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Josh McDougalAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('08)
Start Date: 08/15/2011
Josh McDougal, the 2007 NCAA National Cross Country Champion and a 14-time All-American, is in his third season as an assistant coach for Liberty's men's and women's cross country and track & field squads. He primarily coaches the men's distance runners.
During McDougal's three seasons as a full-time assistant cross country coach, he has helped guide the Liberty men's squad to three straight Big South Conference titles. The Flames have now won an unprecedented nine consecutive Big South cross country championships since beginning the streak during McDougal's sophomore season on the team. The 2012 Flames went on to finish seventh at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, marking the team's best regional placement since 2008.
On the track in 2013, four of McDougal's mid-distance and distance charges combined to win five Big South titles and a pair of IC4A crowns. Isaac Wendland broke McDougal's program record in the 1,500 on his way to qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
McDougal also worked with the Flames' distance runners each of the previous three years, prior to joining the staff on a full-time basis. During the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years, he was a graduate assistant for the track & field and cross country squads. McDougal then served as a volunteer assistant for the 2010 men's and women's cross country teams.
McDougal helped oversee the successful career of Sam Chelanga, who won four NCAA national championships and set the all-time collegiate 10K record at 27:08.39. Additionally, the Liberty men's cross country team won all three Big South titles during McDougal's time as a graduate and volunteer assistant, while the Lady Flames captured two conference crowns.
During his own career, McDougal earned four All-America honors in cross country, seven in indoor track & field and three in outdoor track & field. When he graduated, he owned Liberty's 8K and 10K cross country records, as well as every indoor and outdoor track & field school record from 1,500 meters through 10,000 meters. His outdoor 5,000-meter personal best (13:20.43) made him the sixth-fastest collegiate performer of all-time, at the time.
The pinnacle achievement of the Peru, N.Y., native's college career came on Nov. 19, 2007, when he outkicked Oregon's Galen Rupp to capture the NCAA Division I National Cross Country title by one second. McDougal became the first men's athlete in Liberty history to capture an NCAA Division I national championship and recorded his 23rd victory in 27 collegiate cross country races.
McDougal also won numerous Big South Conference honors during his career, including a trio of Big South Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year distinctions and four Big South Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards. A 17-time Big South individual champion, McDougal helped the Flames win 10 Big South team championships during his four years at Liberty.
McDougal enjoyed success at the IC4A meet as well, capturing seven individual event titles. At the 2007 IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships, McDougal swept the men's 1,500, 5K and 10K championships for the first time in the meet's 132-year history. His efforts enabled the Flames to earn the IC4A team championship for the first time since 1996.
McDougal graduated from Liberty with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2008. He is currently working toward a master's degree in human services.
McDougal and his wife, Victoria, were married in July 2011 and gave birth to their first son, Declan, in July 2013.