University of Connecticut head menís track and field coach
Greg Roy led the school to one of its most outstanding seasons in 2001-02, as
the Huskieds captured both the BIG EAST indoor and outdoor championships.
This season, Roy enters his 18th year as head coach of the
UConn menís cross country team and his 14th at the helm of the menís track and
field squad. Along the way, he has been able to elevate a national caliber
program to prominence at the conference, regional and national levels, and his
squads have produced a remarkable 195-30-2 record in dual competitions during
The 2001-2002 season featured much of the same success that
has been synonymous with the Husky program under Roy. For the eighth-
consecutive year, the program boasted an All-American as four athletes were
awarded the honor. Dan Wilson garnered All-America status three times to become
the first five-time All-American in UConn history. Wilson finished 14th at the
NCAA cross country championships, eighth in the indoor track mile run and
registered the fifth All-America title at the outdoor track and field
championships, finishing ninth in the 1,500 meter run. Joe Mendel finished among
the top eight in the indoor 400-meter dash to claim the honor, while Paul Pisano
and Will Thomas earned their All-America status at the outdoor championships.
Pisano earned a 12th place finish in the javelin and Thomas competed in the
decathlon, finishing eighth with a school record 7,630 points. The squad claimed
the BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor Championships, finishing with a record of 10-0-1
in dual meets. In addition, the team successfully defended the New England
Indoor Championship title.
Throughout his tenure at UConn, Roy has established a solid
foundation for the cross country and track and field programs. With the addition
of new indoor and outdoor facilities in the past six years, the program
now has the tools to match the ambitions of Roy and his Huskies. The gradual
improvement over the years and recent success should be a springboard for
building an even greater tradition of success in the future.
Roy, 45, came to Connecticut in May of 1985, accepting the
post as head coach of cross country and assistant coach of track and field. He
added responsibilities as UConn head track and field coach in 1989-90 and his
first team won the New England Indoor Track and Field Championship. For his
efforts, Roy and his assistants were named the New England and NCAA District I
Staff of the Year.
In the fall of 1990, Roy and his cross country squad were in
the national spotlight, finishing 10th in the nation at the NCAA Division I
National Championship meet while also winning the IC4A Championship. UConn ended
the year ranked No. 12 in the nation and Roy helped produce UConnís fifth cross
country All-American, Andy Ball, who finished seventh at the NCAA Championship
meet. Following the 1990 season, Roy was honored as the NCAA District I and New
England Cross Country Coach of the Year. The Huskies followed up that effort
with a solid 1991 season which saw the Huskies capture the Connecticut
Intercollegiate Championship (CIC) and finish second at the New England
Championship. The 1992 Huskies duplicated their CIC and New England Championship
performances of a year before and finished sixth at the IC4A Championship.
Royís 1993-94 indoor track and field squad began UConnís
current dominance in New England collegiate circles when the Huskies won their
first of eight consecutive New England Indoor Championships. Connecticut would
also claim a pair of fourth place finishes at the BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor
Championships and tie for third at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship. Roy
was honored as the 1993-94 NCAA District I Indoor Track Coach of the Year.
In 1994-95, UConn repeated as New England Indoor Track and
Field Champion while placing third (outdoor) and fourth (indoor and cross
country) at the BIG EAST Championships.
The 1995-96 UConn track and field squad posted an overall
dual meet record of 21-1-1 while winning its third New England Indoor
Championship, finishing second at the BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor Championship,
and placed second at the IC4A Indoor Championship and fourth at the IC4A Outdoor
meet. Roy was honored as the NCAA District I Outdoor Track and Field Coach of
the Year and the staff was named BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track and Field
Staff of the Year.
In 1996-97,Roy led the Huskies to a spotless 15-0 record in
dual meet competition. UConn won its second BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field
Championship (the first coming in 1980) and added their fourth consecutive New
England Indoor title while also placing second at the IC4A Indoor Championship.
Roy was named the 1996-97 NCAA District I Indoor Track and Field Coach of the
Year and Roy and his staff made it two years in a row as the BIG EAST Indoor
Track and Field Staff of the Year. The 1996-97 academic year also saw Roy
complete his guidance of UConnís four-time All-American hurdler Dudley Dorival
who earned All-America status in 1995, 1996 (twice) and 1997.
The 1997-98 UConn squad posted a dual meet mark of 27-1
overall while making it five years in a row as champion of the New England
Indoor Track and Field Championship. Travis Landreth earned All-America status
in cross country and Steve Santoli was an All-American in the 35-pound weight
In 1998-99, the Huskies captured their sixth-straight New
England Indoor Championship and finished third in the BIG EAST Championships at
both the indoor and outdoor meets. During the indoor season, Roy and his staff
produced yet another All-American, thrower Ray Wilks. Under Roy's direction, the
Huskies recorded a regular season meet record of 21-3 (12-3 indoor and 9-0
outdoor) and Roy was named District 1 Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Along with a pair of New England titles in 1999-2000, Roy led
the Huskies to an overall record of 21-1, a runner-up performance at the BIG
EAST Outdoors and a third place finish at the indoor edition of the meet. During
the indoor season, four more All-Americans were added to the school list as the
distance medley relay team of Haven Barnes, Elliott Blount, Kevin Jensen and Dan
Wilson finished fourth at the NCAA national championships with a 9:33.85. Roy
added to his list of achievements by being selected by his peers as the United
States Track Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year following
both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Over the last five years, UConn track teams
are 96-8 (51-5 indoor and 45-3 outdoor) in regular season meets.
A native of East Brunswick, N.J., Roy earned his bachelorís
degree from the University of Rochester in 1978, where he held the school record
in the 200 and 400-meter runs. He added a masterís degree in Sport Management
from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1982. At UMass, he was also the
assistant track and cross country coach.
Roy lives in Lebanon with his wife, Natalie, their daughter
Kathryn and son Michael.