|Position:||Assistant Coach/Men's & Women's Middle Distance and Distance|
Brian Chenoweth was hired as the assistant track & field and cross country coach at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
During his three seasons at Columbia, the middle distance and distance runners have excelled, posting numerous school records and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Three such runners earned All-American status by moving on to the 2017 NCAA Finals when Robert Napolitano advanced in the 1,500m, Natalie Tanner was one of three women to qualify in both the 5,000m & 10,000m, and Nell Crosby became the school record holder and second team All-American in the 3,000m Steeplechase. The Lions won seven events at the 2017 Outdoor Heps, led by six titles in the middle distance and distance events. At the 2017 Indoor Heps at the NYC Armory, Chenoweth helped Henna Rustami to a championship in the 3,000m run, before bouncing back to anchor the distance medley relay to another title. The men's effort was led by Alek Sauer, who went from fourth to first to take the 1,000m run, before being part of the winning 4x800m relay squad.
Columbia's continued success in the middle distance events showed when the men broke the school's DMR record in 2017, 4x800m record in 2016, while the women set a school mark in the 4x800m record in 2015, with Sarah Hardie breaking the 1,000m record in 2016, and Brittney Wade setting both the indoor and outdoor 800m records.
In his second season working with the cross country teams, Chenoweth helped Columbia to the 2015 Ivy League Championship, while three men earned All-Ivy League recognition. Aubrey Myjer finished third overall with Jack Boyle seventh and Tait Rutherford ninth, as the Lions hoisted the trophy for the second time in three years.
Chenoweth came to Columbia fresh off of a stint at Iona College in the same position. While at Iona from 2010-14, Chenoweth assisted in coaching the four-time men’s and four-time women’s MAAC Championship teams in cross country. In 2012, Iona was the Northeast Regional Champions in cross country, while also being ranked second in the nation by the USTFCCCA.
In 2014, Chenoweth helped train seven men’s events and three women’s events that qualifyed to the NCAA East Prelims on the track & field side. Overall, Chenoweth has helped coach 20 combined men’s and women’s All-American awards in cross country and track. Also at Iona, Chenoweth is taking classes to earn his Masters in Business Administration.
Along with his experience at Iona, Chenoweth has served as a volunteer at the USATF National Meet, hosted at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. No stranger to Iowa, Chenoweth began his coaching career at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa as a volunteer assistant.
A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Chenoweth earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from nearby Wartburg College, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a standout on the oval. He was a five-time NCAA Division III All-American in cross country and track for the Knights. Chenoweth also earned three All-Region selections in cross country and was a nine-time IIAC champion in both cross country and track.