Saint Mary's Cross Country and Track head coach Marty Kinsey is pleased to announced the hiring of Tom Kloos as Associate Head Coach for the programs. Kloos, a veteran coach and former professional athlete brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Gaels' program.
"I'm beyond thrilled to announce the addition of coach Kloos to our emerging program,” said Kinsey. “His experience in coaching and competing spans across many levels from high school to collegians to professionals and up to Olympians. What's very impressive is Tom has had a high level of success at each level. Most importantly, we have a similar vision and passion to continue building up the program."
Kloos has a strong background in both coaching and competing at the highest levels. He is currently coaching a small group post-collegiate and professional athletes in the Bay Area Track Club. Among the athletes with whom he works are NCAA and USA national champions, national record holders, and Olympians. During the summer leading up to his embarkation at Saint Mary’s, Kloos is coaching BATC athletes through the European track circuits, culminating at the IAAF World Track Championships to be held in Moscow next month.
Prior to the BATC, Kloos spent five years at the University of San Francisco as assistant and associate head coach. Kloos coached the Dons to a number of milestones including first WCC team and individual titles, and team and individual NCAA appearances in cross country and track. From 2007-2012 USF raised its profile significantly in the WCC with a streak of women’s XC titles, and nearly ended Portland’s men’s title run in 2010.
Before his time at USF Kloos coached the other "Gaels" of the NCAA, Iona College. In that one year, he helped Iona College achieve their highest finishes at the NCAA championships (Men 3rd, Women 20th).
Prior to Iona, Kloos was the head coach at his alma mater, El Camino High School in San Diego, where he was named coach of the year on four different occasions from 2000-2005. In 2000 and 2003, he was named San Diego Coach of the Year on the girl's side, and in 2004 he received the same award on the boys' side. His top award also came in 2004, when he was named the California Coaches Association Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Along with the numerous awards, Kloos coached AJ Acosta to the 2005 Footlocker National Cross Country Championship
Kloos earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 1999 where he was a two-time Cross Country Academic All-American in 1997 and 1998. After a successful undergraduate career at Columbia, Kloos continued his running career at the national and international level. He is a three time USATF competitor in the 3000-meter steeplechase, with a best of 8:30, and was a 2010 USA Track & Field team member for cross country.
“As both a rival coach and outside observer, I have been impressed with the direction coach Marty Kinsey has taken the St. Mary’s cross country and track programs in a short time,” said Kloos. “I am excited to join his staff and the Saint Mary’s community, and I look forward to being a part of the emergence of the Gaels as a highly competitive team in the West Coast Conference and the NCAA. In my thirteen years of coaching I have worked with all levels of athletes, but the consistent mechanism for success is developing in these athletes a strong sense of belief in the work they are doing, and holding an unwavering high standard of excellence for the athletes and for myself. I believe this has already taken root in the Saint Mary’s program, and for that reason I am especially positive about our ability to succeed in our program goals.”
The Gaels will kick off their 2013 campaign at USF on Saturday, August 31st.