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Andrea Grove-McDonough
Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 07/19/2013

Iowa State women’s cross country head coach and assistant track & field coach Andrea Grove-McDonough’s unique style took the Cyclone women’s distance program to historic heights in her first year in Ames. The program saw great improvement under the new coach, both on the track and on the course.

Grove-McDonough inherited a cross country program that had won back-to-back conference titles and three straight regional crowns. The Cyclone women exceeded expectations, becoming just the second current Big 12 member to win back-to-back-to-back conference titles on just 35 team points. The team also won their fourth regional title in as many years, as all five scoring runners earned All-Big 12 and All-Region accolades in the two races.

At the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the women notched their fourth straight top-15 finish, placing third with two All-Americans in Crystal Nelson (32st) and Bethanie Brown (37th).

On the track, Grove-McDonough’s distance program acted as the backbone of the women’s team, as was evident at the conference indoor and outdoor championships. The Cyclone distance program picked up five total conference titles and accounted for over half of the team’s total points at both meets. Ejiro Okoro (800m: first-team) and Katy Moen (5,000m: second-team; 10,000m: honorable mention) both took home All-America accolades at the outdoor meet.

Grove-McDonough’s Cyclones notched a total of 22 spots on the program’s all-time top-10 lists, including 11 in the top-5 and three program records. 15 of her athletes notched personal records in her initial season, most improving their marks multiple times over the year.

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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