Jim Pennington enters his 30th season as head coach of the Springfield College womens cross country and track and field teams in 2013-2014.
Under Penningtons direction, the Pride has recorded seven top 20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and seven top 15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
He has coached 83 All-Americans and numerous All-New England and All-Conference performers. Five of his student-athletes have received the prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. And a sixth, Kelly Curtis ’12, earned an NCAA Post-Graduate Minority Award.
In 2013, junior Gabriella Gaudreault earned All-America honors after placing fourth in a school record-setting time of 2:09.80 in the 800 meter run to highlight Springfield College’s showing at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.
A native of Catonsville, Md., Pennington earned his bachelors degree in physical education from Towson (Md.) State in 1974 and his Masters in elementary physical education from Georgia in 1976. He was an assistant coach at Georgia for three years.
Prior to joining the Springfield College staff, Pennington was at Towson State where he was an assistant mens track and field coach and head mens cross country coach. He also started the womens track and cross country programs at Towson.
Pennington is the former President of the Division III Cross Country Coaches Association and Executive Committee member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He was also the chairperson for the United States Cross Country Coaches Academic All-American Selection Committee and is a former member of the NCAA Track & Field Committee.
During the summer, he is the Meet Director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics Summer Games for track & field. At Springfield, Pennington also serves as an assistant professor of physical education.
Assistant Coach Laurie Jenkins
Laurie Jenkins is a 2013 graduate of Springfield College in her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s track & field program.
Jenkins was a member of the program-record 4x100m relay team that ran a 46.91 in 2010. She competed in the 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m as well as the 4x200m and 4x400m relays as a four-year member of the Pride.
Jenkins received All-America honors in 2010 as a member of the 4x100m team and competed in the Division III NCAA Championships in the 100m and the 4×100 relay in 2013. She was honored with All-ECAC, All-New England, and first team NEWMAC awards as a member of the Pride.
Assistant Coach Rachael Raymond
Rachael Raymond is entering her first season as an assistant coach with the women’s cross country and track and field teams, where she will work with the middle distance and distance runners.
Raymond received her bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a major in International Relations and a minor in History. She ran on the cross country team where she was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team. Following graduation, she served as an assistant coach with the Herons for one season.
The Durham, New Hampshire native is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College.
Assistant Coach Lacy Johnson
Lacy Johnson enters her second year working with the womens track & field team at Springfield College, working primarily with the throwers.
A 2001 graduate of Monmouth University, she became the first womens track & field athlete to be inducted into the schools athletic hall of fame in 2011. She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in gender studies.
She dominated the Northeast Conference (NEC) in throws, earning All-NEC accolades 19 times, including nine NEC Championship titles. A two-year captain, Johnson led the Hawks to their first NEC Outdoor Championship Team title in May 2000. In 2001, she became the school’s first woman to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships and she has held the school record in the weighted throw since 2001.