WINONA, Minn. -- Adam Boothe has been named Winona State’s head men’s and women’s cross country coach, WSU Athletic Director Eric Schoh announced Monday. Boothe also will serve as an assistant coach with the Warrior track and field team.

“Winona State is in arguably the best cross country conference in Division II,” Boothe said. “The chance to be able to compete against the caliber of teams we have in this league is a great opportunity. I am excited to see what this program can do going forward. We have an amazing group of student-athletes who have bought into the concept of being a year-around distance runner and what it takes to compete at the national level.

“We have the tools at Winona State to compete for national championships. The one thing I have said to the team is if we are winning conference championships we can win a national title, that’s how good this conference is.”

Boothe helped coach Kayla Gudmundson to an appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2011. Gudmundson became the first Warrior runner to qualify for the national meet since 1993 when she placed 20th at the NCAA Regional meet in Denver. Gudmendson also was part of a Warrior squad that shattered the school’s meet mark with an average time of 22:19 at the NSIC Championship, more than a minute faster than the old mark.

Winona State has also performed in the classroom, with both the men’s and women’s teams being named USTFCCCA All-Academic teams and Gudmundson earning individual All-Academic honors by the USFTCCCA last season.

“It is with great excitement that I am able to promote Adam to head cross country coach,” Schoh said. “Adam has unmatched passion for the Winona State cross country program and is a great fit for the job. His experiences as a coach and championship athlete will be assets to our department. We look forward to great things from the program.”

Boothe has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach under retiring cross country coach Neal Mundahl. Mundahl will continue to work at Winona State as a professor in the Biology department.

“Without Neal there would not be a cross country program at Winona State,” Boothe said. “He has done great things with the program while balancing the demands of being a professor on campus. To learn from him for two years, to learn about Winona State, the Winona community and the region, he has been one of the best teachers I could have had. I am sure he won’t stray too far from the cross country program, and to have him as a mentor is invaluable.”

Prior to arriving at Winona State, Boothe was the head cross country coach at California-Santa Cruz from 2003-10. He coached 11 NCAA Division III Independent First Team runners, six All-Region runners, three NCAA Division III Independent All-Americans and four national qualifiers. He was named 2008 NCAA Division III Independent Coach of the Year.

Boothe was a standout runner during his collegiate career at Cal Poly SLO, winning back-to-back Big West Conference Championships and qualifying for a pair of NCAA Division I National Championship meets.

Boothe holds a degree in Political Science from Cal Poly SLO and completed his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Winona State in 2012.