|Title:||Men's Head Coach|
|College:||Saint Michael's '87|
Saint Michael's College graduate Joe Connelly '87 returns for his 12th year as the the College's men's cross country coach in 2012.
In Connelly's 11 seasons at the helm of the Purple Knights, the team has placed in the top three at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship seven times and has earned no worse than a top-eight showing at NCAA regional championships four times. During the 2003 season, Saint Michael's qualified its first runner for the NCAA Championship in program history.
In addition to coaching the men's cross country team, Connelly was also the head coach of the College's Nordic skiing program between 2001 and 2011.
Connelly is active in the local running community, serving as the Technical Coordinator for RunVermont, Inc., producer of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, the second-largest marathon in New England, and a Runner's World top 20 U.S. marathon.
A six time letter-winner at Saint Michael's in Nordic skiing and cross country, Connelly has run in 20 marathons, including 10 Boston Marathons. He has also competed in the U.S. Triathlon Series and has worked as a personal trainer for individuals who want to improve their long-distance running.
A native of Glenville, N.Y., Connelly competed in Nordic and Alpine skiing, golf and tennis at Scotia-Glenville High School. Prior to joining the coaching staff of Saint Michael's, Connelly was employed as an accountant in the long-term care and software industries.
|Title:||Women's Head Coach|
Molly (Enman) Peters, a former All-America and three-sport standout at Middlebury College, returns for her seventh season as the head coach of the Saint Michael's College women's cross country program in 2012. She also enters her first campaign as the school's Nordic skiing head coach.
In 2011, the Purple Knights grabbed a third-place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship after league coaches predicted a 13th-place showing for the team. The team's third-place showing at the league meet tied the school record, and was the program's best since 1993. Peters was later named Purple Knight Coach of the Year.
During her first two seasons, Peters guided the Purple Knights to eighth-place finishes at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, the program had its first-ever individual champion at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship, a field that includes elite programs such as the University of Vermont and Middlebury, a feat repeated in 2011. Peters' 2010 and 2011 squads placed second at the state meet.
Peters was an assistant coach at Middlebury from 1997 to 2001 for cross country and track & field, training Division III All-America and national champion cross country runners. On the track, Peters was the distance events coach. In 2002, she headed the men's and women's cross country programs at Division III University of Redlands (Calif.) before returning east to coach at Burlington High School from 2003 to 2008. Peters served as a cross country assistant coach while working with the sprinters and hurdlers on the track & field squads.
Since 2009, Peters has coached youths between the ages of 5 and 13 through the Bill Koch Youth Ski League. Peters has also been a Nordic ski instructor and events coordinator since 2003 at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center on family land in Huntington. A former three-sport standout at nearby Middlebury College, Peters trained after graduation in Park City, Utah, with aspirations of qualifying for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Nordic skiing.
A 1997 graduate of Middlebury, Peters earned a degree in biology while competing in cross country, Nordic skiing and outdoor track & field. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship in cross country as a senior; competed in three NCAA skiing championships, earning an All-America finish her senior year; and took All-America honors in the 1,500-meter run in outdoor track & field as a senior, placing sixth in the event at the NCAA Championship.
|Title:||Women's Assistant Coach|
|College:||Saint Michael's '10|
A former four-year runner and Nordic skier at Saint Michael's, Lauren Fereshetian '10 returns for her first season as an assistant coach with the women's cross country program.
Fereshetian, who helped the Purple Knights place as high as seventh at the Northeast-10 Championship during her career, in 2007, was a frequent Dean's List qualifier. As a sophomore, she was selected for the NE-10 Academic All-Conference second team. In May 2009, Fereshetian represented the College at the NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Fereshetian was also a two-year Nordic skiing captain.