July 5, 2005
Stanford, Ca - Calling it a "very difficult decision, but one I feel is the best choice for my family at this time," Stanford head women's cross country coach Dena Evans has announced her resignation, effective at the end of the summer.
"Stanford Athletics has been a huge part of my life for the past 13 years," said Evans. "I will always consider myself blessed to be a member of the Stanford family."
Evans also served the past seven years as an assistant track coach (distance runners). During her tenure on The Farm, Evans helped guide the Cardinal women's distance running program into one of the best in the nation.
Evans was promoted to Head Women's Cross Country in 2003. Her first year as head coach in 2003 proved to be very successful. Evans coached the Stanford women to the 2003 NCAA cross country title. Sara Bei was named the Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the individual Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year. Alicia Craig was named the NCAA West Regional Athlete of the Year after repeating as individual champion at the regional meet. Arianna Lambie was named the 2003 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. For her efforts, Evans was named the 2003 NCAA and Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year.
In 2004, Stanford also enjoyed great success on the cross country course. After capturing the Pac-10 title for a record ninth straight year, the Cardinal then posted a strong victory at the NCAA West Regional for the sixth straight time. Then at the NCAA Championships, Stanford finished in the Top-5 for a tenth straight year as the Cardinal finished fifth.
During her two years as head cross country coach, Alicia Craig captured All-American honors twice, while Sara Bei earned All-America honors in 2003 along with Arianna Lambie and Katy Trotter.
During the 2004 cross country season, Teresa McWalters was voted the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Lindsay Flacks placed third among United States runners to help the United States squad to a fourth place finish at the World Junior Cross Country Championship in France.
"It has been a truly irreplaceable privilege to work with the student-athletes at Stanford," said Evans. "Our program has always enjoyed tremendous institutional support and I know that Dr. Leland (athletic director Ted Leland) and Coach Floreal (Edrick Floreal, women's track & field head coach) are committed to making the Stanford women's distance running tradition stronger than ever."
The student-athletes who competed under Evans in track also enjoyed outstanding success. During the 2005 NCAA Track & Field Championships, Sara Bei earned a second place finish in the 5,000 meters, Arianna Lambie captured third place in the 1,500 meters, and Teresa McWalters earned third place honors in the 5,000 meters to help Stanford finish fifth nationally. All three athletes gained All-America honors for their efforts.
"Dena Evans has made a substantial contribution to the great tradition of distance running at Stanford," said Dr. Ted Leland, Stanford's Director of Athletics. "Under her coaching expertise, Stanford runners not only gained numerous All-America honors, but also NCAA championships. Many of her runners also enjoyed success on the international level. We want to wish Dena the best of luck, and thank her for her outstanding contributions to Stanford cross country and track."
Numerous Stanford student-athletes set school records under the watchful eye of Evans. In 2004, Alicia Craig set the all-time NCAA collegiate record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:19.97. Katy Trotter set a American junior and school record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:07.55, the third fastest time in Pac-10 history. Arianna Lambie set a freshmen school record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:13.14, the seventh fastest time in the history of the Pac-10 Conference. Evans was one of nine coaches to be named the 2004 Mondo National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Evans has helped lead the Cardinal middle distance and distance runners to 15 All-America honors in cross country and 43 in track and field. Among the athletes she helped coach are five-time NCAA champion Lauren Fleshman, 2003 and 2004 NCAA 10,000 meter champion Alicia Craig, 1500 meter school record holder Malindi Elmore, and 11-time All-American Sally Glynn. Since 1999, Stanford student-athletes have won four individual titles at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, and four individual crowns at the NCAA West Regional Championships. During that same period, Cardinal women have won ten individual titles in the middle distance and distance events at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. Evans was named NCAA Western Region Co-Coach (cross country) of the Year in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004.