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By Zach Reagan, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – John Gondak is thrilled to be starting his second regular season as Penn State cross country head coach and ninth season overall with the program.
The Doylestown, Pa., native served as an assistant coach for six years, two years as an associate head coach and two months as the interim head coach for the Nittany Lions.
The title of head coach didn’t suddenly change the way he approached coaching. He wants to establish Penn State as one of the best cross country/track & field programs in the country.
“Just because the title is different than five years ago, we still have the same overriding goal which is to provide the best experience for our student-athletes,” said the Coach Gondak. “It’s a great honor to be a head coach at Penn State University. It’s a place that has tremendous passion for their students, tremendous passion for their athletes.”
Coach Gondak has mentored many standout athletes throughout his tenure on the Penn State coaching staff. He has coached 19 first team All-Americans, 22 Big Ten Champions, five Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees, and three sub-4:00 milers. Also, under the Gondak’s tutelage, athletes have broke 20 records. On the track side, Gondak has been a part of five Penn Relays victories recorded by Penn State.
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