Adam Boothe Resigns as Head Women's Cross Country Coach
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- -After eight years, Adam Boothe, has stepped down as head women's cross country coach at UC Santa Cruz. He will be taking a position as Graduate Assistant Coach for the cross country and track & field programs at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. Winona State is an NCAA DII institution in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
"Leaving UCSC, and Santa Cruz was a tough decision, but it was time to move on" Boothe said. "I have enjoyed every minute of my time on campus and on the Central Coast, this really is a paradise. The opportunity to be an NCAA head coach at such a young age was an amazing experience, and certainly has helped prepare me for the next level."
In 2003, his first year of coaching, Boothe brought the program to its first ever NCAA DIII West Region Championship appearance. Just two years before, the team had been an intramural club on campus. Since '03, Boothe has guided the Banana Slugs to five top ten regional finishes as a team. Individually, Boothe has coached seven All West Region runners, and four NCAA DIII Championship qualifiers. As a club sport in track & field, one of Boothe's runners was ranked as high as 15th in the nation for 5,000 meters among DIII runners.
Boothe's teams have excelled in the classroom as well. In 2008 and 2009, the cross country team was named an NCAA DIII All Academic Team. In addition, four individuals have been named NCAA DIII Academic All Americans during Boothe's tenure.
A San Jose native, Boothe was a CCS Cross Country Champion and two time State Championship Qualifier while at Pioneer High School. He went on to Cal Poly SLO, where he was a back-to-back Big West Conference Cross Country Champion and NCAA DI National Qualifier. Boothe took over the program at UCSC soon after graduating from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in Political Science.
"I have been so lucky to have such great young women run on this team over the years" Boothe said. "They really have always been a family, and I hope they all continue their friendships long after their time at UCSC. I'll always root for the Banana Slugs!"
"Through Adam Boothe's excellent skills as a cross country coach, our women's cross country program has seen steady success every year of its young existence, both as a team and from individual runners" said Athletic director, Linda Spradley. "Adam's knowledge, coaching style and ability to motivate runners to push to improve in the classroom and on the course has had great positive affect."
Linda Spradley also added "Adam's experience working with all levels of runner is a tribute to his ability to get the most out of every athlete he has ever or will ever coach. He is a great coach. As for UCSC, he will always be a Slug."
Long time assistant coach and Santa Cruz native Aaron Jacobsen will take over immediately as interim head coach.