Head Coach Craig McVey Craig McVey became the first head coach of the Badger men’s and women’s outdoor track & field programs in the summer of 2012. McVey came to Spring Hill after enjoying 15 years as the associate head track & field coach at the University of Albany where he was part of 28 America East Conference (AEC) championships and three Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) titles McVey, who also served as the head coach of the Albany men’s and women’s cross country teams, saw his men’s squad win the AEC title in 2011 while his women’s team won back-to-back ECAC University Division (I) titles in 2010 and 2011. Previously the men’s and women’s cross country coach at the College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) during the 1996-97 season, his women’s team won the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) championship and the men finishing as the runner-up with Golden Knight runners claiming both individual titles. McVey began his collegiate coaching career in cross country and track & field at Kansas State in 1983. His athletes captured 18 Big Eight Conference titles and ranked as the top NCAA combined men’s and women’s program. He became the head men’s and women’s cross country and track coach at Hartwick College (N.Y.) in 1988 where his teams eclipsed 83 school records while producing 22 New York Collegiate individual champions during his tenure. McVey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. As an undergraduate student, McVey was a member of two Big Eight Conference indoor track & field championship teams and a Big Eight cross country championship team. He and his wife, Bette, have four children: Luke, Kirsten, Maggie and Tyler.
assistant COACH Joe Williams Joe Williams of Mobile concluded his fourth season as the head coach of the Spring Hill College men’s and women’s cross country teams in the fall of 2012. He previously served as the Director of Physical Education at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile where he also coached track, volleyball and soccer. While at St. Luke’s, he played an instrumental role in establishing cross country as a CMSAA sport and organized the school’s first track club. From 2004 to 2008, Williams was an assistant track coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School where he also served as the junior varsity track coach. He was an Activities Therapist with Mobile Mental Health from 1993 to 1999, and prior to that career, he was an assistant track coach at the University of South Alabama in 1986-87 where he worked primarily with sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
PREVIEW 2013 After a year of anticipation, the Spring Hill College Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field teams are ready to launch their debut seasons. SHC head coach Craig McVey is excited to get his first crop of Badger runners on the track. “We’re proud of how hard everyone has worked on both teams,” he said. “The squads are just excited to get going after a long year of preparation and waiting.” For a first-year program, the Badgers feature a strong roster that is surprisingly deep. On the men’s side, McVey points to his middle distance runners as the team’s strength. Junior Fritz Boudreaux of Pensacola, Fla., sophomores Ben Fleming from Metairie, La., Connor Read of Pascagoula, Miss., and John Russell of Cullman, Ala., will join freshmen Brennan McLean of Baton Rouge, La., and Jordan Travis from Poplarville Miss., as the heart of the Spring Hill middle distance roster. In sprints and relays, sophomore Minh Nguyen of Oneonta, Ala., will team with freshmen Greg Hardnett from St. Louis, Mo., Melin Portillo of Metairie, Phillip Travis of Poplarville and Robert Treuting of Alexandria, La., to form the core of the Badger runners. Freshman Patrick Lameka from Chicago, Ill., will specialize in distance events as Boudreaux and Russell will also compete in those areas. Freshmen Wesley Pietri from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile and Lorenzo Abdur-Rahim of Marietta, Ga., will run hurdles and compete in the jumping events. Nguyen will also participate in jumps for the Badgers. McVey looks for junior Harrison McNab of Kenner, La., and freshman Justin Rooks of Murphy High School in Mobile to handle throws while Boudreaux and Pietri will also attempt the field events. The Spring Hill women will also be strong in middle distance, but McVey is confident that his sprinters and relay teams will be ready to perform. Junior Emily Dolan from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile will run middle distance along with her sister freshman Katie Dolan and freshman Makena Lidie of Lake Forest, Calif. In sprints and relays, senior Kiearstan Carter from Murphy High, sophomore Lauren Rubin from Lake Bluff, Ill., and Elissa Barahona of New Orleans, La., look to lead the Badger pack joined by Emily Dolan in the relays. Junior Anna DeWine from Cedarville, Ohio, and freshman Anna Gable of McGill-Toolen will cover the distance events for the Badgers with Gable also participating in the steeple chase. Sophomore Esperanza Pace of Murphy High will tackle the throws for Spring Hill while the Dolan sisters and senior Yiting Cao from Shanghai, China, will attempt the jumps. “Obviously we are a very young team,” said McVey. “This first meet will be a time for us to make adjustments and get our feet under us before we begin to look toward the conference meet in three weeks.”