Former West Coast Conference runner Pete Cushman is in his fourth season with Santa Clara cross country & track in 2015-16. Cushman joined the Bronco coaching staff in August 2012 as an assistant coach for hsi second stint with the team — he was a volunteer assistant coach from 2004-06.
Santa Clara set a pair of school records and nine PRs between the men's and women's teams at the 2014 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships. In his only year with the Broncos, Harvard graduate Kurt Ruegg set a school record by running 23:53 at Baylands Park, while the Bronco men's team (Ruegg, Bryan Crook, Adrian Hinojosa, Joey Berriatua and Ryan Greenough) set a school record with an average time of 24:30 in the 8k race. Four of the men set personal best 8k marks and all of Santa Clara's top five finishers in the women's 6k — Grayson Murphy, Kelly Ryan, Hannah Wood, Kaitlyn Kuehn and Amia Nash — set personal best marks as well. Ruegg built off a strong performance earlier in the year at Baylands, when he took second place at the Bronco Invitational. In 2014-15, the Broncos had Berriatua, Murphy, Ruegg and Mary Kriege combine to set six school records between the fall cross country and spring track seasons.
In 2013 the men's and women's cross country teams both finished sixth at the West Coast Conference Championships. In addition, Ben Demaree was named the WCC Post-Graduate Scholarship winner and Allie Sibole won the 2014 St. Clarie Medal at SCU.
For the 10th straight quarter, the men's cross country team had the highest term GPA after the Spring 2014 quarter. The men's cross country team posted a 3.443 GPA in the Spring quarter and they also have the highest cumulative GPA among men's teams at 3.405. Women's cross country has the highest cumulative GPA on the women's side at 3.386.
Cushman, a Boise, Idaho native, spent six years working as an assistant track and field and cross country coach for San Francisco State prior to rejoining the staff at Santa Clara. While at SFSU, he assisted in coaching the school’s second-ever Division II All-American, as well as helping both the men’s and women’s teams achieve their highest finishes in school history at the conference and regional levels in 2011. Cushman is also a coach for the Impala women’s running club in San Francisco. The Impalas had six women qualify for the US Olympic trials in the marathon in 2008 while 14 qualified in 2012.
Cushman attended Gonzaga University from 2000-04 and competed in cross country and track while an undergrad. He was the team captain from 2002-04. He earned his MA in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Saint Mary’s in 2006.