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Head Coach Erik Nedeau
NedsbigErik 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 medalists and a host of shattered school records, while every athlete to come through the program has 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 medalist 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-flite 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 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, both of Ned's teams have experienced great success and a growth in interest from prospective student-athletes. With continued succes and interest in the program at an all time high, he is confident that Amherst track and field and cross country will surpass all that they have already accomplished in the past five seasons.

Assistant Coach Sarah Hann
Sarah Hann enters her third season at Amherst after a short stint as an assistant coach at her alma-mater Wesleyan University, where she graduated in 1995. Hann was a two-time track and cross country All-American at Wesleyan, earning a bevy of New England and ECAC titles for the Cardinals, and still holds a variety of middle-distance and cross country school-records.

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