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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 17, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jared Beers (Traip Academy/Kittery, Maine) has been named the head coach of the Colby College men’s cross country and track and field programs after spending this academic year as interim head coach of the teams.
Beers, a 2001 Colby College graduate, will head into the 2007-08 academic year with his own program after spending three years as an assistant coach for the Mules and then this year as the interim head coach.
"Jared has done a terrific job as interim head coach and as an assistant coach over the past four years. I'm convinced he will take the men's track and cross country programs to the next level," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Director of Athletics. "Jared's time at Colby as a student, an assistant coach, and as a head coach has allowed him to experience what it takes to get the programs to reach success in the NESCAC and nationally."
Beers, who is currently in the middle of coaching Colby’s outdoor track and field season, helped the Mules’ indoor track and field team finish nearly 40 points better at this year’s Maine State Indoor Track and Field Championships. Colby also went from no individual champions in the 2006 state meet to four in 2007. The Colby men’s cross country team finished nearly 30 points better at this year’s NESCAC Championships.
Beers also brings a fitness training background to the job. He worked for Competitive Athlete Training Zone (CATZ) of Needham, Mass., and has helped design and start advanced and basic conditioning classes open to all students at Colby.
Beers held Colby’s 400-meter record at one time during his collegiate career and still is part of the 1,600-meter relay team school record of 3:19.71. Beers, who captained the Mules during his junior and senior years, won numerous track and field titles during his collegiate career. He was the NESCAC champion in the 400 meters in his final year at Colby in 2001 and won the New England Division III title in the 400 on Colby’s Alfond Track in 1999.
Beers earned the track and field team’s J. Seelye Bixler Award for the senior who contributes the most to track and field at Colby.