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Head Coach Al Fereshetian

Coach "Fresh" does it for the love of the sport. On any given morning Fresh is in his office creating Excel spreadsheets, which contain personal training information of each runner (body weight, blood pressure, mileage, etc). During the track seasons he works more closely with the field events but always offers encouragement.

Coach Fresh has been the men's cross country and track and field coach at Bates since 1995. During his tenure, Bates cross country runners have earned seven All-America awards and the team finished in 10th place at nationals in 1999.

Fereshetian, a 1983 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, started his career as an assistant for the women's track and field team at UNH before assisting at the University of Kansas from 1984 to 1988. As the head coach at Appalachian State University, Fereshetian's men's cross country teams won three Southern Conference championships from 1989 to 1994. In 1994, his team placed fifth at the National Invitational at Penn State and was ranked 20th nationally among NCAA Division I teams. Fereshetian was the Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times for cross country and four times for track and field.

"I attempt to direct and orchestrate what our team does," says Fereshetian. "But ultimately it is the team and each individual member that truly determines how successful we will be. Winning is nice, and truly important. However there are many ways in which you can win. Knowledge and experience gained throughout the process will help individuals win in life." -


Assistant Coach Todd Goewey

Todd Goewey is arguably the heart and soul of Bates running. Although a native of Massachusetts, he is at heart a Mainer. The only thing Todd loves more than fly fishing and the Bates Dining Service is relaxing with the runners he coaches...and even that's debatable!   Todd was quite the runner back in the day at Appalachian State where he ran sub 30 minutes for the 10k and ran a 3:44 1500. He dismisses his 9:30 steeplechase time as "nothing." At the beginning of the year Todd takes the freshmen out for an inaugural River or Thorncrag. These days it is rare to see him running but when he does, those offensively short purple shorts display Todd Goewey in his element. Todd works with the distance runners year-round and writes "wicked good" workouts for us. Todd is great to have around.- Andrew Percy '08

Assistant Coach Art Feeley

Coach Feeley does all sorts of stuff. He works with jumpers during track, and both the men and women in cross country. Whenever coaches Fresh or Jay need him, he's there to help out. While a relatively recent addition to the coaching staff, having joined in 2006, he is no stranger to the D-III maine running scene, as he ran for Colby way back when. Coach Feeley also teaches at Edward Little High School, across the river in Auburn.


Assistant Coach Ray Shadowens

Coach Ray joined us at the beginning of the 2011 track season. He has been a phenomenal addition to the program, applying his expertise to the sprints, hurdles, and vault, and performing myriad duties to help the team as a whole. Since joining us he has shown boundless enthusiasm and become an integral part of the team.

Assistant Coach John Beliveau

John "Judge" Beliveau has been volunteering as a throws coach at Bates for many years. "As long as I've been here, for sure," says Coach Fresh. Judge mainly works with the throwers, but he is really there to support the entire team. He takes splits for the middle distance and distance runners during their races, and rallies the team to cheer for their fellow athletes in meets. He is a huge positive influence on the team and we are all grateful to know him. One of Judge's claims to fames is his history with Coach Woodhead. Both Judge and Woodhead went to Lewiston High School together, and Judge was the only guy who could strike out Woodhead. Judge's famous curveball so infuriated Woodhead that during one practice Woodhead walked over to the pitcher's mound and yelled at Judge, "If you don't throw me a ball I can hit I'm going to break this bat over your head!" Judge then proceeded to strike him out, and did not get a bat broken over his head. He went on to attend Notre Dame University, and is now an honorable District Court Judge in Lewiston. All in all, Judge greatly adds to the Bates Track & Field experience.- Andrew Percy '08

Head Women's Coach Jay Hartshorn

In 2005-06, Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn took over as head coach of women's cross country and track and field. Hartshorn succeeded Carolyn Court, who retired in 2005 after 25 years at Bates.

"I have known Carolyn Court for over 15 years," Hartshorn said. "I have such great respect for her and the program that she has created at Bates. It is an honor to be following in the footsteps of someone of such high caliber."

Hartshorn comes to Bates from Syracuse University, where she served as the top assistant in the track and field program since 2001. She coached the cross country teams and led Syracuse's distance runners in indoor and outdoor track and field.

Hartshorn, who recently served as a coach at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championship, holds USA Track and Field Levels I and II certifications.

From 1999 to 2001, Hartshorn was the assistant coach of cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Smith College, where she earned her master's degree in exercise and sports studies. Previously, she was assistant indoor and outdoor track and field coach at her alma mater, Colby College, where she graduated in 1995 with a government major. At Colby, Hartshorn was an Academic All-American and NCAA qualifier in cross country, a three-time NCAA All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field, and captain of Colby's indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

As a veteran of the NESCAC sports scene, Hartshorn is glad to be back in the highly competitive academic and athletic milieu. "I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity to belong to such a great athletic program and athletic conference. NESCAC provides such a great balance for student-athletes competitively and academically," she said.- Andrew Percy '08


This website is the unofficial team run page for the Bates College Men's Cross Country team. It is maintained by Peter Gurney '11, if you have any questions or complaints, please e-mail them to pgurney@bates.edu.