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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.

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.