Providence, RI – Brown University Director of Track & Field, Michelle Eisenreich, has stepped down after 12 years with the program to accept a position at Stanford. Tim Springfield, Brown head men's cross country coach, has been named Interim Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.
Eisenreich joined the Brown track & field staff in 2000 and quickly redefined the Bears' throws program as one of the premier squads in the league. After 10 seasons as an assistant throws coach, she was promoted to Director of Track & Field. In her 12 seasons with the Bears, her throwers earned 51 All-Ivy honors, 30 Ivy titles, and eight school records. She had 15 NCAA individual regional championships, six NCAA qualifiers, three All-Americans and an NCAA Champion. Eisenreich also trained 2010 NCAA Champion Craig Kinsley '10, who threw the javelin for the 2012 US Olympic Team in London, where he was the top American thrower, finishing 23rd overall.
Springfield joined the Brown coaching staff in 2010 and made an immediate impact on the distance program. In 2011, the cross country team improved from eighth to fifth in the NCAA Northeast Region and eighth to fourth in the Ivy League. At the 2011 Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, Brown had two runners earn first-team All-Ivy honors, equaling the best in the league.
Springfield's impact has been even more evident in the track season. In the 2012 campaign, five distance runners qualified for the first round of the NCAA Championships, and two athletes advanced to the NCAA National Championships. Cross Country and track All-American, Dan Lowry, broke a 25-year-old school record in the 5,000-meter, running 13:34.49 and qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
In addition to the strengthened national presence for Brown's distance runners, the team's quality depth has greatly improved as well. In Springfield's two seasons at Brown, the distance squad placed 25 marks on the all-time Brown top-ten list, including two school records (5000m and 4x800m) and ten all-time top four performances. Bolstered by strong recruiting success, the future looks very bright for Brown's distance program.
Before coming to Brown, Springfield coached at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and at the University of Wisconsin.
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