PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tim Springfield, Interim Director of Brown University Track & Field, is pleased to announce that Alistair Cragg has joined the program as a volunteer coach for the 2013 outdoor season. Cragg, who will work with the Brown distance runners, is a three-time Olympian and multiple NCAA Champion.
"I'm very excited to have Alistair join our program," said Springfield. "He is one of the most decorated distance runners in NCAA history, and brings an unbelievable amount of experience to his work with athletes. He has great passion for the sport and knows the value of a strong team culture. We're extremely lucky to have him on board."
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Cragg declared for Ireland citizenship in 2002 and has since set Irish national records in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter events. In 2005, Cragg placed first overall in the 3,000 meters at the European Indoor Championship, crossing the finish line in a time of 7:46.32.
Cragg made his Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens games, where he was the top European finisher in the 5,000 meters at 12th place. He went on to take part in the 2008 Bejing Games, as he competed in the 1,500 meters and reached the finals of the 5,000 meters, and most recently participated at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
During his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas from 2001-04, Cragg was a 13-time All-American and seven-time NCAA Champion. Arguably one of the top distance runners in the history of the track & field program, he has the most individual national titles of any runner in Arkansas history. Cragg captured consecutive indoor 3,000 (2003-04) and 5,000-meter (2002-04) titles. He won the 2003 NCAA outdoor 5,000 title and 2004 NCAA 10,000 crown.
Cragg, a nine-time SEC Champion, was also named as a two-time SEC Male Athlete of the Year. He is the school record holder for 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters and is the only Razorback to win the 10,000, 5,000 and 1,500 meter races at a single SEC Championship meet.