Changes announced for cross country, track and field coaching duties

Changes announced for cross country, track and field coaching duties

Manchester University Director of Athletics has announced that Brian Cashdollar has been elevated to the title of Director of Cross Country and Track and Field and remains as the head coach of Spartans’ men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, while former assistant cross country and track and field coach Geoff Lambert moves up into the role of head men’s and women’s cross country coach. Lambert will also be involved as an assistant for track and field.

“It was a natural move with the recent success and growth across our cross country and track and field programs,” Espeset said. “I feel like this gives all teams the best options with two great men leading each program and being able to continue to work side-by-side.”

 MU’s cross country program has claimed a combined nine men’s and women’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles since 2009 due a run of five straight for the men (2009-2013) and four in a row for the women (2009-2012). The Spartans have also experienced success nationally in the span, as the men have earned berths to four NCAA Division III Championships (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013). The Black and Gold’s track and field programs are among the HCAC’s top tier, too, with outdoor women’s team titles in 2009 and 2015 and back-to-back women’s indoor NCAA Division III All-American awards in 2014 and 2015 as part of a combined five scoring national men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor teams at the NCAA Division III Championships since 2008.

“Obviously, we want to continue to build the legacy that Manchester University cross country and track and field has provided down through the years,” Cashdollar said. “We feel this situation will help us do that and even go beyond where we have been before. Geoff and I, along with the rest of our coaching staff, are extremely excited about the future.”