Paul Carr began his cross country coaching tenure at Wheaton in 1999, bringing a wealth of experience and success with him from the high school ranks. Entering his 14th season in 2012, Carr's coaching expertise has had a dramatic impact on the success of the men's and women's programs.
Under his tutelage, the women have finished among the top two at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship six times, while the men have been in the top four on three occasions.
With a healthy balance of seasoned runners and solid underclassmen, the women's squad captured its first conference championship in program history in 2004. The men finished fourth in the NEWMAC meet that year, with both teams securing All-America individual finishes at the NCAA Championship.
In 2006, Wheaton's women sent another competitor to the national meet. The squad finished second in the conference in both 2007 and 2008.
As the former head cross country coach at Oliver Ames High School in nearby Easton, Carr was at the helm during state championship boys' teams in 1997 and 1998. A USA Track & Field (USATF) Level I certified coach, he nurtured the talent of the nation's top high school distance runner, who ran 4:02 in the mile and 8:50 in the two-mile. Both times were the best in the nation for those events. His second runner ran a 4:14 mile. Carr was recognized as the 1998 Boston Globe Coach of the Year for Division II.
Carr graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He was a three-year cross country letterwinner with the Minutemen.
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