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Terry Weir is in his fourth season as the head coach of George Washington's men's and women's cross country teams.
Under Weir's tutelage, then-sophomore Ryan Tucker set a new program record at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship by finishing the 8,000-meter course in 24:41, the fastest time by a GW harrier at the event in program history.
Also in 2013, the men's and women's programs combined for four top-five finishes while graduate student Angela Ryck became the first Colonial to win an event (Catholic Invitational on Sept. 7) since Megan Hogan in 2010.
In his second season, Weir elevated the women's cross country team to a regional ranking of No. 15 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, the first-ever regional ranking in program history. Additionally, under Weir's guidance then-senior Heather Stevens garnered Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors with a 15th-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. The Colonials' 10th-place finish was the best team finish at the event since 2009.
Also in Weir's second year, the men's and women's teams combined for four top-five finishes at team events.
Weir brings 14 years of coaching experience in the DC area to GW after serving as assistant coach for cross country and track and field at nearby American University (2002-07; 2009-11), University of Maryland (2007-09) and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia (1997-99) and head coach at Oakton High School (1999-2002).
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.
In Weir's first year at Maryland, the Terrapin cross country and distance runners saw immediate results. Both the men's and women's 4x800m relay teams set school records as did the women's distance medley relay. Greg Kelsey made All-ACC in the men's 3000m indoors and steeplechase outdoors. He was the first male distance runner to score at ACC's in 14 years. Megan Braffet was All-ACC in the10K run placing 3rd. Her time provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
The 2008-09 season saw the men's cross country team finish 6th in the ACC, the highest finish in 20 years. Weir also coached walk-on Alex Lundy to an automatic berth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In outdoors, Kristen Reed broke the school record and regional qualified in the women's steeplechase, the first Terrapin female distance runner to qualify for the NCAA Region Meet.
Weir began his coaching career in the Virginia high school system spending five years at Thomas Jefferson and Oakton high schools. At Oakton, Weir coached 13 state champions, 2 USA Junior Track All-Americans, 1- Indoor National Champion and a World Junior XC qualifier. In his first year, Oakton won its first women's 4x800m relay state title. Weir then went on to coach future All-American Keira Carlstrom, to two state cross country and 1600m titles. She also received high school All-American honors in the 1500m, and Phil Gaeta, the Indoor National Mile Champion and high school All-American honors in the 1500m. In 2001, Weir coached Matt Maline to 6th place at the USA Junior World Cross Country Championships, earning a spot on the Team USA World Junior Cross Country Team.
At Thomas Jefferson, Weir assisted head coach Matt Ryan in guiding 12 Virginia state champions, winning the 1998 women's Virginia Indoor AAA State Team Championship, women's Nike Indoor National Champions in the DMR and breaking the Virgina State Record in the women's 4x800m relay.
Weir ran professionally for the Reebok Enclave under coaches/mentors Matt Centrowitz and Frank Gagliano training for the 1996 Olympic Trials. At the University of South Alabama, Weir was the 1993 Sun Belt Cross Country, as was select as the 1993 Conference Runner of the year. He was member of the All-Conference team twice and five-time All-Conference pick in track and field.
Weir currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia