GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman cross country/track and field head coach Robert Gary has been named the Team USA men’s head coach for the upcoming 2019 IAAF World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.
“I was fortunate to qualify for Olympic and Worlds teams for track as well as cross country as an athlete, but I am just as honored to receive this latest Team USA coaching assignment,” said Gary. “I very much look forward to working with the best athletes and their individual coaches to assist as they contribute to the No. 1 track team in the world. I thank Furman University for allowing me to pursue these opportunities and hope it facilitates our student-athletes to ‘think big’ with their own running.”
Gary, who is in his seventh season at the helm of the Paladin program, has established himself as a one of the nation’s elite coaches. A 12-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year for men’s and women’s cross country programs combined, Gary, the 2017 Southeast Region Cross Country Coach of the Year, led the Paladins to their sixth consecutive SoCon cross country titles in 2018. Senior Aaron Templeton, the 2018 SoCon Cross Country Runner of the Year, placed fifth at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in the history of the Paladin men’s program.
Under Gary’s tutelage, 11 Furman distance athletes in six events, the most in program history, competed at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor East Preliminaries. Frank Lara, Gabrielle Jennings, Krissy Gear, Allie Buchalski and Savannah Carnahan went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, each earning All-American citations. Buchalski finished as the national runner-up in the 5,000-meter run, the highest finish by any Furman track and field athlete at the national championship meet, and went on to sign with Brooks Beasts. Also in 2018, Gear, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships, competed at the IAAF World Championships as a member of Team USA’s U20 World Team, posting a 10th-place finish.
In his previous roles with USA Track & Field, Gary, a two-time Olympian in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, has been actively involved in preparing Team USA for international competition. He coached the USA senior men’s team to a runner-up finish and a silver medal at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, marking the highest Team USA finish in history. In 2010, Gary served as the men’s distance coach for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. He was also the head coach for the USA junior team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain., and was also USA’s U-23 distance coach at the North America, Central America, and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) meet in Toluca, Mexico.