Andy Gerard, who has helped elevate the distance running program at the College of William & Mary to one of the top tier programs in the nation, has been hired by Stanford University to become their head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track and field coach. Since becoming William & Mary's head cross country and track coach in 1997, Gerard has taken his team to the NCAA Championships in cross country every year. Before coming to William & Mary, Gerard served as an assistant at Stanford from 1993 to 1996.
Replacing Gerard at William & Mary is Alex Gibby, who recently was coaching at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. Gibby, a William & Mary graduate, has a qualified background as a runner and coach. As a runner, Gibby starred at Langley High School and then went onto becoming a four-time All-CAA honoree, CAA 5K champion, and a member of two NCAA-qualifying cross country squads (1994 and 1995) at William & Mary. Prior to taking the head cross country coach and assistant track coach job at Stephen F. Austin, Gibby served as a top assistant to Gerard for three years at William & Mary. During his tenure as a Tribe assistant, William & Mary advanced to the NCAA Championships in cross country as they garnered top thirteen finishes all three years. At Stephen F. Austin, Gibby made a fledgling program in two years become a conference powerhouse as he in all coached over 30 all-conference athletes, 12 conference champions, and over a dozen school record holders.