Cross Country Coaching Staff
Head Women's Coach
Kevin Jermyn enters his 14th season with the Blue Devils in the fall of 2013. Jermyn was named Associate Head Track & Field Coach in 2003 and Head Women's Cross Country Coach in July of 2004. His primary responsibilities include coaching Duke's middle and long distance runners.
The 2012 women’s cross country campaign saw Jermyn direct the Blue Devils to a second-place finish at the ACC Championships, the program’s third Southeast Region title and a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Championships. Kelsey Lakowske and Juliet Bottorff each collected the first All-America honors of their careers in cross country and also earned spots on the All-ACC team. In addition, Lakowske and Bottorff were joined by Suejin Ahn and Carolyn Baskir in receiving all-region accolades. Four Duke women were named to the All-ACC Academic team at the conclusion of the fall, with Bottorff taking home ACC Women’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
During the 2013 indoor and outdoor track and field season, Jermyn coached Cydney Ross to two ACC titles (indoor 800 and outdoor 800) and Juliet Bottorff to an ACC Indoor title (5,000). Five women qualified for the NCAA East First Round including Ross (800), Anima Banks (800), Megan Deakins (10,000), Jessie Rubin (5,000) and Esther Vermeer (3,000 Steeplechase). Ross and Banks advanced to the NCAA Championships with Ross earning first team All-America honors with a seventh place finish and school record breaking time of 2:02.48.
Since his arrival in Durham, Jermyn has helped lead the Duke women's cross country, middle and long distance programs to national prominence. The 2004 and 2005 cross country installments placed second and third, respectively, at the NCAA Championships, while also capturing ACC and Southeast Region titles. The Blue Devils also claimed the Southeast Region title again in 2009 and 2012. Under Jermyn's guidance, the Blue Devils have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships five of the last nine seasons, and 30 Jermyn-coached athletes have earned All-Southeast Region honors.
On the track, Jermyn's athletes have rewritten every middle and long distance relay school record both indoors and outdoors. The Blue Devils won the 2005 Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America title, the first Penn Relays title in Duke history for the women, as well as the 4x800m relay in 2011.
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, a program-best 16th-place showing at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the team title at the 2009 ECAC Indoor Championships and the team title at the 2011 and 2012 ECAC Outdoor Championships. In 2013, USTFCCCA ranked the women’s program 14th in its final Program of the Year standings.
Individually, Jermyn has coached 18 athletes to a total of 41 NCAA All-America performances in 13 years. Jermyn coached Shannon Rowbury to Duke's first ever NCAA individual championship with her victory in the one-mile run at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships. He also guided Juliet Bottorff to the program's first NCAA individual title outdoors in the 10K during the 2011 season.
At the ECAC Championships, Jermyn has guided a total of 63 All-East performers, including 10 individual and seven relay championships, while Jermyn has also coached 34 All-ACC performers and nine ACC Champions. In addition, Jermyn has coached 10 women who have represented the United States in international cross country competitions.
A true student and fan of the sport, Jermyn is continuously involved in coaching education programs, clinics and camps. He is an USATF Level III certified coach in endurance and Level II certified in sprints, relays and hurdles. Jermyn also directs the Duke Running Camp during the summer months.
Jermyn's experience as a national class runner from high school through the professional ranks is an invaluable asset to his coaching. He competed professionally in cross country and track and field for the Reebok Enclave. Jermyn was a member of the victorious Reebok Enclave team at the 1998 USATF Cross Country Championship and raced to a personal best of 3:43.56 for 1,500-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., Jermyn was a three-time national high school champion, two-time New York state champion and a 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. Jermyn obtained a master's degree in liberal studies from Duke University in 2006. Jermyn's thesis was on the coaching implications of gender differences among collegiate runners.