Al Fereshetian has been the men’s cross country and track and field coach at Bates since 1995, during which time his program has become recognized as among the finest in Division III nationwide.
In Fereshetian's tenure, his student-athletes have won indoor All-America honors 33 times in nine different events, including six NCAA champions. In outdoor track & field, Fereshetian's student-athletes have also won 33 All-America honors in seven different events, including three national champions.
Fereshetian guided Bates men's track & field and cross country to three straight Program of the Year top-10 rankings from 2012 to 2014, which requires a program to compete as a team at NCAA Championships in all three athletic seasons.
In 2011, Coach Fereshetian was named Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year by the New England Small College Athletic Conference and New England Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He was also named NESCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2011. In March 2012, Fereshetian won Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive calendar season, whne he received New England Men's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year honors from the USTFCCCA.
During Fereshetian's tenure, Bates cross country runners have earned 10 NCAA All-America awards. The Bobcats traveled to NCAAs as a team in three seasons, finishing in 10th place in Division III in 1999, sixth in 2012 and tied for 24th in 2013.
Fereshetian, a 1983 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, started his career as an assistant for the women’s track and field team at UNH before assisting at the University of Kansas from 1984 to 1988. As the head coach at Appalachian State University, Fereshetian’s men’s cross country teams won three Southern Conference championships from 1989 to 1994. In 2010, Appalachian State inducted Fereshetian into the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1994, his team placed fifth at the National Invitational at Penn State and was ranked 20th nationally among NCAA Division I teams. Fereshetian was the Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times for cross country and four times for track and field.
“I attempt to direct and orchestrate what our team does,” says Fereshetian, “but ultimately it is the team and each individual member that determines how successful we will be. Winning is nice, and it’s important, but there are many ways in which you can win. Knowledge and experience gained throughout the process will help individuals win in life.”
Arthur Feeley enters his 10th season working with the cross country and track & field programs at Bates College in 2015-16.
Feeley works with both the men's and women's cross country teams in the fall while focusing on tutoring the Bobcats' jumpers and hurdlers during the track seasons. He also serves as the women's cross country and track & field program's recruiting coordinator.
A graduate of Colby College, Feeley holds USATF Level 1 and Level 2 certifications with the Level 2 certification in distance.
Jacob Ellis is starting his first year with the Bates cross country and track and field programs in 2017-2018. He works with the distance and middle distance runners through all three seasons.
A 2016 graduate of Bowdoin College, Ellis was a three time All-American for the Polar Bears in the 800 meter run. Over four years, he won 800m or 4x800m titles at the Maine State, NESCAC, Division III New England, All New England and ECAC Championships. He is the Bowdoin school record holder in the indoor and outdoor 800m, and also anchored each one of Bowdoin’s five fastest 4x800m relays, including four that set NESCAC and Division III New England championship meet records.
In 2014, Ellis ran the fastest Division III 800m in the nation both indoor (1:51.06) and outdoor (1:49.66). Both of these times set Bowdoin school records and for the latter he was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. In 2016, he ran the fastest 1000m in Division III (2:25.46), missing the Bowdoin school record by just .31 seconds.
Before joining the Bates coaching staff, Ellis coached at Hyde School in Bath, Maine, where he instructed cross country, long sprints and middle distance, and horizontal jumps. He currently holds a USATF Level 1 certification.