Interim tag lifted, Stankiewicz will continue to lead cross country

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery has announced that Brian Stankiewicz will continue to serve as the Head Coach of the men's and women's cross country programs at Saint Anselm College. He will also continue his duties as the Recreation and Intramurals Coordinator for the Department of Athletics.

Stankiewicz has been serving as the interim head coach for both programs in 2017 and guided the Hawks to impressive results. The men's program recorded a 12th place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Oct. 22 while the women's squad finished ninth in a crowded field of 15 programs. Both finishes were the highest for each team since the 2010 season.

"Brian was selected as our interim head coach shortly before the season and guided the Hawks to great success this past season," remarked Montgomery. "He navigated the transition from student-athlete to head coach quite well and has hit the ground running. He's been a relentless recruiter, and we are eager to work with Brian going forward with the goal of developing a championship-caliber program here on the Hilltop."

The men's team also returned to the NCAA Regionals in 2017 after a year's hiatus and the women's program secured its best finish at the regionals since a 14th place team finish in 2015. Senior Shannon Conley also claimed her fourth All-Region nod after crossing the line in 14th place, recording a 6K time of 23:33.6.

Four seniors graduate from the women's program in 2018 while the men's program is set to return all of its harriers from the season prior.

"I am blessed to have the support of the athletics administrative staff and the College's faculty," said Stankiewicz. "I have enjoyed working with the student-athletes during my first season and am honored to head a program that provided me with great opportunities during my four years on campus. I am proud to work with outstanding student-athletes who share the common goal of taking our programs to the next level."

Stankiewicz graduated from Saint Anselm in 2017 with a degree in accounting and was a member of the men's cross country team for each of his four years on the Hilltop. He was a team captain as both a junior and senior and ran in 24 races for the Hawks over his four-year career.

He earned Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition in all eight of his semesters on the Hilltop. He also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and took an active leadership role as a class senator for Saint Anselm student government.