Allen Community College coach Vince DeGrado is building a dynasty in Iola. His men’s cross country team has won four straight conference championships and last year the women’s team joined the party by winning its own Jayhawk East championship.
DeGrado has plenty of experience building great cross county programs. When he was coaching at Cowley College, DeGrado built a power that culminated with what was arguably the greatest season the NJCAA has ever seen.
In 2010, Cowley swept every championship event in both men’s and women’s cross county including the D1 NJCAA National Championships and the half marathon. No other NJCAA program has ever accomplished that feat. After that season, DeGrado was the run-away pick as the NJCAA National Coach of the Year.
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