Van Allen earns 5th National Coach of the Year Honor

 
Head coach Bobby Van Allen was named the USTFCCCA Division III Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Van Allen guided the Blue Jays to their fifth NCAA National Championships title in six years to earn Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career. Read More

Bobby Van Allen

Head Coach

 

Bobby Van Allen recently completed his 17th season as head coach of the men and womens cross country and track teams. Competing in the Centennial Conference, both the men and womens teams have made steady climbs toward the top during Van Allens tenure, with several athletes competing in the NCAA Division III Championship meet and also gaining All-America as well as Academic All-America honors.

 

In 2012, Van Allen earned USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year honors as his womans team captured the NCAA Division III XC National Championship. The 2012 team became the first womens team in Hopkins history in any sport to win a national title and was also the first Division III national title for Hopkins since mens swimming in 1979. After successfully defending the title in 2013, Hopkins became the first team since the 2000-01 seasons to repeat as DIII NCAA Champions after being ranked No. 1 in the country the entire season. The Blue Jays went on to win their third consecutive title in 2014, and in 2017 captured their 5th National title in the last 6 years.

 

The Hopkins mens cross-country team put together the best season in school history under Van Allens leadership in 2016, winning the schools second ever NCAA Mideast Regional Title. The team capped off the historic season with the best-ever finish at the NCAA Championship in Hopkins history, taking 8th place at Nationals. Led by Schaffer Ochstein who ran 24:59, the Blue Jays produced six NCAA All-Region athletes, the most in program history. Van Allen also coached the programs first ever NCAA Champion in outdoor track, as Andrew Carey won the 800m National title in 2014 in a time of 1:49.67, the only athletes under 1:50 at the Championships, Carey also notched a career best time of 3:48.34 in the 1500m. To date Van Allen has coached over 10 athletes who have broken 15 minutes for 5k, 15 that have broken 8:45 for 3k, and over a dozen sub 4 minute 1500m runners.

 

Amy Horst

Head Coach

 

Amy Horst begins her fifth year as the womens track and field head coach and first year as the head cross country coach. Horst comes to Loyola after serving as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Marquette University. During her time at Loyola, Horst has coached one NCAA National Championship cross country participant, three All-NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional cross country finalists and two All-ECAC Indoor Track and Field performers.

 

In addition, Horsts athletes have set 27 program records. In her inaugural season in the Patriot League, Horst helped guide both the mens and womens cross country teams to ninth-place finishes at the Patriot League Championships in Easton, Pa. That same year, Kiera Harrison qualified for All-Region honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic, and went on to earn an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

 

Harrison was the first-ever Greyhound to compete at an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport as an individual. Horst went on to guide the Greyhounds to their first appearance at the Patriot League Track and Field Championships. Both of Loyolas indoor and outdoor teams finished ninth in the inaugural season. Under Horsts direction, two Greyhounds earned weekly Patriot League honors, two were named All-League and another pair garnered a spot on the leagues All-Academic Team. Before moving to the Patriot League, Horst and the Greyhounds were highly competitive in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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Kim Lewnes

Assistant Coach

 

Kim Lewnes joined the Johns Hopkins coaching staff in 2012 as the first full-time assistant coach in program history under head coach Bobby Van Allen. She was an All-American and record-holder as a middle distance runner at Cornell University. Concentrating on coaching the middle and long distance runners, Lewnes helped lead the womens cross country team to 4 NCAA Championships in the last 5 years. On the track, the women and men middle and long distance runners thrived as six athletes (Johnson DMR, McDonald DMR, Monagle Mile/DMR/1500/800, Oneda 5k, Shelton DMR/800, Swenson Jav) achieved All-America honors in her first season, with 19 more earning the honor in the next 4 seasons.

 

Lewnes spent the 2011 season as a volunteer coach at Cornell, where the womens track & field team won the Heptagonal Conference Championship outdoors and placed second indoors. Prior to coaching at Cornell, Lewnes was the track & field team captain and earned numerous accolades for the Big Red in middle distance events. An ECAC champion in the distance medley relay, she was the Cornell school record holder in the 1000 and finished third all-time in school history in the 800 with a time of 2:05.37. Additionally, Lewnes earned All-America honors with a ninth-place finish at the 2010 Outdoor NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

 

A 2011 graduate of Cornell, Lewnes earned a degree in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics and Management from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Lewnes is currently enrolled in Johns Hopkins Universitys School of Education while she pursues a Master of Science in Counseling. Kim lives in Annapolis with her husband Mack Lewnes, who was an All-American wrestler for Cornell.

 

Josh Billings

Physical Therapist

 

Josh completed his B.S. in Biology in 1995 from Susquehanna University, where he was a middle distance runner on the track team. As the Running Program Coordinator for MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Josh is training other physical therapists in the use of cutting edge technology, such as video motion analysis and an Anti-Gravity treadmill, in treating runners. Josh will bring his equipment to our camp, and perform a motion analysis screen with all participants, in which they will get a summary of their biomechanical faults, and how to improve them, with the goal of improving performance and minimizing injury risk.

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