For more than six years, John Gondak has been the assistant coach of the cross country and track teams at Penn State, and now his dedication and tenure have paid off.
Director and head coach of Penn State track and cross country program Beth Alford-Sullivan announced that Gondak has been promoted to associate head coach.
"It's exciting time for John to have received this promotion," said Sullivan in a GoPSUSports press release. "In the previous six years, he has done a tremendous job in recruiting and really helping shape the direction of our program. It is certainly well deserved and it's been a great honor to work with him over the years. I look forward to continuing to work with John in the future."
In his six years of service, Gondak, who oversees the middle and long distance student-athletes, has coached 10 first-team All Americans and 12 Big Ten champions.
That includes some of the most successful athletes at Penn State, like former Big Ten champion Ryan Foster, current sophomore Robby Creese and senior Casimir Loxsom, who ran the 800 meter prelims at the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer.
"We have accomplished many great feats with the program and will continue to strive to achieve at the highest level," Gondak said in the press release. "Penn State is one of the best Universities in the world and a premier place to be a student-athlete. I believe our success in Cross Country/Track and Field, along with the success we achieve in all of our sports in Happy Valley, demonstrates this."