Aug. 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC- Terry Weir has been named the head coach of the George Washington University men's and women's cross country teams, GW Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Mary Jo Warner has announced. Weir replaces Brian Beil who resigned in June to accept the head coach position at Flagler (Fla.) College.

Weir comes to GW from American University where he has served as an assistant coach for both the cross country and track and field programs from 2002-07 and 2009-11. In between his stints at American, Weir served as an assistant cross country and track coach at the University of Maryland.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to build a program at a phenomenal school like George Washington" said Weir. "Washington D.C. is such an exciting city and is one of the best places to run in the country. I want to thank Patrick Nero and Mary Jo Warner for this tremendous opportunity and I look forward to the challenge ahead."

While at AU, Weir helped the men's cross country team to automatic berths in the NCAA Championships from 2004-06 defeating perennial powers Villanova and Princeton at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals along the way. The Eagles were ranked in the top 30 in the nation during those three years. The men's team also captured five consecutive Patriot League Championships from 2002-06. On the women's side, he helped lead the Eagles to Patriot League titles in 2002 and 2003.

Individually, Weir helped head coach Matt Centrowitz coach eight different student-athletes to 20 All-American honors in cross country and track. Additionally, the Eagles saw 15 athletes earn the Patriot League Cross Country/Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards, two athletes earn Verizon All-Academic District II First Team and more than 300 athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

While at Maryland, Weir helped coach walk-on Alex Lundy to an automatic berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championship and helped guide the Terrapins to a sixth-place finish in the ACC in 2008-09, their highest finish in 20 years.

"Terry brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position of head men's and women's cross country coach," Warner said. "He's a professional runner who has served as assistant coach at two local universities under the leadership of former Olympians. We look forward to having him join our coaching staff."

A 1994 graduate of the University of South Alabama with a bachelor of science degree in international marketing, Weir was the 1993 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year. He was named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Cross Country team twice and was a five-time All-Conference selection in track and field.

Following his graduation Weir ran professionally for Reebok Enclave and trained for the 1996 Olympic trials from 1994-96. Prior to his collegiate coaching career he coached in the Virginia high school system as head coach at Oakton High School (1999-2002) and assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (1997-99).

At Oakton, Weir coached a total of 13 Virginia AAA State Champions including two USA Junior Track All-Americans, one Indoor National Champion and one Team USA World Junior Cross Country qualifier. While at Thomas Jefferson he assisted in guiding 12 Virginia State individual champions and helped the women's team to a victory in the distance medley relay National Championship and Virginia AAA Indoor State Team Championship.

GW men's and women's cross country teams open the 2011 season on September 2 at the Mount St. Mary's Duals.