NEW ORLEANS – Stephane Hetherington  became the latest addition to the New Orleans athletic department as he was named head cross country coach on Monday by athletic director Amy Champion.

“When you meet Stephane, you instantly get a sense of the energy and enthusiasm that he has for the sport of cross country," said Champion. "He brings experience as an accomplished student-athlete, but also as a coach."

"All of his references spoke of his high work ethic and his strong rapport with student-athletes. Both of these attributes will benefit Stephane as he works to build a successful cross country program within the Gulf South Conference."

Hetherington comes to the Lakefront after a two-year stint at Troy, where he was responsible for the cross country team and the middle distance runners on the school’s track and field squad.

Trojan cross country runners excelled under Hetherington as they posted the two highest team finishes at the Sun Belt Conference championship meet in school history. Two runners earned conference ‘Runner of the Week’ honors while Troy totaled 15 top five all-time individual performances in events ranging from 800 to 10,000 meters.

“I am very proud of Coach Hetherington, who has been an integral part of our success here and I know he is going to do a fantastic job at UNO,” said Troy assistant track and field coach Chip Brundage. “He brings a great spirit and knowledge to the table that the staff and student athletes will thrive off of. He is a great man who has terrific vision and work ethic, which will help UNO be very successful in the near future."

Hetherington’s immediate task will be to re-establish the UNO men’s and women’s cross country programs which have been dormant since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The two sports join women’s golf in enabling the athletic department to reach the Division II requirement of 10 sports.

“Being given the opportunity to build this program from the ground up is what excites me the most,” said Hetherington. “Playing a role in the revamping of this University alongside the city is also a good fit.”

“I am looking forward to creating a Gulf South Conference championship contender.”