Craig Lake was named the Director of Men's and Women's CrossCountry and Track & Field at Brown University on August 16,2005. Lake is no stranger to the Ivy League, coming to Brown fromColumbia University, where she had spent eight years on the Lionscross country and track & field staff. Lake occupies theinaugural Alden Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross CountryCoaching Chair at Brown, the third Brown coaching position to befully endowed.
In the 2007-2008 season, Lake guided the men's cross countryteam to a New England Championship, as Smita Gupta '08 and ArielWright '10 on the women's side ran the third and fourth fastesttimes in Brown history at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.During the indoor season, Brown had three First Team All-Ivyselections, as the women placed second at Heps. Lake had threestudent-athletes receive CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine AcademicAll-District honors, while Ryan Graddy '08 earned Second TeamAcademic All-America honors.
In the past three seasons with the Bears, Lake has continued toimprove both the Cross Country and Track & Field programs,while coaching five women All-Americans in 2006. She coachedtwo-time All-American, Anna Willard '05, who is now the mostsuccessful woman distance runner in the history of the program, asshe holds school records in the 800m, 1,500m, 3k, 5k, and theSteeplechase. Willard competed in the steeplechase in Osaka, Japan,at the World Championships in August, 2007, and competed in the2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in the steeple chase.
Named assistant coach of cross country and track & fieldwhen she began at Columbia in 1997, Lake was promoted to head coachof women's cross country, and the associate head coach of men's andwomen's track & field two years ago. Over five seasons she ledthe women's cross country team to five top-25 finishes at the NCAAChampionships, including an 11th place finish in 2002 and 13thplace finishes in 2003 and 2004. In each of those seasons, Columbiawas ranked nationally most of the fall, rising as high as eighth.
Before her arrival, the Lions had never qualified for the NCAAChampionships. In 2002, Lake was named the NCAA Northeast RegionalCross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Columbia women totheir first ever Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. That sameyear, the Lions placed first at the NCAA Northeast Regional CrossCountry Championship. The team went on to win three straightHeptagonal Championships from 2002-2004. With the middle distanceand distance runners her focus, Lake coached two All-Americans atthis past year's NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In all she has coached 21 Ivy League Heptagonal Champions, 39Individual Metropolitan Indoor Track Champions, 59 Outdoor ECACqualifiers, 15 Academic All-Ivy selections and six AcademicAll-Americans. Prior to her arrival at Columbia, Lake spent oneyear at George Washington University as a men's and women'sassistant cross country and track coach. That year, GeorgeWashington had its highest team finish in school history at theAtlantic 10 Conference Meet.
A native of Washington D.C., Lake has also coached at the highschool level, serving as head coach of girls' cross country andtrack at Georgetown Visitation Prep in the spring of 1996. In 1995she graduated cum laude from Princeton with a B.A. in psychologyand pre-medical studies. A four-year member of the cross countryand track team, she earned All-East and All-Ivy outdoor trackhonors. She received her master's in exercise physiology fromColumbia's Teacher's College in 2001.