An interview: with Christine Scanlon – Bay Path College’s Cross Country Coach

An interview: with Christine Scanlon – Bay Path College’s Cross Country Coach

By: M. Ellis, Sports Information Student Assistant

Cross country is an organized sport that could be dated back to 1837 and it originated in England. The sport was introduced to the United States in 1878 by William C. Vosburgh of New York. In the 1960s, the International Amateur Athletic Federation, which regulates cross-country running, made it possible for women to run for the first time.

I was able to interview our Cross Country Coach, Christine Scanlon and talk to her about the Bay Path's team.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your educational background?

A: I recently graduated from Gordon College, a small liberal arts college on the north shore of Massachusetts. I have a Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Leisure with a Minor in Psychology. I plan on going to graduate school to obtain my masters degree. 

Q: Have you received any certifications pertaining to your current position?

A: I have not, however I did take a coaching class in college, which has well prepared me for this position.

Q: Are you a member of any coaching associations?

A: No, I am not a member of any coaching association.

Q: What developed your interest in coaching?

A: I have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember. It is part of me. I just recently finished by collegiate athletic career as a runner and a swimmer, and I wanted to find a way to stay involved in the athletic scene. I love being able to share my knowledge about sports with my athletes.

Q: How would you describe your coaching style?

A: I am someone who will not let my athletes think that they cannot accomplish something. Most of being a cross country coach is being able to mentally encourage your athletes to the point that they feel confident in themselves. I love it when my athletes do accomplish something that they never thought they could.

Q: What motivates you?

A: What motivates me is seeing young people who have a desire to do well.  I love encouraging, and training them, so they will be able to do amazing things! An athlete, who has a goal, will accomplish it, with the right training and encouragement.

Q: What is the best advice you would give your players?

A: The best advice I could give my athletes is to always look at any situation with a positive outlook. Even if the situation is a negative one, there are always positive insights that you can learn from it. I think the best thing I can do for anyone is to help them believe that they can achieve anything.

Q: Who had the greatest influence in your life?

A: There are many people who have had great influences in my life. However I think I would choose my college professor Dr. Gin. She helped me to realize my potential and didn't give up on me. There is so much I could say about her, but words would never explain what she means to me.

Q: What is a quote that you live by?

A: "Pray as if you will live forever; live as if you will die tomorrow" Unknown.

Q: What are your hopes for this cross country season?

A: I am just hoping to form a foundation for the cross country team. It has been hard finding athletes who are committed to a team, however if I lay down the foundation this year, hopefully in the years to follow the athletes will understand the commitment to the team that I am trying to form.

Q: Finally Coach Scanlon, how would you describe your experience at Bay Path College?

A: I have had a great experience at Bay Path College. I love the atmosphere and the faculty and staff always greet you with a smile! I am proud to be a part of this community. I am hoping that the word will get out about cross country, and more incoming students will be committed to the team.