Women's Cross Country


  Julie LaFreniere
Julie  LaFreniere

Gardner, Mass.

High School:
Gardner HS

Last College:
Massachusetts '77

Head Coach


Minutewomen To Compete In A-10 Conference Championships

From seniors to freshman and their strong nucleus of sophomores the UMass women's cross country team will need a complete team effort this week at the A-10 Championships.


Sarah Barrett Claims Top Spot For Minutewomen

The young UMass women's cross country team gains the experience of running in the spotlight of the Paul Short Invitational as well as improving in their pack running heading into the New England Championships.


Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Introduces The 2012-13 Freshman Class

Head Coach Julie LaFreniere and her Assistant Coaches David Jackson and Darcy Wilson hope to continue to bring in young talent for the 2012-13 season.


Women's Cross Country Schedule Announced For 2012

Both the men and women will compete the first two weeks of their season on their home turf.


WXC Crosses Season's Finish Line At NCAA's

Karen Roa led the Minutewomen for the sixth meet this season on Saturday.



WOMEN'S XC - UMASS INVITATIONAL Photos by Thom Kendall '93



WXC - UMASS INVITE Photos by Thom Kendall '93

Julie LaFreniere has been a part of the foundation of the UMass women's cross country and track and field teams, playing an instrumental role in both programs' rise to prominence since the beginning of their existence at Massachusetts. She enters her 29th year as head coach of the cross country and track and field programs at UMass in 2015-16.

While at the helm of the UMass teams, LaFreniere has accumulated several coaching and team accolades. She was named the Atlantic 10 women's cross country Coach of the Year six times (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999) and has led the Minutewomen to seven A-10 cross country championships.

In 1995, she added her first NCAA qualifier to her list of accomplishments when Rebecca Donaghue qualified for the NCAA Championship, finishing 50th in the national competition. Donaghue qualified again in 1996 under LaFreniere's tutelage. LaFreniere added another runner to her list of NCAA qualifiers, when Kristin Cisowski competed in the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

In addition to her cross country accomplishments, LaFreniere has also accumulated success in track and field. She led the Minutewomen to their first-ever A-10 outdoor track and field championship in 1999, and was named Atlantic 10 outdoor track and field Coach of the Year in the same season. LaFreniere led the Minutewomen back to another title in 2001, and once again received Coach of the Year honors from the A-10.

In 2008, LaFreniere sent Christina DeRosa to the NCAA Track & Field National Championships, where she placed 18th overall in the 10,000 meters. DeRosa became LaFreniere's fourth track and field performer to compete in the NCAA Championships.

LaFreniere has also found success while coaching the UMass indoor track and field team. She was named the 1996 Atlantic 10 Indoor track and field Coach of the Year, and led the Minutewomen to A-10 indoor titles in 1996 and 1998.

In addition to competing in the A-10, LaFreniere's squads have also participated in the New England and ECAC championships. In 1995, she coached the first UMass track and field All-American when Kelly Liljeblad placed fifth in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championship.

After graduating from UMass in 1977, LaFreniere held head coaching positions at the high school level for four years. She later returned to UMass to pursue a master's degree in Sport Management. Upon receiving her graduate degree in 1986, LaFreniere was named the Minutewomen's head cross country and track and field coach in 1987.

As a student-athlete, LaFreniere helped lead the UMass women's cross country team to the New England Championship and a ninth-place finish at the first AIAW women's national championship. She left her mark on the Minutewomen squad when she set school records in the half-mile and mile, and received MVP awards for both cross country and track and field in 1976 and 1977. LaFreniere is a member of the the Gardner (Mass.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and currently resides in Petersham, Mass.


LaFreniere's Year-By-Year Head Coaching Record
Cross Country Indoor Track Outdoor Track Season Notes
Year Place Year Place Year Place
1988 NC 1988-89 NC 1988-89 NC --
1989 3rd 1989-90 NC 1989-90 NC --
1990 3rd 1990-91 NC 1990-91 NC --
1991 1st 1991-92 NC 1991-92 NC A-10 XC Champions, COTY (XC)
1992 1st 1992-93 T-2nd 1992-93 NC A-10 XC Champions, COTY (XC)
1993 2nd 1993-94 -- 1993-94 NC
1994 3rd 1994-95 2nd 1994-95 NC
1995 1st 1995-96 1st 1995-96 NC A-10 XC & Indoor Champions, COTY (XC, I)
1996 1st 1996-97 2nd 1996-97 2nd A-10 XC Champions, COTY (XC)
1997 1st 1997-98 1st 1997-98 2nd A-10 XC & Indoor Champions, COTY (XC, I)
1998 1st 1998-99 2nd 1998-99 1st A-10 XC & Outdoor Champs, COTY (XC, O)
1999 1st 1999-00 5th 1999-00 3rd A-10 XC Champions, COTY (XC)
2000 2nd 2000-01 3rd 2000-01 1st A-10 Outdoor Champions, COTY (O)
2001 4th 2001-02 6th 2001-02 2nd --
2002 8th 2002-03 6th 2002-03 5th --
2003 T-8th 2003-04 8th 2003-04 3rd --
2004 5th 2004-05 6th 2004-05 7th --
2005 9th 2005-06 9th 2005-06 8th --
2006 6th 2006-07 10th 2006-07 10th --
2007 6th 2007-08 7th 2007-08 6th --
2008 7th 2008-09 6th 2008-09 6th --
2009 3rd 2009-10 7th 2009-10 6th --
2010 8th 2010-11 7th 2010-11 8th --
2011 10th 2011-12 11th 2011-12 8th --
2012 12th 2012-13 12th 2012-13 7th --
2013 5th 2013-14 6th 2013-14 T-6th --
2014 6th 2014-15 4th 2014-15 3rd --
11 Atlantic 10 Championships (7 Cross Country, 2 Indoor Track, 2 Outdoor Track)
11x Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
(Cross Country - 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 |
Indoor Track - 1996, 1998 | Outdoor Track - 1999, 2001)

Last updated 6/2/15

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