Samantha Kearney
Samantha Kearney
Title: Assistant Track & Cross Country Coach

Samantha Kearney has returned to the Hillsdale College track and field and cross country programs.

Kearney, who previously was an assistant coach in 2013-14, returned to the Charger fold on Monday, Feb. 1 in the role of assistant coach/director of track and field operations.

“We’re very excited to have Coach Kearney return to Hillsdale,” said head track and field and cross country coach Andrew Towne. “She did a tremendous job during her previous time with our program. Sam’s ability to successfully recruit and develop student-athletes with further strengthen our terrific coaching staff.

“Her hire represents the next step for our program, as we relentlessly strive for excellence.”

Kearney is a graduate of the University of California-Davis, where she has also served as assistant coach. She majored in exercise biology with a minor in Spanish.

As an athlete, Kearney was an outstanding runner at UC-Davis in both track and cross country. She helped lead her team to Big West Conference titles in the Fall of 2011 and the Spring of 2012, and was a team captain in both sports. She recorded the third-best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase in school history, at 10:37.62, and scored points in the Big West Conference Meet from 2009-12.

She was the program’s Most Improved Athlete in both 2009 and 2011 and won the Aggie Impact Award in each of her final three seasons (2010-12). She was a winner of the Arva & Jim Londos Track & Field Scholarship in 2012.

Away from the track, she was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team four times and earned five difference All-Conference academic honors. She was named to the Dean’s List in 2009.

She is a 2009 graduate of Arroyo High School in California.