CHICAGO – After 10 seasons as the head coach of the Saint Xavier University men's cross country and track & field programs, Ed McAllister recently announced that he will retire from coaching. He was hired as the SXU men's cross country coach in 2004 and assumed men's track & field duties as well when the University added the program in 2006. McAllister also had a brief stint as the men's cross country coach for the original squad at SXU from 1976-77. The SXU Athletics Department plans to begin the process for looking for his replacement immediately.
"Ed McAllister deserves a big thank you for helping build two nationally recognized programs for our athletics department," said Saint Xavier University Athletics Director Bob Hallberg. "His passion and dedication to coaching cross country and track & field was infectious. Just this past season, McAllister led our men's cross country team to its highest national finish. It is my sincere hope that we will find a new coach who will be able to build on the successful foundation that McAllister has put in place with these two teams."
McAllister had an impressive final season with the Cougars in 2013-14 helping guide the SXU men's cross country team to the 2013 NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championships and a 19th place postseason finish, the highest in the 10-year history of the program. He also had junior Janis Pastars (Ogre, Latvia/Cameron University) finish ninth nationally in the indoor mile run (4:13.11) at the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, one of seven national qualifiers for the program this season. McAllister also helped SXU finish third overall out of nine teams in the highly competitive 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. He was named the CCAC and NAIA Region VII Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2005 after his squad won both the conference and regional meets.
"This is the end of my second tenure at Saint Xavier University and I have witnessed some tremendous growth from this institution from where it was in the 1970's until this point, said McAllister. "SXU is so vibrant and full of life and it has been a true honor to serve at such a productive place. I have also had the great fortune of working with many wonderful people during my career, both as peers and student-athletes. Nothing has thrilled me more than seeing the successes of my student-athletes over the years and I can't thank Saint Xavier University and everyone associated with it enough for providing me with this opportunity."