|Title:||Kennesaw State Head Coach|
Adam Bray is in his first season as the cross country head coach and track & field assistant coach.
“Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our distance program,” McDaniel said. “I have known Adam to be an outstanding recruiter and developer of athletes, and we are lucky to have him.”
Bray comes to KSU from Georgia Tech where he spent the fall of 2018 as a volunteer assistant coach with the cross country team. While on the Flats, Bray helped lead the women’s team to a 28th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
“I would like to thank Coach McDaniel and the athletic administration at Kennesaw State for this tremendous opportunity,” Bray said. “I am looking forward to coaching a young and excited group of athletes as well as getting to know everyone in the Kennesaw family. This is a great opportunity for me to further my career and positively impact those around me.”
Bray spent five seasons at Pittsburgh working with the cross country and distance groups. He coached multiple athletes to setting new school records in seven events, NCAA Championship qualifying athletes for Track & Field and Cross Country, multiple athletes with All-Region honors, All-Academic honors, and best program finishes in ACC Championship and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meets. In 2017, Bray helped Gillian Schriever become the first Pitt female distance runner to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2006 and break a 25-year old school record in the 10k.
Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Bray spent the 2012 cross country season as an assistant coach at Temple University. While at Temple, Bray coached the Mid-Atlantic Region individual champion and the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Athlete of the Year, Travis Mahoney. Mahoney went on to earn All-America honors for Temple at the NCAA Championships, finishing 38th overall. He also guided the men's team to its best conference finish in program history and had two student-athletes earn all-conference honors.
Bray was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Illinois from 2009-2012 and helped many mid-distance student-athletes achieving personal records. Working with both the men’s and women’s programs at Illinois, Bray was part of a staff that finished runner-up at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During Bray’s time at Illinois, he worked with NCAA Champions, NCAA Qualifiers, and multiple Big Ten Champions. The Fighting Illini teams went on to finish in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to Illinois, Bray was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Maryland from 2007-09. Bray was responsible for coaching the female mid-distance and distance student-athletes and helped many achieve all-conference and all-region honors.
Bray earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in 2005 in exercise science/sports management. He was a four-year letter winner and a team captain for the Zips cross country and track and field teams. He earned his sports science and coaching master's degree from Akron in 2006.