Chris Kibler
Chris Kibler
Title: Head Track & Field Coach
Phone: 413-538-2562

Chris Kibler joined the Mount Holyoke staff as the Lyons Head Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field coach in August of 2017. He was named the head coach of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field teams in October of 2018. Additionally, he will serve as a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education.

Since his arrival in South Hadley, Kibler has guided the Lyons cross country to seven top-10 finishes over 10 meets during the fall season. This season, Mount Holyoke has finished ninth or better in all three of its races, including second overall at the Smith Invitational and third at the Jim Sheehan Invitational at Fitchburg State.

Kibler came to Mount Holyoke after serving as the head cross country and track & field coach at Keystone College. He oversaw all aspects of coaching and team operations, including developing effective, individualized training plans and organizing all aspects of recruiting. Kibler also served as the strength and conditioning coach at Keystone during this time, designing functional training plans for all sports, as well as conducting assessments for athletes.

Prior to his time at Keystone, Kibler served as a volunteer assistant coach at Division I Wake Forest University. During his tenure in the spring of 2016 he helped lead and monitor practice and post-workout drills, as well as organizing all aspects of recruiting.

Kibler served four years as the associate head coach of cross country and track & field at his alma mater, Fitchburg State from 2012 till 2016. During that time, he created personalized training for each athlete, organized recruiting efforts, while also leading and supervising practice and strength workouts. In addition to his coaching role, Kibler has severed as an adjunct professor in the exercise and sports science department at Fitchburg State since 2015.

From 2014 through 2016, Kibler also utilized his strength and conditioning skills at Power Source Training Center, where he led, supervised, and assessed athletes of all ages and created individualized strength and speed development cycles.

Kibler served as an intern in the Athletic Communications Office at American International College in 2014, and worked as an intern in strength and conditioning at the College of the Holy Cross in the spring of 2012.

A former All-American in the mile at Fitchburg State, Kibler continues to hold a number of Falcons’ records, including in the 1500-meter, the mile, two-mile, 3k, 5k, DMR and the 4x800-meter relay. A four-time Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champion, he was the recipient of the Paul K. Waring ’38 Athlete of the Year Award in 2014.

Additionally, Kibler was the 2012 MASCAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, the Fitchburg State Athletic Leadership Award recipient, a four-time MASCAC All-Academic selection and was inducted into the institution’s Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2018.

In addition to being a certified strength and conditioning specialist, Kibler is also Level 1 certified by USA Track and Field. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kibler graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fitchburg State in 2012, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He was awarded his M.B.A. in management from FSU in 2015, while also earning his certificate in massage therapy from the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 2013.

Coach Kibler's Personal Bests:

800m - 1:53.6
1 mile - 4:07.2
3000m - 8:28.9
5000m - 14:27.2

Dean Dumas
Dean Dumas
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach

Dumas joined Mount Holyoke as the assistant coach for the Lyons cross country and track & field programs in the fall of 2018.

Dumas came to Mount Holyoke after serving as the interim head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at nearby Amherst College. With the Mammoths during the 2016-17 season, he was responsible for organizing away and home meets, budgeting, recruiting, attending department meetings and planning daily workouts and practices.

Prior to his time at Amherst, Dumas was an assistant track & field coach at Smith College from 2014 through 2016. During that time, in which he was also earning his Masters Degree, Dumas worked to develop daily workouts, organized and directed home meets, while also developing a periodization plan. He also worked as an Outdoor Education Teaching Assistant, as well as an event monitor, which worked to set up, host and run athletic events in addition to supervising the athletics building.

From 2012-14, Dumas was the assistant track & field coach at Cony High School in Maine. He also served as a substitute teacher during that time within the Augusta School District.

A former All-American at the University of Southern Maine, Dumas continues to hold the Huskies’ school record in the javelin, while also ranking second all-time in the pole vault. During his career, he was a four-time Little East Conference (LEC) champion in the pole vault and was named the LEC Field Athlete of the Year in three consecutive seasons. Dumas earned All-America honors in the pole vault (2011) and the javelin (2012), placing eighth and fifth, respectively.  

Dumas has his certification in Technical Coaching from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while also having a certificate in Coaching Athletics from Southern Maine. Additionally, he has his coaching principles certification in Human Kinetics, while also having a licensure in Maine Recreational Guiding.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Maine, Dumas earned his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies. He was awarded his Master in Exercise and Sports Studies from Smith College in 2016.

Kate Edwards
Kate Edwards
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach (Distance)

Kate Edwards joined the Mount Holyoke Lyons as a first year volunteer assistant coach in August of 2018.

Edwards graduated from Bryn Mawr College in the spring of 2018 with a degree in Russian and Classical Languages. While at Bryn Mawr, Edwards competed in four seasons of Cross Country and eight seasons of Track and Field. As a student-athlete, Edwards was recognized both for her academic and athletic achievement. She was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll nine consecutive times; she was also awarded USTFCCCA Academic Honors in Cross Country in the fall of 2016 and 2017.

Edwards’ athletic accomplishments include two First Team All-Seven Sisters Cross Country finishes and three Centennial Conference Championships scoring position finishes, as well as an All-Region Championship team finish in the 2017 NCAA Mideast Regional Championship. In the fall of 2017 she was named Centennial Conference Athlete of the Week for her win at Rowan University’s Bill Fritz Invitational. As a graduating senior she received Bryn Mawr’s Jenepher P. Shillingford Award for athletic excellence. She has had the privilege of racing against Division I and II schools and at such venues as the Armory Track and Penn Relays. However, Edwards considers her greatest achievement to be racing the 2016 Cross Country championship season with an undiagnosed stress fracture.

Edwards is a first-year PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Personal Records:

1500M: 4:58.61
3000M: 10:30.17
5000M: 18:05.53

Brandon Palmer
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach (Jumps/Sprints)
Lexi Popp
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach (Hurdles/Sprints)

Lexi Popp will serve as an assistant coach for the Mount Holyoke College track and field team during the 2019-20 season. With the Lyons, Popp will be assisting head coach Chris Kibler with student-athletes that compete in hurdles and sprints events.

Popp comes to South Hadley, Mass. after graduating from Westfield State in 2019, where she competed for the Owls' women's track and field program. Popp, who was a captain for her junior and senior season, earned the MASCAC Sporstmanship Award in 2018 and 2019 and also collected MASCAC All-Conference Student Achievement honors in all four seasons she competed. 

A standout student-athlete at Westfield State, Popp earned 18 conference championships in four years, eight of which were individual, with the other 10 being as a member of a relay team. Popp was a national qualifier, competing in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Popp also qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 400 meter race, where she took seventh overall en route to earning All-America honors. In the same year, Popp took fourth in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship, earning the second All-America honor of her career. Popp left Westfield State with eight school records.

Emme Cronin
Title: Assistant Track & Field Coach (Middle Distance)