July 2, 2013
(Courtesy Hillsdale College Athletics Media Relations)
HILLSDALE, Mich. - In its continuing pursuit of excellence, the Hillsdale College track and field program reached all the way out to California for its newest coach.
The program is pleased to introduce Samantha Kearney as its newest assistant coach. She comes to Hillsdale from the University of California, Davis, where she served as a volunteer assistant in the 2012-13 season.
Kearney is a graduate of UC Davis, majoring in exercise biology, along with a minor in Spanish and says she's thrilled at the opportunity to join the Charger track family.
"I am very excited to join the Charger program," Kearney said. "I look forward to working with the coaching staff and the talented group of student-athletes at Hillsdale. They have had a lot of success the last few years, and I can't wait to contribute to their continued pursuit of excellence."
Charger women's head coach Andrew Towne said Kearney will work primarily with distance and middle-distance runners.
"From day one, she was a strong candidate, among the many we had for this position," he said. "She will help us a great deal in recruiting, she comes from one of the better Division I distance programs in the country, and she has some good experience being around elite athletes. With this position, we felt we needed someone who could effectively illustrate how great Hillsdale can be- and do it in a dynamic fashion. Sam is that person."
As an athlete, Kearney was an outstanding runner at UC Davis in both track and cross country. She helped lead her team to Big West Conference titles in the Fall of 2011 and the Spring of 2012, and was a team captain in both sports. She recorded the third-best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase in school history, at 10:37.62, and scored points in the Big West Conference Meet from 2009-12.
She was the program's Most Improved Athlete in both 2009 and 2011 and won the Aggie Impact Award in each of her final three seasons (2010-12). She was a winner of the Arva & Jim Londos Track & Field Scholarship in 2012.
Away from the track, she was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team four times and earned five difference All-Conference academic honors. She was named to the Dean's List in 2009.
She is a 2009 graduate of Arroyo High School in California.