Oct. 19, 2006
(San Francisco) - University of San Francisco Athletic Director Debra Gore-Mann announced a new contract for head cross country/track coach Helen Lehman-Winters, who guided USF to the best back-to-back cross country campaigns in program history. Both squads posted a runner-up finish in the West Coast Conference Championships with the women placing second in 2004, the men in 2005. Lehman-Winters also guided the Dons through its inaugural season of women's track in 2004 and men's track started in 2005.
"Helen Lehman-Winters has done an outstanding job energizing the cross country and track programs at the University of San Francisco," Gore Mann said. "These programs have made tremendous strides in the last three seasons and I anticipate continued success in the future. Coach Lehman-Winters and her coaching staff, is building a program committed to attracting outstanding student-athletes and competing for championships."
Lehman-Winters took over the men's and women's cross country programs at USF in 2003 and in her second season on the Hilltop, transformed a long dormant program from an also-ran to a contender in the WCC. In 2004 the USF women's team broke through for a runner-up finish in the WCC Championships, sparked by an individual runner-up showing from Jeannine Hagedorn. Both the team and individual finishes were the best in program history. For her efforts, Lehman-Winters earned WCC Coach of the Year honors for women's cross country.
Last season, Lehman-Winters propelled the men's squad to a runner-up showing at the league championship and captured co-coach of the year honors in the process, while the women finished fourth in an exceptional field. The combined showing by the men's and women's squads were the best in the history of USF cross country..
Since her arrival at USF, Lehman-Winters has coached eight runners who have earned All-WCC honors, including three first team selections. The Dons have also enjoyed outstanding success in the classroom, as well with 10 athletes selected for the WCC All-Academic team.