By Eileen Flynn ’20
Ray Treacy is a respected and well-known name around Providence College’s campus and in the Cross Country and Track and Field communities. The school was recently reminded of the coach’s talents because Treacy was awarded the Northeast Region Women’s Coach of the Year award for the second consecutive year. This season, Treacy guided the women’s team to their third consecutive Northeast Regional Team Title and the fifth in the past six years.
Treacy graduated as a student-athlete from Providence College in 1982. He was the captain of the cross-country team his junior and senior years, while setting school records and collecting first place trophies. Treacy was a two-time New England Cross Country Champion and was successful in the indoor 5,000 meter race, winning the race at the Big East Championships three times. He was also the IC4A Champion in the 10,000 and 5,000 meter races during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, respectively.
Treacy was far from done with Providence College after his time as a student expired. As a proud alumnus, Treacy has dedicated his career to coaching and training the new runners that chose to attend Providence College. His successful attitude was contagious; since he became head coach in 1984, both the men’s and women’s cross country programs have advanced to NCAA Championships in 18 of the last 20 seasons.
Just recently, Treacy coached the women’s 2013 cross-country team that won the NCAA Championship. Treacy has coached 63 All-Americans, seven NCAA individual champions who secured 15 NCAA titles overall. Treacy has accumulated an impressive legacy for himself and for the College’s cross- country program. He is a valuable asset to our athletic staff and Providence College’s alumni network.