Gray named head coach at Clark (Mass.)
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Bill Gray, a three-time All-American with coaching experience at various levels, has been named head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country programs at Clark (Mass.), it was announced Wednesday by director of athletics and recreation Sean Sullivan.
He is set to begin his duties on August 1.
“When filling this position, we were looking for someone our student-athletes would immediately recognize as having succeeded at the highest level within their own sport,” Sullivan said. “Coach Gray’s insightful understanding of the intricacies of running and considerate approach to team management and runner development will ensure that our roster continues to competitively improve.”
Gray has been an assistant track and field coach at Division I Columbia and Division III Swarthmore College and was the first head coach in the history of Centenary College men’s and women’s cross country.
Most recently, Gray was the co-head coach of the track program at the Saint Bernadette School in Northborough, Mass., where he was responsible for developing workouts and coaching more than 30 student-athletes.
"I am very excited to be joining the Clark University athletic department and helping to continue the tradition of coaching great student-athletes,” Gray said. “Leveraging my knowledge of running and coaching along with the great core of runners we have, I anticipate a great upcoming season for the Clark University cross country program."
An elite level athlete in his own right, Gray was a three-time All-Centennial Conference and three-time all-region performer in cross country, finishing 33rd at the 1994 national championships as a junior.
On the track Gray was just as impressive, collecting a Centennial Conference title in the 5,000-meter indoor run, which catapulted him to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1996.
Then in the outdoor season of his senior campaign, Gray finished second at the conference championships in both the 800-meter and 1,500-meter events, and then finished seventh at the national championship event in the 800 to collect his third All-America distinction.
The only athlete in Gettysburg College’s athletic history to earn All-America status in three sports, Gray was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 2009.