St. Bonaventure announces Bob Macfarlane as cross country coach
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure associate athletic director Steve Campbell announced the addition of Bob Macfarlane to the department of athletics staff as the head men's and women's cross country coach on Wednesday.
"We are excited to have Bob take over the reins of our cross country program. He was very successful at Bradford High School for the past several years and we look forward to Coach Macfarlane's impact on the St. Bonaventure program," said Campbell. "He is a very knowledgeable in distance running and we are confident that his success at Bradford High along with his enthusiasm will enhance our recruiting efforts. Bob is an excellent addition to our staff and to the greater St. Bonaventure community."
Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure, he served as the head varsity girls cross country coach at Bradford Area School District for the past six years. He led the cross country team to a 66-4 dual meet record as well as five Pennsylvania District IX AAA titles and coached four individual district champions. Macfarlane coached five state qualifying teams and one state medalist.
Macfarlane served as the Bradford Area head girls' track and field coach in 2008-09, but was the assistant coach for the girls' team for 13 years prior. During his time at Bradford, he assisted the team to eight Pennsylvania District IX AAA Championships including a Pennsylvania State title in 1996. Macfarlane was also the distance coach for the Bradford Indoor Track and Field team for eight years.
In both 2003 and 2004, Macfarlane was the head coach for Team New York/Pennsylvania, leading the 2003 team to an international title in Australia.
Macfarlane is a teacher at Bradford since 1977 in both the secondary and elementary schools and has been a lead teacher for the past three years. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, teaching World Regional Geography and Methods of Social Studies Teaching.
He graduated with a bachelor's in elementary and secondary education with a concentration in history from St. Bonaventure in 1977 and received also his master's of education from St. Bonaventure.