|Now in his 16th year at Bates, coach Al Fereshetian was feted at Appalachian State University for his successful seven-year tenure there from 1989 to 1995.|
BOONE, N.C. -- Al Fereshetian, the head coach of men's cross country and track and field at Bates College, received a special honor last weekend, when Appalachian State University inducted him into the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Fereshetian, who has coached at Bates since 1995, was one of three inductees into ASU's hall this year and the only coach, joining former football star Johnny Jennings and women's basketball star Beth (Laney) Queen. The three were honored on Sept. 11 with an induction breakfast, followed by a ceremony at halftime of that afternoon's Appalachian-Jacksonville football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Fereshetian coached the Appalachian State men's cross country and track and field program from 1989 to 1995, and in those seven years he claimed 12 Southern Conference championships: three in cross country, five in indoor track and field, and four in outdoor track and field. In 1994, Fereshetian's Mountaineers placed fifth at the National Invitational at Penn State and was ranked 20th nationally among NCAA Division I teams. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year six times (three cross country, two indoor, one outdoor) and coached 62 SoCon individual conference champions and two All-American triple jumpers.
Fereshetian's coaching success has only continued during his time at Bates. The Massachusetts native and University of New Hampshire graduate has coached six NCAA Division III national champions and 34 All-Americans thus far. His teams are perenially among the best in New England. In 2000, the Bates men's track and field won the NESCAC Championship, the only time since 1992 that Williams hasn't claimed that crown.