Chris Kibler
Chris Kibler
Title: Head Track & Field Coach
Phone: 413-538-2562
Email: ckibler@mtholyoke.edu

Chris Kibler will enter his fourth season at Mount Holyoke College and third season as the head coach of both the cross country and track and field programs during the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, Kibler serves as a lecturer in the Department of Physical Education at the College.

Education

  • Fitchburg State University - Master's of Business Administration (2015)
  • Fitchburg State University - Magna Cum Laude - Bachelor's of Science, Exercise and Sports Science (2012)
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy - New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts (2013)

Coaching Experience

  • Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach - Keystone College (2016-18)
    • also served as the Strength and Conditioning
    • Led the men's team to back-to-back third-place finishes at the CSAC Championships
    • Led the women's team to third and fourth-places results, respectively, at the CSAC Championships
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach - Wake Forest University (2016)
    • Recruiting Coordinator
    • Led and monitored practice and post-workout drills
  •  Associate Head Coach of Cross Country and Track and Field - Fitchburg State University (2012-16)
    • Also served as an adjunct professor in the Exercise adn Sports Science Department
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Power Source Training Center (2014-16)

Playing Experience

  • All-American track and field student-athlete (Mile) at Fitchburg State
  • Holds a number of Falcons' records, including the 1500-meter, one mile, two mile, 3k, 5k, DMR and the 4x800 meter relay.
  • Four-time MASCAC Champion
  • Recipient of the Paul K. Waring '38 Athlete of the Year Award (2014)
  • 2012 MASCAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Fitchburg State Athletic Leadership Award Recipient, a four-time MASCAC All-Academic selection

Other Accomplishments/Certifications

  • Inducted into Fitchburg State's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Level 1 Certified by USA Track and Field
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) member
  • U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association member
  • Amerian College of Sports Medicine member

Coach Kibler's Personal Bests:

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

At Mount Holyoke College

  • NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year (2019)
  • Helped the cross country team to a second-place finish at the 2019 NEWMAC Championships, the program's highest finish dating back to the 1992 season.
  • The Lyons second-place finish in 2019 was a significant improvement on Mount Holyoke's 10th-place finish in 2017.
  • Coached Hannah Rieders '21 and Madeline Rieders '21 to USTFCCCA All-America honors in the women's 5k during the 2019-20 season.

 

 

 

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)