John Crooke is in his 13th season as head men’s and women’s cross country coach at Wesleyan University heading into the 2012 campaign. Under his guidance both the men’s and women’s team have been elevated in regional and national rankings and are consistently ranked among the top-10 in New England. Wesleyan's women have qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship as a team three times under John's tutelage (2002, 2004 and 2009) with its most recent visit in 2009 resulting in a 14th-place finish. The men's team qualified for its first national championship in 2005, also coming in 14th, then qualified a second time in 2006 with a 15th-place showing. Wesleyan has had individual NCAA qualifiers on the men's side in both 2010 and 2011. John was named NESCAC men's co-Coach of the Year and New England Division III men's Coach of the Year following the 2005 campaign.
Laura Pierce - Assistant Coach
After a solid cross-country and track career at Oberlin College before graduating in 2003, Laura Pierce will give the Cardinals coaching support for a third time during the 2012 season. She assisted in both cross country and track at Wesleyan in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Laura also has coaching experience at both Swarthmore College, where she served as an assistant in both cross country and track for two years (2003-05), and most recently Millikin University. There she was head coach of the cross country squads in 2009 after serving as an assistant in 2008. She also assisted in track from 2008-10. Between her stints at Swarthmore and Millikin, Laura received a M.S. in kinesiology from the University of Illinios.
A 2011 graduate of Eastern Connecticut, David Hunt will be a new face
on the cross country coaching scene at Wesleyan in 2012 as an
assistant. Receiving his degree in sport and leisure management with a
concentration in sports performance, David was a school record-setter
during the 2009-10 indoor track season, establishing ECSU marks for the
mile and as part of the 4x800m relay and the distance medley relay. He
was a member of both the track and cross country squads at Eastern Conn.
during 2009-10 after competing in both sports at Central Connecticut
from 2005-08, where he started his collegiate education.