2016 USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
2016 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
2016 Sunshine State Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
2015 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
2015 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year
The 2017-18 season will mark Kent Reiber’s third full season as head coach for Saint Leo's cross country and distance track programs, after spending four seasons as an assistant coach. He was named the Lions' head coach on May 27, 2015.
In this second season at the helm of Saint Leo cross country, Reiber guided the Lion men to their third straight Sunshine State Conference championship and a second-place finish at the 2016 NCAA South Region Championship. Three Saint Leo men’s runners finished among the top four at the SSC meet, paced by individual SSC champion Ronald Cheserek who posted a time of 24:24.79 over the 8K course.
Senior Rafal Matuszczak became Saint Leo’s first men’s cross country All-American when he finished 39th at the 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships with a 10K time of 31:19.5.
The Saint Leo women’s team claimed its second SSC crown in the last three seasons, led by individual champion and All-American Colett Rampf. Rampf won in a time of 20:26.67, winning the event by nearly 39 seconds over teammate and second-place finisher Alyssa Bayliff.
The season was further highlighted by Cheserek and Rampf each winning U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week honors during the season, becoming the first men’s and women’s runners in SSC history to earn the accolade.
Saint Leo capped the 2016 cross country campaign by having both teams qualify for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships – fourth straight appearance for the men and third for the women – which were hosted by the Lions at the Abbey Course adjacent to the Saint Leo campus. Saint Leo will play host to the NCAA national championship again in 2021, while hosting the South Region meet in 2020 and 2021.
The Lions’ success continued into the distance track season, where Rampf earned USTFCCCA All-American honors in both the 3000m steeplechase (third, 10:04.60) and the 5000m run (seventh, 16:36.83).
In his first season, Reiber guided the men's team to a second consecutive SSC title and the program's first South Region crown. On the women's side, Reiber coached the first USTFCCAA All-American in sophomore Colett Rampf, who earned All-America honors in both cross country and in outdoor track in the 3000m steeplechase.
“Kent Reiber has been a large part of the rise and success of our cross country program. He was a key element in the men’s team qualifying for nationals in 2013 and 2014, and we feel he is ready to assume the leadership role of the two programs along with distance track,” said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo director of athletics, at the time of Reiber’s appointment. “I am confident in a smooth transition that will result in continued success with Kent as the next head coach.”
Reiber had been the program’s interim head coach since mid-April 2015. He was instrumental in coaching Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country to Sunshine State Conference Championships in 2014, the first conference titles in either program’s history.
Saint Leo men’s cross country runners claimed back-to-back SSC individual titles under Reiber’s tutelage in 2013 and 2014, while Valentin Lenz was named the 2013 United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Athlete of the Year. In women’s cross country, Reiber helped coach a pair of women’s SSC individual champions in Tereza Novotna (2011) and Colett Rampf (2014).
Novotna became Saint Leo’s first qualifier for the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship, after finishing second in a photo-finish at the 2011 NCAA South Region meet.
In Spring 2015, as the program’s interim head coach, Reiber coached Rampf (women’s 3000m steeplechase) and Herns Agyemang-Duah (men’s 800m) to appearances at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Since Reiber’s arrival at Saint Leo in 2011, Saint Leo men’s and women’s cross country runners have garnered eight SSC Runner of the Year awards, six SSC Freshman of the Year awards, and won eight SSC individual championships.
Reiber has coached five SSC individual champions, four SSC runners of the year, and four SSC freshmen of the year.
Reiber is a 2011 graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Science degree in health science, and received his Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo in 2013. He holds USA Track and Field (USATF) Level II Certification and is a member of the USATF Coaches Registry.
Reiber came to Saint Leo after one year of coaching at Marietta and helped coach the Pioneers' first-ever male runner to the Division III national championship, as well as multiple male and female Academic All-Region awards.
In addition, Reiber also spent time as the Avon Lake High School (Avon, Ohio) volunteer assistant in 2006.