29th at Colby while Track will be at Bowdoin on April 29th

The Little Three

Amherst is proud to be a part of the Little Three conference with Wesleyan and Williams. The Little Three is considered to be one of the most prestigious small college rivalries in the country. The Little Three also represents one of the east coast's oldest and most intense competitions. The Amherst-Williams-Wesleyan series is regarded as the nations top small school rivalry - GO AMHERST!! The Little Three Meet is again indoors and being hosted by Wesleyan on January 14th. In the fall, Wesleyan will be doing the honors of putting on the race on October 15th.

Athletics at Amherst College

Amherst College is a Division III member of the NCAA, which means that we are not able to provide athletic scholarships and we compete under the auspices of both the NCAA and NESCAC rules and regulations. There are 27 varsity sports at Amherst to go along with numerous club sports, and an extremely popular intramural sports program. For information about the athletics program or specific sports and their respective coaches at Amherst College, please contact our Sports Information Department's web site. This site contains information about all of our varsity and club sports at Amherst, including schedules, results, coaches, late breaking news and much more.

Directions to Amherst College

Please click on the following link for directions to Amherst College - Directions - which will bring you to the admissions office which is right next door to the Alumni Gym which is where the office is located - Room 1226. The outdoor track is located directly across the street from the Alumni Gym Parking Lot - follow Hitchcock road to the end (200 yards) and you will be at the Lumley Track. The cross country course starts and finishes on the upper athletic fields located directly behind the gym, and goes out on the trails to and from the mile long field loop.