Chris Hardie | Head Coach | Men’s and Women’s Cross Country | Waynesburg University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We focus first on academic achievements and then look for characteristics that will mesh well with the program. Ultimately we are looking for the next leader in each recruiting class. Enthusiasm, passion and dedication rise to the top in most cases.

 

Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We have been to Division III Nationals a few times with high expectations. This past season we took a sophomore who just barely made the cut, therefore, expectations were still high but it was a bit more laid back. Throughout the last few weeks prior to the meet, we worked on little things that most athletes fail to master. We also visualized how the competition would play out so that she was ready for the big day. Not only did she hit her lifetime best four different times, but she placed fourth in the country. We found out that she has the ability to dig deep during competition and reach for excellence.