Men's SIUE Cross Country|
Women's SIUE Cross Country
August 12, 2004|
McAllister Named SIUE Head Cross Country Coach;
Astrauskas, Beyers To Head Track & Field Teams
The distance runners on the cross country and track and field teams at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will have a new leader.
Eileen McAllister, a former NCAA Division III All-American at Washington University, has been tapped to become the head men's and women's cross country coach and the assistant men's and women's track and field coach at SIUE. She replaces Darryl Frerker, who stepped down to coach at Collinsville High School.
Cougar Athletics Director Brad Hewitt also announced that current track and field assistant coaches Ben Beyers and David Astrauskas would have greater roles in the development of the track and field program. Beyers will be the women's track and field head coach and the men's assistant coach. Astrauskas will be the men's track and field head coach and the women's assistant coach.
Hewitt said McAllister should be a great addition to the coaching staff which last season had an All-American in women's cross country, an All-American in men's track and field, and four All-Americans in women's track and field along with three of four Great Lakes Valley Conference titles in the men's and women's indoor and outdoor championships.
"I'm very excited about her enthusiasm for the program," Hewitt said.
McAllister earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Washington University and is completing a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Miami. She served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Miami since 2002. McAllister also has coaching experience at Washington University from 2000 to 2001 and at Block Yeshiva High School in 2002. Beyers and Astrauskas are beginning their third season at SIUE. Beyers was a multiple Big Ten Champion and an NCAA Division I All-American at the University of Illinois. Astrauskas earned All-Conference honors several times in multiple throwing events at Eastern Illinois University.
The 2004 cross country season gets underway on Sat., Sept. 4 when the Cougars play host to the Cougar/Bearcat Challenge at SIUE's cross country course. SIUE also is the host institution for the 2004 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Great Lakes Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 6.