2017 Women's Cross Country Coaches
Sarah Boyle
Head Coach - 6th Season
Alma Mater: Michigan State University

Sarah Boyle is in her fifth season as head coach of the women's cross country team.

Coach Boyle was a distinguished runner at her alma mater, Michigan State University, serving as a captain for both the track & field and cross country programs. 

Coach Boyle was part of two Great Lakes Regional Championship teams, while also being a two-time All-Regional performer as well as a six-time NCAA Championship qualifier.

Boyle was equally strong in the classroom earning the Big Ten Conference Scholar Athlete Award each year from 2006 through 2009, as well as being a five-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree. 

After being named a recipient of the Coaches Award in 2006 and 2008, Boyle was named to MSU coaching staff as a Graduate Assistant Coach for two seasons, 2009-10 and 2010-11

In 2010, the women's program won the Big Ten Cross Country title while the following season three Spartans qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, each being named All-American, while 28 individuals qualified for the outdoor NCAA East Region Championships, with seven advancing to eight events at the NCAA Championships. All told, 12 Spartans were named All-American in 2011.

Boyle began the Cleary program and saw it finish 5th at the USCAA Nationals in the program's second season in 2013. Elaine Lowe was won the Individual National Championship as a freshman that season.

In 2014, the team improved to 2nd nationally with two All-Americans as Elaine Lowe defended her title with Natasha Stevenson, a freshman, finishing second overall. Four members of the team earned National All-Academic awards as Lowe was joined by Aleighsha Engisch, Morgan McFaul and Amanda Glass. 

A second consecutive National Runner Up distinction was earned by the team in 2015 as Madison Paquette, a freshman, finished 3rd overall to be All-American 1st Team and Lowe earning All-American 2nd Team with an 11th place finish despite nursing a season-long injury. Engisch and Lowe returned as National All-Academic honorees with Stevenson and Kelli Szewscyk also earning the award.

As a runner, Boyle has remained competitive post-collegiately as she competed for Team USA at the Great Edinborough Cross Country Challenge in Scotland in January of 2013, as well as the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Mandeville, Jamaica later that month.

In 2014 and 2015, Boyle was the champion of the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon. Later in 2015, Boyle finished ninth at the Indoor USA Championship 2-mile qualifier race.

2016 was a busy year for Boyle as well, as she earned an eighth place finish at the USA 3000-meter indoor championships and 21st at the Olympic Trials in the 3000-meter Steeplechase qualifying race.

Boyle has an extensive background in fitness and athletics and earned a BS in Kinesiology and a MA in Communication from Michigan State University. 

Boyle is married to Ian Boyle, Cleary men's cross country coach. The couple has one child, Ayden, age two.