Andrew Gerard Accepts Head Coaching Job at George Mason University

Aug. 13, 2005

Fairfax, Va - Andrew Gerard, who coached the Stanford men's cross country team to the 2003 NCAA title, has accepted the position of head coach of the men's track & field team at George Mason University.

Gerard, who helped mold the Cardinal into a national power during his first tenure on The Farm from 1993-96, returned to Stanford to serve as Head Men's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track & Field Coach for the past two seasons. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year both seasons after capturing Pac-10 titles and was named the 2003 NCAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after winning the NCAA Championships by a 150 point victory over runner-up Wisconsin. The 150 point margin of victory for the Cardinal was the largest in NCAA Division I history and the team score of 24 points was the second lowest in the history of the NCAA Championship meet.

Stanford placed six runners in the Top-13 at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championships, including a runner-up performance by Ryan Hall. All seven Cardinal runners earned All-America accolades. The Cardinal won all eight races it entered during the 2003 season, including Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championship titles.

This past year in track and field, the Stanford distance medley relay team placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-America honors, and Ian Dobson claimed the national title in the 5,000 meters. Dobson's teammate Ryan Hall won the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5,000 meters, edging out Dobson. Dobson's and Hall's 1-2 finish in the 5,000 meters helped Stanford to a seventh place national finish.

Gerard was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Stanford from 1993-96 during which time he helped recruit such standouts as Brad and Brent Hauser, Greg Jimmerson, Nathan Nutter, Monal Chokshi, Mary Cobb, Kortney Dunscombe and Sarna Renfro. In the fall of 1996, both the men's and women's cross country teams won NCAA titles, earning Gerard a share of National Coach of the Year honors with former Cardinal coach Vin Lananna.

'We wish Andy the best of luck in his new job at George Mason,' said Cardinal athletic director Dr. Ted Leland. 'Andy did a great job at Stanford, and helped maintain Stanford's excellence and tradition in cross country, and track & field.'TM

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