Camels Name Maher Head Coach of Men’s Cross Country

Luke Maher in the Connecticut College Hall-of-Fame Room
Luke Maher in the Connecticut College Hall-of-Fame Room

(New London, CT) – Fran Shields, Director of Athletics at Connecticut College, announced today that Lucas Maher has been named head coach of men's cross country and Associate head coach of men's track & field.

"We are pleased to welcome Lucas into the Camel family," said Connecticut College Athletic Director, Fran Shields. "Not only does Lucas have great respect for his predecessor Jim Butler, he possesses the foundation to carry on Coach Butler's program at a high level.  His experience as a coach and student-athlete in NESCAC will have a positive impact on our student-athletes."

Maher, most recently the Interim head coach of men's cross country at Amherst College, replaces Jim Butler, who retired after 30 years as Head Coach of Men's Cross Country and Associate Head Coach of Men's Track & Field. Over the past three decades, Butler has built the Camels into one of the top Division III programs in New England, while overseeing the development of National Champions, All-Americans, and New England Champions. Butler recruited Michael LeDuc '14, who went into the Connecticut College annals as the College's most accomplished athlete in program history. LeDuc won three of the College's six individual NCAA Championships and was a nine-time All-American in cross country and track & field.

At Amherst, Maher was the assistant coach of cross country & track since 2013 and took over interim head coaching duties in 2017. Maher managed the daily training and conditioning regiments of his athletes resulting in Amherst cross Country & track being nationally ranked in Division III. Maher brings a tremendous amount of experience in recruiting high school student-athletes who meet a highly selective admission criterion in addition to athletic potential. Also, he is a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach and USTFCCCA Strength & Conditioning Certified.

" I have deep respect and admiration for the program and legacy built by Coach Butler at Connecticut College and, after eight years in the NESCAC, have been lucky enough to call him a both a mentor and colleague," said Maher. "I am both honored to have this opportunity and excited to take the reins from someone that has, to me, defined the core principles of NESCAC coaching. After witnessing the talent, dedication, and work ethic of the current men's team, I am thrilled to call myself a part of this program and look forward to building upon the years of Camel success!"

Maher, a four-year student-athlete, ran cross country and track at Tufts University and understands the competitive nature of the NESCAC. He majored in History and Africana Studies while at Tufts and received his BA in 2013. Maher received the Bennett Memorial Scholarship in 2013 at Tufts which is awarded to 'students who best exemplify the qualities of true sportsmanship as exhibited by the man whose name it bears.'

"I am really excited to have Luke Maher joining our cross country and track & field coaching staff," says Connecticut College women's cross country and track & field coach, Ned Bishop. "He brings tremendous experience to us in so many ways. He has been a successful NESCAC coach and student-athlete in two nationally recognized programs, and I look forward to this opportunity to collaborate with him for the benefit of our teams here at Connecticut College!"