UT hires for­mer Olympian for women’s run­ning teams

Men’s cross-coun­try, dis­tance run­ners coach still awaited.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com

Texas track and field coach Edrick Floréal an­nounced Fri­day that ex-Olympian Pat­tiSue Plumer has been tabbed to coach the UT women’s cross-coun­try team and dis­tance run­ners.

Plumer has been the cross-coun­try and track and field coach at Cal­i­for­nia’s Gunn High School since 2013. Texas has not an­nounced who will lead the men’s cross-coun­try team and dis­tance run­ners. Brad Herb­ster pre­vi­ously coached both of UT’s cross-coun­try teams.

Plumer is the se­cond as­sis­tant coach hired by Floréal, who ar­rived at Texas in June. For­mer Stan­ford as­sis­tant Zeb Sion will coach UT’s throw­ers af­ter join­ing the Longhorns last week.

“I am thrilled to have Pat­tiSue join us here at The Univer­sity of Texas,” Floréal said in a news re­lease. “She brings a great pedi­gree and a wealth of knowl­edge to share with our stu­dent-ath­letes as a two-time Olympian. I am ex­cited to have her work­ing with our women’s dis­tance group and cross coun­try pro­gram and lead them to great suc­cess.”

Plumer rep­re­sented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, and she placed fifth in the 3,000me­ter run in Barcelona, Spain. Plumer com­peted at Stan­ford in col­lege. In 2011, Floréal hired her to serve as an as­sis­tant coach while he led Stan­ford’s track and field pro­gram.

“I have en­joyed work­ing with (Floréal) in the past, and I be­lieve this is a place that we can ac­com­plish great things to­gether,” Plumer said.

Last fall, Texas won a bronze medal at the Big 12 cross-coun­try meet. The Longhorns also qual­i­fied for the NCAA Cham­pi­onships for only the se­cond time in five years. UT’s four fastest fin­ish­ers at the Big 12 meet — Des­tiny Collins, Alex Cruz, Abby Guidry and Meghan Lloyd — were all un­der­class­men.

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