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Andrea Grove-McDonough
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 1st Year
Andrea Grove-McDonough
Release: 07/19/2013

Iowa State women’s cross country head coach and assistant track & field coach Andrea Grove-McDonough took the women’s cross country program to heights that have not been seen in Ames for nearly 30 years. Entering her third year at Iowa State, Grove-McDonough’s unique style has seen ISU make great improvement on the course and on the track.

The Cyclone women finished the 2014 cross country season with a second-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, its best finish since taking second in 1985 and reversing a trend of not living up to the hype on the big stage. The Cyclones were strong on the road to Terre Haute, winning the Midwest Regional crown for a fifth-consecutive season and picking up a fourth-straight Big 12 Championship, with just 29 points, the best score since 2004 at the conference meet.

The NCAA’s saw Crystal Nelson and Katy Moen finish seventh and eighth, respectively to earn All-America honors. In the last two seasons, Grove-McDonough has guided the Cyclone women to four All-America honors, nine All-Region honors and 10 All-Big 12 awards.

In spite of being down All-Americans Bethanie Brown and Crystal Nelson for the 2015 season, Grove-McDonough still guided ISU to a second place finish at the Big 12 Championships and to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the third-straight season in her tenure, and seventh-in-a-row overall as a program.

The success has continued to the track. Moen collected indoor and outdoor All-America honors in 2015, and Grove-McDonough has overseen the progress of many promising youngsters in 800-meter runner Evelyn Guay, 1,500-meter runner Perez Rotich and 3,000-meter steeplechaser Abby Caldwell.

Grove-McDonough coached five seasons at UConn as an Assistant Track & Field Coach, including the last two as Head Women’s Cross Country Coach. Her 2011 Huskie team earned a national ranking for the first time in school history and last fall’s team finished eighth (one spot ahead of Iowa State) at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

UConn was second in both the 2012 BIG EAST Women’s Cross Country Championship and the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet prior to earning the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship bid. The Huskies also recorded their highest ever national ranking (14th) last fall.

Grove-McDonough earned 2012 NCAA Northeast Regional Coach-of-the-Year and BIG EAST Coaching Staff-of-the-Year honors.

The UConn program made steady progress with Grove-McDonough’s guidance. Part of the growth included her team earning All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA three times.

On the track, the Huskies set school records in the 800m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase and 10,000m during her tenure. She coached five All-Americans.

Prior to becoming a coach, Grove-McDonough had an outstanding professional running career. A two-time national titlist, she won the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials in the 10,000 meters and ran the seventh-fastest time in that event in her nation’s history. She ran professionally for 12 years and was a seven-time National Team member.

Grove-McDonough was ranked second in Canada in the 5,000 meters in 2002, 2006 and 2007 and first in the nation in the 10,000 meters in 2008. Her personal bests include: 2:07.12 in the 800m, 4:11.04 in the 1,500m, 15:31.29 in the 5,000m and 32:29.86 in the 10,000m.

As a collegiate runner at Minnesota, Grove-McDonough earned All-America honors in the 1,500m with a fifth-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championship. She was team captain from 1994-96 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. She earned her degree in Human Resource Management.

Upon graduation from college, she helped coach the women’s and men’s cross country teams at the University of Montana.

The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is married to former All-America decathlete Troy McDonough.

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