2017 Men's Cross Country Coaches
Heading the Cross Country and Track programs is veteran coach Dan Noel, at Menlo for his third year. Noel comes to Menlo College after a season as an assistant coach at San Francisco State University where he was tasked with training SFSU’s hurdlers. Over the course of the indoor and outdoor season, SFSU’s hurdlers set new school records in both the 60H and 400H, in addition to two top-10 performances in the 100H. They also brought home a conference win in the 400H, and had one national qualifier.
Prior to joining the staff at San Francisco State University, Noel served as the assistant track and cross country coach for Humboldt State University from 2009-11. He oversaw all aspects of the sprints, jumps and hurdles disciplines and helped them to top-10 finishes in the long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m, 100H, and 400H. In 2012 he structured the weight-training program for Olympian Sonali Merrill in preparation for the London Games.
"I am honored to join a college and athletics department with a reputation as outstanding as Menlo's, and excited to build on its strong history of excellence in track and cross country,” said Noel. “From the moment I walked on campus, I was struck by the genuine sense of community shared by the students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to contributing to that community, and recruiting athletes eager to thrive in Menlo's personalized approach to the college experience."
As a competitor, Dan earned All-CCAA honors in both the 400H and 4x400m relay as a team captain for UC San Diego where he was named the team’s Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Noel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, San Diego in 2007 and went on to earn a Master’s in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in 2011. He currently resides in Los Altos with his wife Julia.
Assistant Coach 3rd season
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April Montgomery is on Head Coach Dan Noel’s coaching staff as an assistant coach for the for the third consecutive season. Montgomery’s background includes successes both as a coach and competitor over the last 10 seasons. Her coaching experience has spanned the past five years at Crystal Springs Uplands where she has served as assistant cross country and track & field coach. In cross country, her teams competed at the CIF championships each year she coached. On the track side, she acted as primary coach for middle distance runners, sending several of her athletes to the section championships. Her competitive resume includes stints at Sonoma State (2005-07) and California State University – Stanislaus (2007-10). Her 2006 season at Sonoma State netted her a number of honors and awards including: CCAA Co-Freshman of the Year, Academic All-American, Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year. At CSU Stanislaus, she was the CCAA runner up in the 800m and the team’s Most Valuable Player for Cross Country in 2008 and would go on to win the CCAA in the 800m in 2009. In that same year, Montgomery competed at NCAA Nationals in the 800m. She graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2010. Since graduating, she has continued to compete both on the track and in club cross country meets with Strava TC. She competed in both the 2010 National Club Cross Country and 2011 National Club Track and Field Championships.