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Adam Bray enters his fourth season as assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh cross country and track and field teams. The Canton, Ohio, native works directly with women’s cross country and women’s distance student-athletes during the track and field seasons.
The Pitt women’s cross country program has seen great improvement since Bray joined in January 2013. During the 2015 campaign the Panthers tied a program-best finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, placing seventh. Earlier that season the women finished a program-best ninth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
On the track, Bray has coached two All-ACC performers in Gillian Schriever (5,000 meters) and Kelly Hayes (3,000m steeplechase). With Bray at the helm, the Panthers have broken three school records, including the indoor distance medley relay (2016), 3,000m steeplechase (2016) and 4x1500 meters (2015). The program has continually improved under Bray’s guidance, with student-athletes achieving personal bests and qualifying for NCAA preliminary meets.
Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Bray spent the 2012 cross country season as an assistant coach at Temple University. While at Temple, Bray coached the Mid-Atlantic Region individual champion and the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Athlete of the Year, Travis Mahoney. Mahoney went on to earn All-America honors for Temple at the NCAA Championships, finishing 38th overall. He also guided the men's team to its best conference finish in program history and had two student-athletes earn all-conference honors.
Bray spent 2009-12 as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Illinois and was a key contributor to many mid-distance student-athletes achieving personal records. Working with both the men’s and women’s programs at Illinois, Bray was part of a staff that finished runner-up at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During Bray’s time at Illinois he worked with NCAA Champions, NCAA Qualifiers, and multiple Big Ten Champions. The Fighting Illini teams went on to finish in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to Illinois, Bray was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Maryland from 2007-09. Bray was responsible for coaching the female mid-distance and distance student-athletes and helped many achieve all-conference and all-region honors.
Bray earned an undergraduate degree from Akron in 2005 in exercise science/sports management. He was a four-year letter winner and a team captain for the Zips cross country and track and field teams. He earned his sports science and coaching master's degree from Akron in 2006.
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