EUGENE, ORE. -- Oregon track and field head coach Robert Johnson strenghthed his coaching staff on Monday with the hiring of Helen Lehman-Winteres, the head track and field coach at the University of San Francisco.
During Lehman-Winters 15 seasons at USF, she has become an eight-time WCC cross crountry coach of the year and led the lady Dons to a runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She will join the Ducks as an associate head coach for cross crountry and track and field, while also helping lead the distance and cross country programs for the Men and Women of Oregon.
"Helen is an incredible addition to our coaching staff, and we can't wait for her to get started," said Johnson. "She is a seasoned, smart, talented and proven coach, and a relentless recruiter. She values the opportunity and responsibility to provide student-athletes with the tools and experiences that prepare them not only to be elite athletes, but also for life after college. I am excited and confident in her ability to take our men's and women's distance program to new and exciting heights."
"I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the rich tradition of track and field at the University of Oregon," Lehman-Winters said, "and I am grateful for the confidence and faith that Robert Johnson and the administration have in me to take on this role. I can't wait to get to work, meet the student-athletes, start recruiting and begin the process of contributing to a championship program."
With USF's runner-up finish in 2017, Lehman-Winters guided the San Francisco women to the most successful season in program history. Their accolades included a WCC team title, an individual conference championship for Charlotte Taylor and the best national team finish in program history.
Taylor made history under Lehman-Winters during the 2017 outdoor season, winning the NCAA title in the 10,000 meters to become the first female national championship in school history.
During Lehman-Winters time at USF, she has coached student-athletes to 52 all-WCC honors and 14 USTFCCCA all-American awards, including six in 2017-2018.
"I have enjoyed my 15 years at the University of San Francisco and I leave an incredible team and staff," Lehman-Winters said, "but I am thrilled to begin a new journey at Oregon and uphold the exceptional legacy of distance running. Eugene is a special community and I am so excited to bring my family here and become immersed in the TrackTownUSA experience."
Prior to becoming head coach at USF, Lehman-Winters spent three seasons as a volunteer for UCLA after 15 seasons at the high school level. She led the cross country and track programs at El Cerrito High School (1985-89) and Carondelet High School in Concord (1989-2000).
Lehman-Winters competed in cross country and track at UC Santa Barbara before graduating from University of California, Berkeley in 1987. She earned her masters degree in sport psychology from John F. Kennedy in 1987. She and her husband, John, have three children, Miles, Mathias and Milana.
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