JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) reposts Lovett, John [MC1973] return to Alma Mater

2016-Sep-23

Good Morning All,

 
Some good news for Jasper Track as we welcome back Hall Of Fame Inductee, John Lovett ’73. I thought you might enjoy reading this release. Thank you Tom Delaney for sharing it. I missed it. Good one this. God Bless..
 
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Article :
 
John Lovett Returns to Manhattan As Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 09/21/2016
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RIVERDALE, NY – Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame member John Lovett ’73 has been named an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s cross country/track & field programs.  The 1997 Hall of Fame inductee ran on the Jaspers’ world record-setting distance medley squad at the 1973 NCAA Indoor Championships, which clinched the team title for Manhattan.
 
“I’m glad to be back at Manhattan,” Lovett said.  “This is an exciting time for the school and the program, and I’m excited to be a part of it.  I’m very fortunate to work with Kerri (Gallagher).  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having set school records in high school & college and now running at the elite level.”
 
While at Manhattan, Lovett was a five-time All-American and two-time IC4A champion.  He also won four straight Metropolitan Indoor Championships in the 1000 yards.  At the 1973 NCAA Indoor Championships, Lovett ran the leadoff half-mile leg in the distance medley relay.  He posted a split of 1:53.2, as the Jaspers set a world record (9:43.8) in the event.  Manhattan went on to win the team championship, its first national title in any sport.
 
He returns to Riverdale after a successful 16-year career as the head coach at Bishop Kearney High School in Brooklyn.  Lovett guided the Bishop Kearney cross country team to five Brooklyn Conference championships and three Brooklyn/Queens titles.  He also mentored individual Brooklyn/Queens champions in both indoor and outdoor track & field, as well as cross country.  Kerri Gallagher, Manhattan’s Head Coach for Cross Country, Mid Distance and Distance, attended Bishop Kearney, where she was coached by Lovett.
 
“We’re beyond thrilled to have John join the staff,” Gallagher said.  “His experience with Manhattan cross country and track & field is unique and a great resource for our young athletes, giving them a link to our great tradition.  As an All-American and Hall of Famer, he knows how to excel training and competing in New York City.  On a personal level, I’m excited to work with the man who introduced me to running, and I’m looking forward to sharing that with our athletes.”
 
In addition to the distance medley relay, Lovett still holds the school record in the indoor two-mile relay.  He also set two individual school records (880 yards, 1000 yards) during his time at Manhattan and represented the United States in an international meet against the Soviet Union in 1972.

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