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Ed McAllister
Head Coach - 8th Season
Alma Mater: DePaul University (Ill.)

McAllister joined the SXU Athletics staff in 2004 as head coach of the Saint Xavier University men's cross country and track teams.  In 2008, SXU finished fourth overall at the conference cross country meet and sent two of its track student-athletes, plus a distance-medley relay (DMR) team to the NAIA Track & Field Championships.  In 2005, McAllister was named both the CCAC and NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year as his Cougars captured conference and region cross country titles in only their second season of competition. SXU garnered third-place honors in both the CCAC and NAIA Region VII in 2006 and 2007.

McAllister brings a wide variety of track/cross country experiences to Saint Xavier University having coached at all levels from high school to NCAA Division I.  Known as "Coach Mac" to his runners, he has coached at the collegiate level at Chicago State University (1978-79) and West Texas State University (1979-1982), where he was named Missouri Valley Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1979.  McAllister has also coached at the high school level locally at Mendel Catholic, Leo, Brother Rice and Joliet Township.

McAllister graduated from DePaul University in Chicago in 1970.  He currently resides in Manhattan, Illinois.

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Matt Lindgren
Grad Assistant - 1st Season

Lindgren joined the Saint Xavier University cross country and track program in December of 2010 as a graduate assistant coach.  He ran cross country and track at Rockford College, a NCAA Division III school.  In track, he specialized in the middle distance events and narrowly missed nationally qualifying in the 800 meters (indoor) and provisionally qualified in the 1500 meters (outdoor).  While running cross country at Rockford College, Lindgren was named the team's "Freshman of the Year" and was a four-time all-conference selection, member of the 2009 conference championship team and has the second fastest 8k (8,000 meters) time in cross country. In track, Lindgren was a six-time conference champion for indoor and outdoor.  He holds track records in events ranging from 400 meters to 1500 meters.  Lindgren is hoping that his experiences at Rockford College will help the Cougars accomplish their goals for the upcoming season.

In 2010, Lindgren graduated from Rockford College with a degree in biology, while minoring in philosophy.  He is currently a graduate student here at SXU and is in the secondary education/biology program at the Chicago campus and also a graduate assistant in the STEM Center at the Orland Park campus.