Alex Cruz of UT competes in the 3,200-meter relay at the Texas Relays at Myers Stadium on April 1, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

After splitting its cross-country program, Texas hires an ex-Olympian to coach its women

Posted July 13th, 2018

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Texas track and field coach Edrick Floréal announced on Friday that ex-Olympian PattiSue Plumer has been tabbed to coach UT’s women’s cross-country team and distance runners.

Plumer has been the cross-country and track and field coach at California’s Gunn High School since 2013. Texas has not yet announced who will lead the men’s cross-country team and distance runners. Brad Herbster previously coached both of UT’s cross-country teams.

Plumer is the second assistant coach hired by Floréal , who arrived at Texas in June. Ex-Stanford assistant Zeb Sion will coach UT’s throwers after joining the Longhorns last week.

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“I am thrilled to have PattiSue join us here at The University of Texas,” Floréal said in a press release. “She brings a great pedigree and a wealth of knowledge to share with our student-athletes as a two-time Olympian. I am excited to have her working with our women’s distance group and cross country program and lead them to great success.”

Plumer represented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, and she placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run in Barcelona. Plumer competed at Stanford in college. In 2011, Floréal hired Plumer to serve as an assistant coach while he led Stanford’s track and field program.

“I have enjoyed working with (Floréal) in the past and I believe this is a place that we can accomplish great things together,” Plumer said.

This past fall, Texas won a bronze medal at the Big 12’s cross-country meet. The Longhorns also qualified for the NCAA Championships for only the second time in five years. UT’s four-fastest finishers at the Big 12 meet — Destiny Collins, Alex Cruz, Abby Guidry and Meghan Lloyd — were all underclassmen.

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