Army hosting Crowell Open at Gillis Field House, Friday and Saturday.
Jennifer DeRego begins her first season with the Army cross country and track & field programs in 2011-12. Head coach Troy Engle announced the hiring of the Black Knights' new assistant distance and cross country coach in August.
DeRego comes to the Academy from Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., where she was the head cross country coach and assistant track coach, focusing on distance events, for the 2010-11 academic year. DeRego also served as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Heritage.
After graduating from California Polytechnic State University in 2002 with a degree in Kinesiology, she returned to her alma mater in 2006 to begin her coaching career as an assistant cross country and track coach. At Cal Poly she was responsible for strength training and aerobic fitness programs, as well as team building and organization. DeRego coached the Mustangs through 2009, earning her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in the process.
The foundation of the San Jose, Calif., native's coaching career is a highly accomplished and respected athletic career. DeRego graduated as the Mustang's 10,000 kilometer record holder, winning the title at the 2001 Big West Championship. She was also a member of Cal Poly's 2000 and 2001 Big West Champion cross country teams.
After graduation, DeRego's running career escalated, becoming a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier in 2004 and 2008.
"Jennifer has established herself as a successful athlete, coach and teacher, making the decision to bring her to West Point an easy one," said Engle. "Terry Crawford, her college coach who is now the Director of Coaching for U.S.A. Track & Field, was instrumental in our selection of Jennifer, and was one of many people who spoke highly of her.
"Coach DeRego impressed us not only on the athletic side of things but with her appreciation for the military and the understanding that the United States Military Academy is a special place. She comes from a military family and will fit in well not only among our staff but with our athletes and alumni as well."