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Meet Head Cross Country and Track Coach - Greg Cornell


Greg Cornell: Head Coach

Our series continues of introducing our readers to our coaching staff and their particular philosophies. Our next introduction is Head Cross Country/Track coach, Greg Cornell.

How would you describe your coaching style?

I assess the athlete. Then I create their training program based on their ability, motivation, and goals.

What is your most memorable moment as a coach?

Anytime one of my athletes runs a personal best is a memorable moment for me as a coach. It doesn't matter to me if they are the best in the country or a middle of the pack performer. As long as they improve, it becomes a memorable moment for me.

How would you describe your team culture?

I like to have my athletes express their individuality while being supportive of their teammates accomplishments.

Who is your coaching role model and why?

I was a competitive distance runner from age 13 thru age 52. Any coach I had during those years were my role models. They all gave me something to pass on to the athletes I coach.

What is your favorite quote?

You are only as good as your last race.

What lessons did you learn from your playing days?

You can run great, good or really bad races. In the next race what you need to do is continue to do the things that you did correct and find a way to change the things you did wrong.

What are the characteristics you look for in student-athletes?

Determination, Perseverance and a positive outlook.

What word best describes your current team?


Who is one athlete you remember watching as a kid who really impressed you on and off the field?

Frank Shorter the gold medalist in the 1972 olympic marathon.

What factors played in your decision to become a coach at CCRI?

I went to school at CCRI and I felt a connection to the institution. I was asked to be an assistant coach in 1989 . I worked under Tom Kenwood who was my coach at CCRI. The next year the head coaching job opened up. I felt I understood student athletes at two year colleges and expressed interest in the job. Now here I am.