April 1, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - John Kenworthy has been named head coach of the Siena Cross Country program. Kenworthy joins the Saints following a three-year stint as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Sacred Heart University.
"We are fortunate to have been able to attract such a dedicated person from the running community to mentor and train our student athletes," said Associate Athletic Director Dennis Bates. "As a local product, his strong ties to the immensely talented New York state high school cross country circuit will help identify talented student athletes throughout the state."
Kenworthy played an integral role in the success of Sacred Heart's men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. Last fall, the men's cross country team ran fourth at the Northeast Conference Championships while the women placed second and won the ECAC Championship.
In Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Kenworthy helped coach six conference champions in distance events, 14 All-New England athletes and an NCAA Regional Qualifier. Last winter, Kenworthy aided in the development of Patrick Peterson who ranked 20th nationally in the 800 meters with a time of 1:48.69 and Brianna Castrogivanni who was the Northeast Conference Champion in both the 3K and 5K.
Kenworthy has also spent the past two years as the head girls cross country coach and assistant to the athletic director at Lauralton Hall High School in Milford, Conn. He coached 18 of the 25 fastest athletes in school history and each of his runners was named to the Honor Roll.
Kenworthy, who has served as the head counselor and staff coordinator at Five-Star Cross Country Camp in Rock Hill, N.Y. since 2006, ran cross country at Sacred Heart from 2005-09. A three-time team captain, he was a member of the Pioneers' 2008 Northeast Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship squads.
Kenworthy was a two-time Northeast Conference Champion in both the 3000 and 5000-meter events in track and field and an eight time All-Northeast Conference selection in various events. He broke five Sacred Heart school records and was a three-time IC4A qualifier and six-time All-New England Athlete.
Kenworthy received his B.A. in Political Science in 2009 and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. A native of nearby Gloversville, N.Y., Kenworthy inherits a Siena Cross Country program on the rise. The men's team had its best finish at the MAAC Championships since 2004 and the women were led by a pair of talented freshmen.