Russ Brennen, who was elevated to the program’s first full-time head coach in March 2016, enters his 14th season at the helm of the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams at Babson in 2017.
A 1992 graduate of RIT, Brennen has led both the men’s and women’s cross country programs to success on the trails and in the classroom during his tenure. His runners have earned nine all-conference and five All-New England honors, and Marina Capalbo ’15 became the program’s first harrier to qualify for the NCAA National Championships in both 2013 and 2014. Additionally, six of his athletes have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, while his squads have combined to collect All-Academic team accolades on 24 occasions.
After receiving his Master's degree from Syracuse University in 2001, Brennen spent the next three seasons as the assistant cross-country and track and field coach at Babson. During that time, he also served as a senior designer in the Office of Publications. He then took over the program as head coach in 2004.
In addition to collegiate coaching, Brennen has enjoyed great success working for TRACS, Inc., a well-established athletic consulting company, for the past 14 years. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects, including club-level coaching with the Cambridge Running Club and the Boston Running Club, a national powerhouse in cross-country and track. He has also worked on national and international projects like the John Hancock Elite Village for the Boston Marathon, the U.S. National Masters Track and Field Championships, and FILA's Discovery Kenya project.
Brennen ran competitively at both the high school and college levels, participating in indoor track, outdoor track, and cross-country at RIT. He has also competed in a total of seven marathons, including three in Boston.
|Season||NEWMAC Championship (Men)||NEWMAC Championship (Women)|
|2004||6th Place (166 Points)||8th Place (207 Points)|
|2005||6th Place (166 Points)||10th Place (302 Points)|
|2006||6th Place (150 Points)||10th Place (264 Points)|
|2007||7th Place (176 Points)||10th Place (263 Points)|
|2008||6th Place (161 Points)||9th Place (275 Points)|
|2009||5th Place (148 Points)||7th Place (201 Points)|
|2010||5th Place (136 Points)||6th Place (152 Points)|
|2011||4th Place (113 Points)||6th Place (168 Points)|
|2012||5th Place (130 Points)||9th Place (212 Points)|
|2013||4th Place (121 Points)||9th Place (226 Points)|
|2014||5th Place (144 Points)||9th Place (245 Points)|
|2015||4th Place (127 Points)||10th Place (271 Points)|
|2016||3rd Place (96 Points)||11th Place (290 Points)|
|2017||4th Place (89 Points)||8th Place (208 Points)|
|Totals||14 Seasons||14 Seasons|