Midway through his sixth season at Georgia State in 2015-16, Chris England serves as head coach for both the Panther cross country and track and field indoor and outdoor teams. He has brought consistency in competition, in the classroom and in the community from his teams.
2015 Cross Country
The Panthers capped off a successful season with a fourth-place finish and an all-conference runner, while playing host to the Sun Belt Championship in Atlanta.
Despite the turnover from four veterans to a new squad, GSU finished in the top third of the Sun Belt's 11 teams and saw Stephanie Berger finish ninth to earn All-Sun Belt status. GSU also picked up the rivalry point in that series by finishing ahead of Georgia Southern.
The Panthers won the 6k Berry Invitational, while having two third-place and two fourth-place finishes during the season.
In cross country, GSU produced the individual Sun Belt Conference champion for the second time in three years as Hannah Stefanoff raced to the title, which earns first-team honors as well. The Panthers were ranked in five polls in the South Region, moving as high as No.10 during the season before injuries slowed the progress. The team won two meets during the fall season (Chattanooga Powerade and JSU Foothills).
The track and field team finished second at the Sun Belt Championships, finishing second with 129 points after leading with two events to go. The team won seven events at the Sun Belt Championships, earned nine All-Sun Belt honors and qualified six to go on to the NCAA Preliminaries.
GSU had the two Most Outstanding Performers, with Ravin Gilbert scoring 24 points at the championships with three first-place finishes, while LaPorscha Wells scored 20 points in winning the hammer and the shot put. The team set five school records and had four second-best marks in school history. GSU was honored three times with Sun Belt Performer of the Week winners.
In the classroom, the cross country team had a 3.59 fall GPA and a 3.60 spring GPA to rank second among all GSU teams. The program earned NCAA top 10 percent Academic Progress Rate status to earn national public recognition by the NCAA.
During the 2013-14 school year, the three teams saw a second-place finish from the outdoor track and field team at the Sun Belt Championships, a fourth-place finish at the SBC from cross country and a fifth-place finish at the SBC from the indoor track and field team.
The 2014 outdoor track and field team had three qualify for the NCAA East Preliminaries, three earn Sun Belt Runner-of-the-Week honors and four school set outdoor school records. The outdoor team had a conference champion and eight earn All-Sun Belt recognition by finishing in the top three. At the Sun Belt Championships, GSU's 111 points included a dramatic 76 points on the final day of the three-day event.
The 2014 indoor track and field team had eight earn All-Sun Belt Conference honors with a pair of second-place finishes in the championship meet. The indoor team had a Runner-of-the-Week winner and set three school indoor records. The team rose from seventh-place to fifth-place at the Sun Belt Championship meet with 70 points.
The 2013 cross country team was again ranked in the top 15 in the South Region and featured a pair of All-Sun Belt Conference runners. The team was one of the four ranked teams in the tough Sun Belt and finished fourth in the championship meet at Troy with top finishers in third- and seventh-place.
Previous Georgia State Results
n 2012, England was the Sun Belt Coach of the Year after guiding the women’s cross country team to Sun Belt championship in the team’s inaugural appearance in this conference. Top runner Katharine Showalter was the Sun Belt individual champion and became the fourth GSU runner to compete in the NCAA Championship meet.
England came to Georgia State as head cross country coach in March 2010 after serving three seasons in the same role at Murray State. He was elevated to interim track and field coach during July 2011 and was promoted to the position permanently in 2012.
In the first three seasons under his guidance, the Panther cross country teams have captured 13 conference runner of the week awards,eight All-CAA honors, one All-District distinction, the 2011 women’s CAA Rookie of the Year and the 2012 Sun Belt Runner of the Year.
England revived the dormant GSU Cross Country Invitational in 2010 which is now held at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton, Ga. This was the same course where the Panthers hosted the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.
During his first season in charge of the track and field program, the women’s team took third place at the CAA meet, winning four individual titles and earning 11 All-CAA honors. The awards included Most Outstanding Track performer Tamara Moore, who finished first in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
Murray State Coaching Experience
England guided the Murray State women’s cross country program to second place at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in 2008 and 2009 — the program’s highest finish in nearly two decades. England’s distance runners helped Murray State to third-place showings at both the indoor and outdoor conference track and field championships in 2009.
In 2009, England coached the OVC Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track in Katelyn Jones (indoor) and Taylor Crawford (outdoor). Crawford was additionally honored as the top female athlete at the indoor and outdoor championship meets, and both runners qualified for the 2009 NCAA regional. Jones was previously named OVC Freshman of the Year for indoor track in 2008.
Ohio State Coaching Experience
Before his stint at Murray State, England served as an assistant to the head cross country coach at his alma mater, Ohio State. In addition to working with numerous Big Ten champions and Olympic hopefuls, he served as meet manager for the Jesse Owens Classic and director for the Ohio State Cross Country Camp.
Wyoming and Boise State Coaching Experience
England previously worked at Wyoming as a graduate assistant in the athletics department, and then at Boise State, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
While competing for the Buckeyes, England was a two-time All-American in 1997 in the indoor 5,000 and outdoor 10,000 meters and earned multiple All-Big Ten accolades.
He still holds the Ohio State record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:43.42 and is second all-time in the 10,000 meters with a 29:01.29 and an indoor 5,000m of 13:58.94.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1997 and completed a master’s in geography at Murray State in 2009.
Professional Running Experience
After college, England ran professionally and trained full-time for the Olympic Trials. As a professional runner, he was nationally ranked and competed in distances from the mile to the marathon in elite races all across the United States and around the world. In 2006, he won a USA Track & Field (USATF) national title.
He has earned USATF Level II and Level I coaching certifications.
England served three years on active duty in the U.S. Army. During his military service, he competed on the Army World Class Athletic Program cross country and track and field teams and was a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), representing the U.S. Armed Forces in competitions around the world.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, England and his wife Miriam have a son, Ewan, age 5, and a daugher, Nola, age 2.