Iowa State women’s cross country and track and field adds assistant head coach

Members of the Iowa State women’s cross country team pose for photos with head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough after finishing a 6k during the NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional held at Iowa State on Nov. 10. The women’s team scored first place with a score of 90.

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Senior Associate Athletics Director Dr. Calli Sanders announced on Tuesday that Iowa State women’s cross country, as well as the women’s track and field team, would be adding a new assistant coach.

Amy Rudolph is a seven-time world champion, Olympic finalist and two-time NCAA champion.

According to the Iowa State Athletic Department, Rudolph will be the Associate Head Women’s Cross Country Coach and the Assistant Track and Field Coach.

Rudolph is a member of the Friars Athletic Hall of Fame at Providence University.

Rudolph has been coaching for 14 seasons at four different universities. She served as an assistant coach at Drake last year, a volunteer assistant coach at Auburn from 2010 to 2017, an assistant coach at Providence from 2005 to 2007 and an assistant coach at Bryant in 2004.

“Amy’s credentials as one of the premier long-distance runners in American history speak for themselves,” Sanders said in a release.

Rudolph has been competing in these events for a long time, competing in her first event at the age of six. Rudolph won every event as a child and she is an eight-time Pennsylvania State Champion.

“Her accolades as a competitor are world elite, but we were equally impressed with her personal attributes and vision for teaching her sport and training student-athletes as a coach,” Sanders said in a release. “Amy inherits an outstanding group of runners and her experience is a perfect match for our nationally ranked program.”