Penn State Brandywine got a running start this fall as it tee'd off with two new varsity sports: cross country and golf.
The theme of the campus' running program is to develop a lifelong understanding of the sport through play, education, work, development, relaxation, recovery and fun. And to accomplish this, the campus hired Kevin Kelly to lead the team as head coach.
Kelly began his coaching career in 1973 and has coached cross country and track and field at the high school level for more than 30 years. He coached at the collegiate level at the University of Florida from 1986 to 1988 and the University of Delaware from 1997 to 1999. Kelly has trained two national champions, three Olympians and eight All-Americans during his tenure and received honors on the local, state and national levels.
Kelly said he believes the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland corridor has some of the best distance runners in the United States and hopes to keep some of them close to home as part of the Penn State Brandywine team.
Jeffrey Herb joins the Lions as head coach of the new golf team. With an impressive background that includes turning pro in 2001 and four months on the NGA Hooters Tour, Herb is ready and willing to take the reins of the campus' budding new team. Having coached for more than eight years and being the first assistant professional at Edgmont Country Club, he said he is looking forward to expanding his career to the collegiate level.
For more information on Penn State Brandywine Athletics, contact Jim Gastner, at 610-892-1331 or JLG257@psu.edu.