Head Coach Chris Daymont

  Head Coach  
  33rd Season in 2013-14  
  MIAC Championships: 2010, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1994, 1993  
NCAA Team Appearances: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986
Alma Mater: SUNY-Cortland
E-mail: daymont@stolaf.edu
Office Phone: 507-786-3810

1976: Started the St. Olaf cross country team.
1986: Led team to first MIAC championship and first NCAA appearence.
1995: Directed team to third straight MIAC championship.
2002: Led team to fifth straight MIAC championship.
2010: Directed team to ninth MIAC championship and 16th NCAA. appearence... Sophomore Emma Lee placed 10th earning All America honors
2011: Led team to a 2nd place finish at MIAC championship... Directed team to 10th place finish in their 17th NCAA appearence ... Junior Emma Lee placed 35th earning All-America honors.

2012: Led the to a second place finish in the Central Region... Finished 8th at NCAA championships the best national placement since 1999... Had two athletes earn All-America honors by placing in the top ten individuals.
Head coach Chris Daymont is in her 33rd season at St. Olaf in 2013-14. In 1976, Daymont began the St. Olaf cross country team with five athletes. The team now consists of between 50 and 70 women each year. In her time as a coach, Daymont has mentored more than 1,100 female student-athletes.

Daymont has led St. Olaf to nine conference championships in her tenure, the second-most of any MIAC school. The Oles captured five consecutive titles from 1998-2002, and had their best NCAA finish in that stretch, a fourth-place finish in 1999. Daymont has accompanied athletes to the NCAA National Championships 17 times (ranks 7th in all-time appearances), eleven of those with finishes in the top ten. She has also coached over 32 different athletes to 81 All-American honors.

Voted NCAA III Central Region Coach of the Year three times, Daymont has also earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors twice. She also serves as the meet director for many major cross country and track and field events, most notably hosting the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in 2002 and 2007.

The arrival of the Minnesota state high school cross country championships on the St. Olaf campus were facilitated by Daymont. She also has made her mark as a leader in water training. She serves as a distance and middle distance clinician around the region and worked as a co-director for the 1982 AIAW track and field championships.

A graduate of the State University of New York-Cortland, Daymont went on to earn her master's from Syracuse University. Daymont had a five-year hiatus from St. Olaf (1981-86) and taught and coached at Bloomsburg (PA) State and Macalaster.

Daymont teaches in the exercise science department as an associate professor, specializing in exercise physiology.

The Oles Under Chris Daymont
Season MIAC NCAA Regional NCAA
1986 1st   5th
1987 2nd   5th
1988 2nd   6th
1989 4th   7th
1990 4th   -
1991 3rd   -
1992 3rd   9th
1993 1st   8th
1994 1st   8th
1995 1st   9th
1996 2nd   6th
1997 2nd   18th
1998 1st   15th
1999 1st   4th
2000 1st   13th
2001 1st   22nd
2002 1st   19th
2003 2nd   -
2004 4th 6th -
2005 3rd 8th -
2006 3rd 7th -
2007 3rd 5th 30th
2008 4th 8th -
2009 4th 4th 27th
2010 1st 4th 24th
2011 2nd 3rd 10th
2012 2nd 2nd 8th