by Clare Lopez-Kaley
While most coaches instill a sense of dedication and hard work into their athletes, some could say that Head Cross Country Coach Molly Remley does much more.
Since coming to Benedictine University as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams in 2005, Remley’s runners will tell you that she has done more than just simply coach them.
“She is able to bring out the capabilities of each runner as an individual,” said senior Capitan Danielle Smith.
Before her days of coaching, running is something that was important to Molly. She was influenced by her older brother and started running track and field in middle school. When transitioning to high school, Molly took that opportunity to transition into cross country running.
“Being a part of a program where you can say ‘you helped build that’ is something I definitely took away from the experience,” said Remley.
After high school, Molly continued her running career by attending North Central College. At NCC, Molly was a headline runner, accomplishing two All-American titles and leading her team to numerous championships. Coming from building programs in both high school and college, Molly was a perfect fit for the up and coming Benedictine Cross Country program.
Molly came to BenU because of a connection to the former head coach, as well as her connection to runners at the university. She even attests to being “at the right place at the right time”. As the former coach retired in 2008, Molly was in perfect position to take over the growing program. She immediately started working on building the team with numbers and talent.
“Coaching is much more than just putting together workouts,” said Remley. “There is a lot of recruiting that goes into coaching.”
Throughout her years as Head Coach of Cross Country and Assistant Coach of Track and Field, Molly’s coaching has helped both programs grow and become a more competitive opponent in the Northern Athletics Conference.
“You get a few individuals that put in time to the sport,” said Remley. “Those are the kids that influence and help the team. We’re a young team with a bright future.”
“As long as the athlete wants to succeed, Molly can help them perform to their greatest lengths.”