Aug. 7, 2007
Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters announced the hiring of Tom Kloos as the Don's new assistant men's and women's cross country and track coach today. Kloos will replace Christine Engel, who moved to New York to assist with the women's cross country and track program at Columbia University.
Kloos brings a strong history of coaching at the collegiate and prep levels, as well as international competitive experience, to the Hilltop. Kloos spent last year assisting at Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), where the Gaels achieved their highest-ever NCAA rankings: Men 3rd, Women 20th.
Prior to Iona, Kloos was the head coach at his alma mater, El Camino High School in Southern California, where he was named coach of the year on four different occasions from 2000-2005. In 2000 and 2003, he was named San Diego Coach of the Year on the girl's side, and in 2004 he received the same award on the boys' side. His top award also came in 2004, when he was named the California Coaches Association Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Along with the numerous awards, Kloos coached AJ Acosta to the 2005 Footlocker National Cross Country Championship.
"I am thrilled to have Tom join our staff and I am confident that he will make an immediate impact on our program," said head coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "He is extremely knowledgeable and has competed and coached at the highest levels. He understands what it takes to be successful and will add tremendously to our program."
Kloos earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 1999 where he was a two-time Cross Country Academic All-American in 1997 and 1998.After a successful undergraduate career at Columbia, Kloos continued his running career at the national and international level. He is a two time USATF competitor in the 3000-meter steeplechase, with a best of 8:30, and was the 11th American finisher in the 2005 IMG New York City Marathon.
Kloos is also the Chairman and Founder of the Road Scholar Foundation, which helps fund scholarships for college bound high school seniors.
"I am very excited to join the USF community. There is a serious commitment from the staff and administration to build a highly competitive D.I program," said Kloos. "With the athletic resources of the university and training environment offered in San Francisco, I believe that I can help bring the Dons running programs to that level. Helen Lehman-Winters is someone I have long respected in the coaching ranks, and I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to work with, and learn from her."