June 8, 2010

Michelle Eisenreich Named Director of Men’s & Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field

After completing her 10th year with the Brown University track & field program, Michelle Eisenreich has been named the Director of Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field at Brown, and will occupy the Alden-Rothenberg Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Coaching Chair.

"I am proud and honored to lead a program with a rich competitive and academic tradition," said Eisenreich. "I am excited by the potential of our current team and look forward to building on that tradition."

Since taking over the Bears' program in mid-February as the Interim Director, the track & field teams have thrived. At the conclusion of the 2010 indoor season, the Bears had two men and three women earn All-Ivy honors. During the outdoor season, the re-energized Brown squad shocked the league as the women's team garnered second place at the Heptagonal Championships and the men placed third with a total of 16 student-athletes earning All-Ivy honors. The Bears sent 12 members of the men's and women's team to the NCAA Championship East Preliminary round in Greensboro, N.C., with five advancing to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Also, Craig Kinsley '11 and Danielle Grunloh '10 were named Northeast Region Field Athletes of the Year.

"Coach Eisenreich has proven herself to be a wonderful coach and teacher," said Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger. "She has brought a new enthusiasm to our men's and women's programs and our athletes have performed beautifully under her leadership. We are absolutely delighted that she has agreed to serve as our Director of Cross Country/Track & Field in the Alden-Rothenberg Coaching Chair."

Since Eisenreich joined the Brown coaching staff in 2000, the throws program has redefined itself as the premier squad in the Ivy League. The throws team was comprised of just three athletes her first year, but has tripled in size since then, boasting some of the best throwers in the Northeast and in the nation. Most recently, Eisenreich was named the Northeast Region Track & Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009 after she guided three student-athletes to the NCAA Championship and had six All-Ivy selections.

Overall, Eisenreich's throwers have earned 42 All-Ivy honors, 26 Ivy titles, four school records, two Ivy records. In addition, 11 individuals have qualified for the NCAA regional championships, six for the NCAA Championships and two have earned NCAA All-American honors. In 2001 Amber Knighten placed fifth in the women's shot put at the NCAA Championship and in 2009 Craig Kinsley '11 finished third in the men's javelin throw to obtain All-American status.

Eisenreich began her career at Purdue as a graduate assistant, coaching the multi-event athletes and the women vaulters and throwers. While there, she also directed the Purdue Area Track Club for athletes ages 5 to 17. After finishing her graduate degree, Eisenreich moved on to Colgate for two years. She coached athletes to school records in five throwing events, while also coaching the jumpers and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

Eisenreich competed as an undergraduate at Carlton College in her native Minnesota, winning her conference championship five times in the shot and discus. In 1995, she was the MIAC Athlete of the Meet outdoors. She holds school records in the shot, discus, and was the school record holder in the 20lb. weight and hammer until 2002. A four-time participant at the NCAAs, she earned All-American honors in 1995 in the discus