Amy Horst, the head women’s track and field coach at Loyola University Maryland since 2010, has added the title of head cross country coach, the school announced today.
Horst had been an assistant to the men’s and women’s cross country teams since arriving on the Evergreen campus, and she will now serve as the head coach for all of the Greyhounds’ running programs.
“I am excited to work closely with Coach Horst this summer as we prepare for the upcoming season,” says Chris Archacki, assistant athletic director. “Coach Horst and I are committed to reviewing our programs thoroughly and are proud of our student athletes academically and athletically.”
In addition to her role with the harriers, Horst has led a reorganization of the school’s track and field coaching staff. David Hightower will continue his role as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds, now in a full-time capacity.
Horst came to Loyola in 2010 after serving on the coaching staff at Marquette University. She also was an assistant at her alma mater, Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she earned her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering in 2002. Horst later earned a master’s of science in health care technologies from Marquette in 2004, and she is currently pursuing her MBA from Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business.
During her tenure at Loyola, Horst’s teams have set 31 school indoor and outdoor track and field records while also excelling in the classroom. The women’s track and field team has earned a spot on the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCAA) Division I All-Academic Team list for five-straight years.
In cross country, Horst has coached an NCAA Championships participant – Kiera Harrison, the school’s first student-athlete to qualify as such – and three All-NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region honorees.
Horst and the Greyhounds’ cross country teams will open their 2015 schedule on Friday, Sept. 4, when they travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland, for the Mount St. Mary’s Duals.