CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College Director of Athletics John Chandler has announced the restructuring of the cross country and track & field coaching staffs.
Current head track and field coach Aaron Carley will remain in that role, while also serving as director of the cross country and track and field programs. Ciara Kissane has been named the head cross country coach, while current volunteer coach Jessie Robison Clark '11 has been elevated to full-time assistant coach for cross country and track and field.
"Uniting the two programs under one philosophical approach will allow coaches and athletes to operate with a consistent theme throughout the cross country and track and field seasons," Carley said. "This move will also allow me to be more involved with the athletes during the cross country season. Overall, the goal is to manage the growth and development of the cross country and track and field programs into highly competitive teams in the Iowa Conference."
Kissane replaces Ben Mourer as head coach of the cross country teams, while she will also serve as an assistant with the track and field programs. A 2012 Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduate, Kissane spent last season as assistant coach for cross country and track and field at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. After receiving a master's in sports management from Florida State in 2013, Kissane has spent time as director of track and field operations at Sacramento State and in sports administration roles at the University of Buffalo and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
"Ciara is a fantastic addition to our coaching staff and will serve very well as our head coach for cross country and as an assistant for track and field," Carley said. "She brings a wealth of knowledge from her background as an athlete and assistant coach. After our first conversation, it was clear to me that she was ready to lead the Kohawk cross country and distance programs. Ciara is eager to get started and to begin the search for new Kohawks."
Clark has spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant for the cross country programs, while also serving as a volunteer coach with the track and field programs last year. Clark was a three-time All-Iowa Conference performer for the track and field team at Coe, while also running cross country in the fall.
"Jessie has been a consistent member of our coaching staff over the past two seasons," Carley said. "She brings energy and excitement to the distance programs, which made her an ideal person for this position. She is respected by the athletes, coaches and families of Coe. Jessie has demonstrated loyalty to the Kohawks as an athlete, volunteer and now a full-time assistant coach."