Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College Director of Athletics Don Faulstick recently announced the hiring of Stephen Rubin as the next men's cross country and track & field head coach.
Rubin brings 25 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Pioneer Valley, including NCAA national champions at both the Division III and Division I levels to go along with several NCAA All-Americans.
"I could not be more excited to hire Steve Rubin as the next men's cross country and track & field head coach," Faulstick stated. "Steve has a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout all divisions and is a perfect fit for Amherst and our programs on many levels. I have no doubt that his experience and leadership will help elevate our cross country and track & field programs to new heights."
"On behalf of the entire search committee, I am very excited to welcome Steve to the Amherst Track & Field and Cross Country family," added Cassie Funke-Harris – head coach of the women's cross country and track & field programs at Amherst. "We were very impressed by the experience and expertise that he brings. I know that our teams will be stronger with him on board, and I look forward to working with him."
Prior to joining the Amherst community, Rubin served as an assistant track & field coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2012-2017. From 2007 until 2012, Rubin was the head track & field coach at Case Western Reserve and was also the Director of Strength and Conditioning. Rubin also completed stints as the head track & field coach at Florida International University (2003-2007) and Washington University – St. Louis (2001-2003) while also serving as the cross country head coach at FIU. He was also an assistant track & field coach at the University of Miami from 1992-2001 where he specialized in jumps, throws and multi-events following a one-year spell as an assistant track & field coach at San Francisco City College (1991-1992).
In addition to his abundance of coaching experience, Rubin has gained an array of experience working with USA Track and Field in various capacities including: USA Junior Elite Camp (United States Olympic Training Center Director – 1998, 1999, 2004); associate coordinator – women's elite jumps (1995-2000); combined events coaches summit (2010), and has served as a Level I School director and instructor, and a Level II instructor (1998-2004).
"I'd like to thank Don Faulstick for this opportunity to be a part of the incredible history and tradition of Amherst College," Rubin said. "It became apparent to me through this process what a unique and special place Amherst is. I'm excited to join the community and hopefully help make a great experience for these students."
Since 1996, Rubin has also spoken at several track coaches association clinics in North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and Ohio, as well as at the MF Athletic All-Star Clinic in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rubin holds several certifications including Level I and Level II USA Track and Field Coaches Education certificates; is a certified strength and conditioning specialist; and is certified in First Aid and CPR. A 1991 graduate of Emory University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science, Rubin also completed coursework towards a master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Miami.