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Dusty Lopez Named Head Coach of Williams Men's & Women's Cross Country

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - "I am extremely pleased to announce that Dusty Lopez has accepted the position as the next Head Cross Country Coach at Williams," stated Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy. "He stood out among a nationally talented field for both his expertise in coaching distance runners and in his ability to build meaningful relationships with athletes. Dusty brings with him a wealth of experience from across NCAA Cross Country, Track and Field. We are thrilled to have him take over the reins of a program he has already done so much to build, both as a former-scholar athlete and as an assistant coach."

"I want to thank the search committee of Kris Herman, Nate Hoey, Paula Thoms, and Tommy Verdell for their time and thoughtful input into the process."

Dusty Lopez is a 2001 graduate of Williams, where he earned a degree in history. A four-year letter winner in cross country and track & field for the Ephs, Lopez was a captain his senior year. He earned All-America honors in cross country in 2000, won the NESCAC 10k, and was the 5k New England Division III Champion. In 2001, Lopez was an All-American in the 10k (2nd) and 5k (4th).

Lopez's coaching resume includes stops at NCAA DI and NCAA DIII schools and his career began with a two-year graduate assistant opportunity at Syracuse University.

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