Entering his fourth season at Georgia State, Chris England serves as head coach for both the Panther cross country and track and field teams.
In 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 ever compete in the NCAA National 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 University. He was elevated to interim track and field coach during July 2011 and was promoted to the position permanently in 2012.
In the first two seasons under his guidance, the Panther cross country teams have captured six conference Runner of the Week awards, three All-CAA honors, one All-District distinction and the 2011 women’s CAA Rookie of the Year.
England revived the dormant GSU Cross Country Invitational in 2010 this time at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton, Ga. This was the same course where the Panthers hosted the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships for the first time since the Panthers joined the league in 2005.
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 eleven All-CAA honors. This included Most Outstanding Track performer Tamara Moore, who finished first in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
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 regionals. Jones was previously named OVC Freshman of the Year for indoor track in 2008.
Before his stint at Murray State, England served as an assistant to the head cross country coach at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. 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.
England previously worked at the University of Wyoming as a graduate assistant in the athletics department, and then at Boise State University, 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 NCAA 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.
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.
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 2.