EUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College Athletics has named Bill Steyer as cross country coach. Steyer recently relocated to Eugene from Homer, Alaska, where he served as the high school’s head coach for cross country and track and field. During his seven-year tenure in that role, Steyer helped produce five state championship team titles and six state runner-up team awards. In his last year as head coach, 2016-17, both the boys and girls cross country teams won state titles. This was the third consecutive championship for the girls and the first time ever for the boys. Last spring, the Homer girls track and field team also won their first state championship. Despite being a small school, Steyer’s high school became a recognized running powerhouse. Steyer was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USATFCCCA), among other awards.
Steyer is a former competitive distance runner and triathlete. During his 22 years in Alaska he competed in numerous mid/long distance road and trail races with many strong finishes. He was also a former competitive long distance dog musher having completed five one-thousand-mile long sled dog races including the Iditarod. His highest finish was in fifth place.
Steyer has a USATF Level 1 Certification and USATFCCCA Technical Certification for the sprint, jumping, and distance events. He has a bachelor of arts degree of arts in geography/natural resource management from the University of Washington.
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