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Andrew Begley joined the University of Connecticut cross country and track and field programs as a volunteer assistant coach in September 2013. He serves as an assistant cross country and distance coach for the Huskies.
During his first cross country season, Begley helped the Huskies to 4 top three finishes as a team. He also helped to guide Emily Durgin, Brigitte Mania, and Abby Mace to their first All-Conference honors, as the team finished 3rd at the 2013 American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship.
Begley joins the Huskies after spending the last six years in Beaverton, Oregon. In Beaverton, he served as head cross country/distance coach at Westview High School and coached a group of professional women. Begley took the program from finishing last in the conference to being consistently ranked in the top 10 in the state. In 2012 his athletes took the top two slots in the 800 at the Oregon State meet, and helped to win the state 4x400 title. In 2013, he guided Alec Smith to a 2nd state title, and to an 8th place finish at the US Junior Championships.
In his career as a high school coach, Begley has guided 7 athletes to 18 state titles (in Indiana, Louisiana, and Oregon). He also coached 3 athletes that qualified for the Footlocker Cross Country Championships. With professional athletes, he has helped four women qualify for the US Championships. He also coached a USATF national road champion.
In 2001, Begley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Exercise Science/Pre-Medical. He was a member of the Dean's List and an Academic All-American throughout his undergraduate career. After graduating from Arkansas, he earned a Masters in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University.
As an athlete at the University of Arkansas, Begley earned three All-Americans and ten All-SEC honors as a member of 9 NCAA Championship and 12 Southeastern Conference Championship teams. He won an SEC indoor title in the Indoor 5,000 Meters in 2000. His top NCAA finish in cross country was in 1999, when he finished 7th. Begley capped off his career at Arkansas by qualifying for the 2000 United States Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters where he finished 16th.
As a prep, Begley ran for Westview High School (Topeka, Indiana), where he won one cross country, two 3200 meter, and one 1600 meter state titles. He was also an All-American athlete, finishing 4th at the 1995 Footlocker Cross Country National Championships.