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Cunningham Named Head Cross Country Coach

brian cunningham headshot in front of the bridgewater eagles logo

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Brian Cunningham has been hired as head cross country coach at Bridgewater College. He will also coach distance runners for the Eagle track & field programs.

Cunningham was in his third year as head cross country and track & field coach at Marymount University. This past fall, the Saints had a program-best four All-Conference qualifiers in cross country. The women also earned USTFCCCA D-III All-Academic team status three times.

"Choosing Brian to be our new head cross country and assistant track coach was a no-brainer," said Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Denver Davis. "Brian fit exactly with the team-oriented culture we are cultivating in the Bridgewater track & field and cross country programs, and that's very important for me moving forward with our teams."

Cunningham returned to Virginia in 2015 to continue his work as Senior Manager at Potomac River Running Stores, after spending time at two different Massachusetts women's colleges.

As an assistant coach at Wellesley College in 2014-15, he worked with cross country, middle and long distance and throws. Wellesley qualified for the NCAA XC championships for the first time in 26 years, and had three of the top-25 5,000m runners in Division III that spring on the track.

Cunningham was the head cross country coach at Simmons College the previous year, coaching his team to a third place finish at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championships.

Cunningham ran four years of NCAA Division I cross country/track & field at the College of William and Mary, graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology; after which he ran professionally for Adidas (one year) and Fila (two years). During his time as a runner for the Tribe, he was named All-Conference in the 800 meters, while earning IC4A qualifying status in the 4x800 relay during his four-year career.

Cunningham returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 2003-05, where he specifically worked with middle-distance runners. During his time there from 2003-05, the Tribe qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships twice. Cunningham also assisted with five male and female competitors who were chosen to compete for various Team USA squads.

He left William & Mary in 2005 and coached the D-I Texas-Pan American men's and women's XC teams to significantly better team performances in the South Central region, including having an individual finish fifth at the NCAA D-I XC Championships (and fastest American collegian at 10,000m in the spring).

Cunningham has also coached at the Winsor School in Massachusetts, and at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va. Since 2008, he has also coached as part of the PR Training Programs in Virginia, where he supervises various athlete groups training for competitions from five kilometers to 50 miles in distance.

Cunningham is a USATF Level 1 Certified coach.

"Brian has great experience at multiple levels, both as a Division I and professional athlete, and as a Division I, Division III and adult coach," said Davis. "His enthusiasm for the sport and the depth of his knowledge will serve our student-athletes very well."

"Brian is a tremendous hire for us, and I know our teams are excited to begin working with him immediately to take our programs to the next level," Davis added.