Former South Carolina Assistant Joins Colonials
Chelsea France enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for GW's men's and women's cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams.
The cross country and track programs continued to improve throughout the 2016-17 seasons. Both cross country programs garnered regional rankings from the USTFCCCA during the season, the first time in program history that both the men's and women's squads have been ranked at the same time. The momentum carried over into the indoor and outdoor track seasons as a number of program records were shattered throughout the year. Additionally, under France's leadership, GW earned a total of three individual conference championships.
In 2015-16 France helped the cross country and track programs to improvements across the board. Ryan Tucker had a standout senior season across the calendar year, highlighted by a third-place finish in the A-10 Cross Country Championship (tied for best in program history), a pair of Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference honors (cross country, indoor track) and four program records (indoor 3000m, indoor DMR, outdoor 1500m, outdoor 1500m). The women's cross country program tied for its best-ever team finish in program history by finishing fifth at the At-10 Championships. Men's and women's student-athletes also combined for five additional All-Conference honors for cross country (Ariana North, Miranda DiBiasio), indoor track (Miranda DiBiasio - 5000m) and outdoor track (Ryan DePinto - 1500m, Miranda DiBiasio - 10000m, Ariana North - 3000m Steeplechase).
In her first season, France played a key role in GW's transition to a year-round running calendar. She helped head coach Terry Weir mentor six Atlantic 10 All-Conference performers throughout the academic year. Then-sophomore Macaulay Porter earned All-Conference honors in women's cross country, graduate student Hannah Rowe was a two-time All-Conference performer in indoor track (5000m, 3000m) and Lauren t'Kint de Roodenbeke earned honors in the mile. During outdoor track season, senior John-Louis Pane earned All-Conference honors in the 3000m steeplechase while on the women's side, sophomore Ariana North was named All-Conference in the same event. Additionally, then-freshman Miranda DiBiasio turned in an All-Conference performance in the 5000m.
France, a four-year cross country and distance runner at the University of Virginia, spent 2013-14 as the manager and volunteer assistant coach for the University of South Carolina track and field and cross country programs.
At South Carolina, France was responsible for assisting in the planning and coordinating of travel and athletic events while coaching and developing student-athletes to academic and athletic achievement.
France was a four-year member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team (2008-12) for cross country while at Virginia and competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2011, placing 189th overall. Prior to the NCAA Championship, she placed 40th overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
France earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 2012 before earning a Master of Science in Sport & Entertainment Management from South Carolina in May 2014.
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