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Meet Head Coach Greg Roy

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 his tenure.

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 throw.

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.


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