Brian Beil Named Cross Country Coach at Flagler
ST. AUGUSTINE – The Flagler College athletics department announced today Brian Beil will be the next head coach for both men’s and women’s cross country starting in the fall of 2011. His first day will be June 27. Beil has the task of replacing Dave Williams who built Flagler’s men’s program for 14 years and the women’s for 10 years.
“We couldn’t be happier that Brian Beil will be our new cross country coach,” said Director of Athletics Jud Damon. “Brian not only has a great coaching background, but he is high-energy professional who is an excellent recruiter. His focus on providing student-athletes with an outstanding collegiate athletic experience, while building a nationally competitive program, makes him a great fit for our institution.”
At GW, Beil had plenty of success recruiting in Florida. He has
recruited nine student-athletes from the Sunshine State in his
career, including three from Melbourne on the 2010 rosters. Beil
recruited two more student-athletes, one from Tampa and the other
from Titusville, for the upcoming season at GW.
"I am very excited to begin my time as a coach at Flagler College, where the success of every student-athlete and athletic program is valued equally,” said Beil. “I feel confident in knowing that our programs will have the support necessary to help them begin their climb to the upper ranks of the conference, region, and ultimately the country."
Hogan has starred for GW under the tutelage of Beil. Not only
academically, but she is a two-time NCAA All-American and has won
back-to-back A-10 Championships. Last fall, Hogan became the first
woman to run a sub-17 minute 5K time. Her time of 16:56 bested the
previous record by 27 seconds.
Numerous schools records have fallen since Beil has been at George Washington. As an assistant for the men, he helped guide the team to consecutive top five finishes at the A-10 Championships, the team’s highest finishes since 1994.
At East Carolina, Beil helped produce a qualifier for the NCAA National Championships and another earned All-East Region honors in track. He also implemented a strength and conditioning program at ECU, coordinated academic progress, planned weekly workouts and developed course layouts for several cross country meets.
Beil lettered all four years at East Carolina and earned his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance in 2000. A captain and team most valuable player as a senior at East Carolina, Beil was part of three record-setting relay teams in his career. In 1999, he was presented with the ECU Men’s Cross Country Prestigious Pirate Award which honors the recipient for outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition.
The Flagler men’s cross country team is coming off a sixth place finish at the Peach Belt Conference Championships last fall. The Saints will be led by second-team all-conference selection Michael Lambert. Fellow senior Alex Bonus, an academic all-conference runner, also returns. Bonus fell just two second shy of earning all-conference honors. The women finished seventh at the conference championships last fall. Senior Laura McKnight, and all-academic honoree, and junior KayKay Shaffer are the top two returnees. Both teams competed in the Southeast Regional with the men finishing 15th and the women 16th.