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Prior to arriving at Lafayette, Straub spent one year working as a volunteer assistant track and field coach at Bucknell. Before being with the Bison, he was the assistant boy’s and girl’s junior high and high school cross country coach at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pa. for four years. While at Donegal, he helped the girl’s team claim its first ever District title. From 2013-15, the girl’s team finished in the top five out of 30 teams in the District 3 AA XC Championships. When Straub started at Donegal, the team held a 9-12 overall record and the team saw that mark improve every subsequent year. In Straub’s final season (2015), Donegal finished 18-3.
From 2011-12, he served as the head men’s cross country and track & field coach at Walsh. During his time at Walsh, he helped improve the average time of the top four runners in the 3000m from 9:27 to 8:57 over a five-month period.
Before Walsh, Straub spent 13 years at Elizabethtown as the Director of Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field. In those 13 years, the cross country and track & field teams won a combined 26 Middle-Atlantic Conference (MAC) team titles and produced 185 All-MAC athletes. With Straub at the helm of the program, the cross country and track and field teams were represented at 27 NCAA Division III cross country and track & field championships.
In his 13 years, the six Elizabethtown programs finished amongst the Top 20 teams at the NCAA Division III Championships a total of 13 times. Prior to his time at Elizabethtown, Straub was a volunteer assistant men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach at East Carolina University before moving on to a part-time head coaching gig at Susquehanna University.
Straub earned a Masters of Science degree in Sports Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1995 and a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 1993.