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Curcio Adds Straub to Cross Country and Track & Field Staff

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette cross country and track & field head coach Michele Curcio announced that Chris Straub will join her staff as a new assistant coach for the 2016 season.

Straub will be an assistant coach for Lafayette cross country and track & field, coaching the middle distance and distances runners.

"Chris will bring a wealth of knowledge and energy to our staff," Curcio said. "He had great success building Elizabethtown College into a nationally ranked Division III program.  He is a great recruiter and extremely knowledgeable of training distance runners.  Chris also has a Master's degree in Sports Psychology which will be a great addition to our program."

Straub, who graduated from James Madison University in 1993, joins the Leopards' after serving as a volunteer assistant men's and women's track & field coach at Bucknell this past spring.

Prior to Bucknell, Straub spent three years as the assistant boy's and girl's junior high and high school cross country coach at Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pa. 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.

Before coaching at the junior and high school level, Straub spent a year as the head men's cross country and track & field coach at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. At Walsh, he helped the top four runners improve their 3000m time from 9:27 to 8:57.

From 1998-2011, he spent his time as the Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field at Elizabethtown College. Prior to his 13 seasons 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.