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Coaches Karen and Jim Brandt

Karen and Jim Brandt

As Karen and Jim Brandt enter their fourth cross country and upcoming track seasons at Bloomsburg University they are looking for the hard work of the last three years to pay off.

After taking over a diminished program in 1999, they and their athletes have put in hours of recruiting and hundreds of miles in order to rebuild the team. Relying on local and out-of-state talent, this fall everyone is ready to see the fruits of their labor.

The Brandts are familiar with the rebuilding process having taken over their high school program on its point of extinction. After five years at the helm, the Brandts brought the program to league division championship status. They also enjoyed multiple individual cross country State qualifiers as well as district and State qualifiers in their distance track squad.

After ten years of coaching the Lower Dauphin high school team the Brandts moved to the collegiate ranks. They spent 1998-99 at Susquehanna University co-coaching the cross country team with Karen at the helm of the women's track program and Jim handling the men's and women's distance program.

As coaches and athletes in their own right, the Brandts bring over forty years of combined experience to the sport. Their desire is to attract serious student-athletes who are committed to obtaining the best academic and athletic experience they can make for themselves at college. They seek runners who are willing to work hard, be competitive, bond with their teammates, and experience the fun that hard training and good racing can produce.