GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG cross country and track & field head coach Chad Pearson has announced the hiring of Loren Donohue and David Silversmith as assistant coaches. Both coaches begin immediately in preparation for the 2017-18 season.
“I think we have a good combination between the two,” said Pearson. “They bring their own qualities to the program that I feel are ideal for the positions. Both come from great backgrounds at great programs in Pittsburgh and UNC. They both bring a lot to the table when it comes to relating to the student-athletes and are very detail-oriented, which is always key. They bring a lot of passion for the sport and have a love for the coaching profession.”
Donohue joins the Spartan staff from the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as a volunteer assistant coach for cross country and track & field during the 2015-16 campaign. During the 2015 season Pitt achieved its best finish in the history of the women’s cross country program, placing seventh at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Donohue also helped coach a Panther women’s distance group that set two school records for indoor and outdoor track, while qualifying athletes for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Before making the move to the Steel City, Donohue was the executive director of Team Prep USA and Rocky Mountain Running Camps in Crested Butte, Colorado From 2009-15. She also served as assistant diving coach at nearby Western State Colorado University.
Donohue received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2005. A three-sport division I athlete, she competed for the Minutewomen cross country, track & field and diving programs and was voted a team captain.
“I learned about the UNCG program from Coach Pearson and was able to follow some of the successes and was really intrigued by the program,” said Donohue. “I look forward to supporting Coach Pearson and building on the success that he’s already had. I look forward to what the team can do in the future here.”
Silversmith comes to Greensboro after serving as head cross country coach at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While heading up the Division III program, he was in charge of managing the program budget, coordinating all travel for practices and competition, monitoring the academic progress of his student-athletes and recruiting.
Prior to taking over at William Peace, Silversmith was a volunteer assistant coach for cross country and track & field at ACC power North Carolina during the 2015-16 season. During his time in Chapel Hill, he worked closely with head coach Mark VanAlstyne and the director of operations in administrative areas such as budget, scheduling and equipment management. Silversmith also assisted in recruiting activities for distance and throws and provided daily instruction of fundamental middle and long distance running technique and strategy.
In addition to his coaching experience, Silversmith has served as a camp counselor around the Chapel Hill area for several years, working with the Carolina Distance Camp and Tar Heel Track and Field Camp.
Silversmith ran track and was an All-American cross country athlete at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, earning his bachelor’s degree in 2013. He received his master’s degree in 2016 from Michigan State University.
“Chad is very well known amongst coaching circles, he’s definitely made a name for himself,” said Silversmith. “To have the opportunity to work with him and the program here at UNCG, which has a pretty good reputation in cross country and track & field, it’s really exciting. It was a no-brainer for me.”
“I’m really excited about having the staff in full swing,” concluded Pearson. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun this season with the team interacting with the coaching staff. I can’t wait.”
UNCG opens the 2017 cross country season on Saturday, competing in the Elon University Opener in Burlington, N.C.