Aug. 16, 2005
Providence, RI - Craig Lake has been named Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field at Brown University. Lake is no stranger to the Ivy League, coming to Brown from Columbia University, where she has spent the last eight years on the Lions cross country and track & field staff. Lake replaces Robert Johnson, who spent the last five years as Brown's Director.
Lake will occupy the inaugural Alden Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Coaching Chair at Brown, the third Brown coaching position to be fully endowed.
"This is a great day for Brown University. The opportunity for us to bring in someone like Craig to our University promises great things for the future," said Brown athletic director Michael Goldberger. "Her success at Columbia is really unsurpassed in terms of creating a program that is now one of the elite programs in the country and we're expecting the same great things to happen at Brown."
"I'm really excited about the prospect of taking the men's and women's programs to the top of the Ivy League," said Lake. "I was extremely impressed with the high student satisfaction rate when I visited the campus so I am thrilled to be joining the Brown community."
Named assistant coach of cross country and track & field when she began at Columbia in 1997, Lake was promoted to head coach of women's cross country, and the associate head coach of men's and women's track & field two years ago.
Over the last five seasons she led the women's cross country team to five top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including an 11th place finish in 2002 and 13th place finishes in 2003 and 2004. In each of those seasons, Columbia was ranked nationally most of the fall, rising as high as eighth. Before her arrival, the Lions had never qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In 2002, Lake was named the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Columbia women to their first ever Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. That same year, the Lions placed first at the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship. The team went on to win three straight Heptagonal Championships from 2002-2004.
With the middle distance and distance runners her focus, Lake coached two All-Americans at this past year's NCAA Outdoor Championships. In all she has coached 21 Ivy League Heptagonal Champions, 39 Individual Metropolitan Indoor Track Champions, 59 Outdoor ECAC qualifiers, 15 Academic All-Ivy selections and six Academic All-Americans.
Prior to her arrival at Columbia, Lake spent one year at George Washington University as a men's and women's assistant cross country and track coach. That year, George Washington had its highest team finish in school history at the Atlantic 10 Conference Meet.
A native of Washington D.C., Lake has also coached at the high school level, serving as head coach of girls' cross country and track at Georgetown Visitation Prep in the spring of 1996.
In 1995 she graduated cum laude from Princeton with a B.A. in psychology and pre-medical studies. A four-year member of the cross country and track team, she earned All-East and All-Ivy outdoor track honors. She received her master's in exercise physiology from Columbia's Teacher's College in 2001.