Nov. 13, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s cross country head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Huskies to their first ever NCAA Championship and program-best No. 14 national ranking. Grove-McDonough, who has been at the helm of the Connecticut team for four years, was also a part of the UConn duo, joined by Nick Stenuf, which was honored as the 2012 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
"I am so thankful for the tremendous support I have received from all of my coaching peers and friends - I'm grateful and humbled by the award. It's a testament to the athletes that I coach and an award that belongs as much to them, if not more, than to me," Head Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough commented.
The Huskies earned the program’s first ever national recognition last year with a No. 29 ranking and have not slowed down since. Under Grove-McDonough the squad has been nationally ranked for three consecutive weeks and has continuously climbed the ranking ladder as they head into the final meet of the year in the fourteenth seat.
"What an honor for Andrea to be chosen coach of the year in cross country – for her colleagues to choose her is a testament to the respect she has garnered throughout the region. In some regard it validates what her team and staff already recognize. She will no doubt pass the recognition on to the young ladies who are so committed to her leadership. I feel there is more to come but for now UConn cross country is for real and the country is taking notice," stated Bill Morgan, supervisor of cross country/track and field.
In addition to reaching the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history, the Huskies posted their best finish at the BIG EAST Championships with team capturing the silver medal.
Grove-McDonough continues to bring in some of the best student-athletes in the sport, including leading runners Allison Lasnicki, Lauren Sara, Lindsay Crevoiserat and Julia Zrinyi. These four were joined by senior Shauna McNiff in earning All-Region honors after all five finished in the Top 25 at the Northeast Regionals last week out of 250 competitors.
The Huskies will head to Louisville for the NCAA Championship on Saturday, November 17 with the race beginning at noon at Tom Sawyer State Park.