Alison Wade enters her fourth season as men's and women's head cross country coach at Siena College.
Under her guidance, the cross country program has continued to show improvement while also excelling in the classroom. In February, both the men's and women's programs earned USTFCCCA All-Academic status for the second straight year.
During the 2011 season, Wade guided both the men's and women's squads to two spot improvements from the previous season. Additionally, the men had their highest MAAC finish since 2005 and ran the program's fastest time at Van Cortlandt Park in the past ten years.
Wade arrived from the University of Virginia where she served as men's and women's volunteer assistant coach for track and field in 2008-09. She helped the men's team win its first-ever ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Prior to that, Wade was the men's and women's assistant cross country coach at Amherst College. She helped guide the women's team to the 2007 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship and the men's team won its first New England Region Cross Country Championship in school history. The women's team was named the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team of the Year.
Wade has also spent time coaching in Kenya and at Tufts University and Amherst Regional High School.
In addition to coaching, Wade also compiled, edited and published The Runner's Cookbook: Winning Recipes from Some of the World's Best Athletes, a fundraiser for the Ryan Shay Memorial Fund and the Jenny Crain "Make It Happen" Fund.
Wade earned her bachelor's degree in women's studies with a concentration in women's sports from Bowdoin College in 1998. She earned her master's degree in sports leadership from Northeastern University in 2007.
During her collegiate career, Wade was a nine-time letterwinner in track and field and cross country. She earned All-NESCAC, All-New England and All-ECAC honors and qualified for the NCAA Championships in cross country.
Wade is the proud mother of twin girls, Hazel and Adeline, whom she gave birth to in March of 2011.