John Rembaio & Ashley Couper Named To Stanford Coaching Staff

Aug. 18, 2005

Stanford, Ca - John Rembao, who has an extended list of success in track and field, and cross country in the United States, and Ashley Couper, who enjoyed success as a distance runner at Stanford University, the University of Vermont and now with the Palo Alto-based Nike Farm Team, have joined the Stanford track & field/cross country staff.

Rembao has been named Director of Operations for Stanford Track & Field/Cross Country, while Couper has been named assistant cross country and track coach.

'John Rembao will be the glue in handling the many aspects of running a successful track & field, and cross country program,' said Edrick Floreal, Cardinal Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. 'That includes meet management, fund raising, promotions, and budgets in addition to serving as the high jump coach. His expertise in coaching high jumpers is known worldwide.

'Ashley is a young coach who loves the Stanford program and understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at Stanford. Ashley is committed to continuing our success in both the men's and women's distance running programs.'

Rembao, a 23-year veteran of the coaching ranks, arrives at Stanford after enjoying coaching success at SMU (Southern Methodist University), the University of Texas, Arizonaand Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

In his fours years at SMU Rembao coached the women's cross country team to its highest national ranking in school history (11th) in 2004. Rembao was named the NCAA South Central Region Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004. Rembao also coached the jumpers and distance runners on the track. Rembao coached 22 individual NCAA qualifiers, seven All-Americans, and one NCAA high jump champion.

While at the University of Texas, Rembao coached ten All-Americans who contributed to UT winning four NCAA Women's Track and Field Championships in a row ('98 Indoor and Outdoor, '99 Indoor and Outdoor). Rembao also coached the Longhorn cross country and distance running program, and the UT high jumpers. Rembao spearheaded UT's cross country program to a Top-25 national finish and two straight appearances at the NCAA Championships. Rembao coached high jumper Erin Aldrich to an indoor collegiate record and three NCAA individual titles. His accomplishments at Texas earned him a spot on the coaching staff for Team USA at the 2001 IAAF World Championship Games in Edmonton, Canada.

Rembao came to UT from the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1996 Rembao recruited the two top high jumpers in the nation. He also help host the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships, and the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Rembao spent the first eleven years of his coaching career at Cal Poly SLO. From 1984-94, Rembao coached 73 NCAA All-Americans and ten Division II national champions, and coached on five NCAA national championship and 17 conference championship teams. Rembao began as the assistant women's track and field/cross country coach (1984-88), and eventually became thehead men's cross country coach.

Rembao graduated from CPSLO in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration (Marketing Management), and during his senior year helped the Mustangs win the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Rembao and his wife, Sue, a 1992 Olympian and three-time All-American high jumper, have one son, Jared Asher (5).

Couper enjoyed great success running the distance events at the University of Vermont, at Stanford and now with the Nike Farm Team. At Stanford in 2001, Couper finished sixth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-American honors. Couper also competed indoors on the team's nationally-ranked distance medley relay team. While at Vermont, Couper was a standout competitor in cross country and track. Couper was a conference champion in the 1,500 meters, and was voted the 1999 Vermont cross country collegiate Female Runner of the Year.

Couper, who has continued her running career with the Palo Alto-based Nike Farm Team, holds the Bermuda national record in the 1,500 meters.

Couper graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in French from Vermont in 2000. Couper won numerous academic honors including earning the Honor Roll in the America East Conference (1996-2000) and was the America East Conference Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year (1999).

Couper obtained her Masters degree in Education from Stanford in 2001. During her one-year running career on The Farm, Couper also won Pac-10 All-Academic Honors in addition to being named to the Stanford Athletic Honor Roll.

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