Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Kevin Jermyn, who was named Associate Head Track & Field Coach in 2003 and Head Women’s Cross Country Coach in July of 2004, enters his eighth season with the Blue Devils. Jermyn’s primary responsibilities include coaching the women’s middle and long distance runners, which he has developed into a program of national prominence. He was awarded ACC Coach of the Year and NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors for the 2004 and 2005 cross country seasons and also was named the NCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year for distance in the 2004 outdoor season.
The women’s cross country team finished second and third in 2004 and 2005 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and claimed both the ACC and NCAA Southeast Region Championships each of those years. The Blue Devils have qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships five consecutive years under Jermyn’s guidance, including three consecutive top-10 team finishes. On the track, the Blue Devils middle distance group won the 2005 Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America title, the first Penn Relays title in school history for the women. Jermyn’s student-athletes have rewritten every middle and long distance Duke relay record indoors and outdoors. The success of the Blue Devil middle and long distance runners also led Duke to a school-record 12th-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships and a 2nd-place finish at the 2005 ECAC Indoor meet.
Individually, Jermyn has coached nine NCAA All-America performers in just seven years. Jermyn coached Shannon Rowbury to Duke’s first-ever NCAA individual championship with her victory in the mile at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships. Jermyn also coached Shannon Rowbury and Clara Horowitz to two NCAA runner-up finishes each (Rowbury in the mile in 2005 and 3,000m in 2007; Horowitz in the 5,000m and 10,000m in 2006). At the NCAA Regionals, Jermyn has coached two individual champions, guided 14 athletes to All-Southeast Region honors in cross country and led five All-East Region performers in outdoor track. At the ECAC Championships, Jermyn has led five athletes to ECAC individual championships and three relay team championships. Five of his student-athletes have represented the United States in international cross country competitions.
A true student and fan of the sport, Jermyn is continually involved in coaching education programs, clinics and camps. Jermyn is a USATF Level III certified coach in endurance and is Level II certified in sprints, relays and hurdles. During the summer Jermyn directs the Duke Running Camp.
Jermyn’s experience as a national class runner, from high school through the professional ranks, is an invaluable asset to his coaching. A member of the victorious Reebok Enclave team at the 1998 USATF Cross Country Championship, he raced to a personal best of 3:43.56 for the 1500-meters on the track. As an undergraduate at Georgetown University, Jermyn led the Hoyas as team captain to numerous Big East and IC4A team championships and NCAA Championship appearances. Individually, Jermyn was an All-America, All-East and All-Big East selection in track and field. As a prep at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, N.Y., he was a three-time National High School Champion, two-time New York State Champion and winner of the prestigious Millrose Games high school mile.
Jermyn graduated from Georgetown University cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance, and a minor in psychology. He obtained a masters degree in liberal studies at Duke in 2006. Jermyn’s thesis was on the coaching implications of gender differences among collegiate runners.