Stanford Names Andrew Gerard Head Men's Cross Country Coach

July 29, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University has announced the hiring of Andrew Gerard as head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track and field coach, athletic director Dr. Ted Leland announced today. In addition, Leland announced the promotion of Dena Evans to head women's cross country coach, Edrick Floreal to head women's track and field coach and Robert Weir to head men's track and field coach.

Gerard, who has served as the head men's track and cross country coach at the College of William and Mary since 1997, will be entering his second stint on The Farm. He served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Stanford from 1993-1996, and helped guide both the men's and women's cross country programs to NCAA Championships in 1996.

'We are very excited about Andrew returning to Stanford,' Leland said. 'He did an outstanding job during his time here, and will do great things with our cross country and track and field programs.'

Evans has served as assistant women's cross country and track and field coach the last four seasons. She is a 1996 graduate of Stanford, and earned three All-America honors as a middle distance runner on The Farm.

Floreal, who primarily works with Stanford's sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, just completed his fifth year on The Farm as associate head coach of the women's track and field program. He represented Canada in the triple jump at both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics, in addition to leading Arkansas to four NCAA team titles during his collegiate career.

Weir, who most recently served as the associate head coach for the men's track and field program, has worked with the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin throwers in his 10 seasons at Stanford.He is a three-time Olympian in the discus for Great Britain (1984, 1996 and 2000), and was selected as his nation's track and field team captain in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

'Dena, Edrick and Robert are all very deserving of the promotion to head coaching positions,' Leland said. 'We know they will continue the outstanding tradition of Stanford cross country and track and field.'

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Stanford University --- Named Andrew Gerard head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track and field coach. Promoted Dena Evans to head women's cross country coach, Edrick Floreal to head women's track and field coach and Robert Weir to head men's track and field coach.

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