A New England Coach of the Year seven times in her career, Kristen Morwick leads one of the nation's most successful women’s track & field and cross country programs at Tufts University.
Hired in June 2000, Coach Morwick is currently in her 21st season leading the Jumbos. Numerous All-Americans have been recruited to Tufts to compete for her. That includes those who contributed to the five NCAA track championships won during Morwick's tenure. In 2018, Brittany Bowman captured the 5,000 meters indoor national championship. Jana Hieber was the 2014 NCAA Outdoor 400-meter hurdles champion. The Jumbo distance medley relay earned back-to-back national titles in 2008-09. Jessica Trombly also won the NCAA 400-meter hurdles in 2004.
On the cross country course last fall, Tufts’ Danielle Page posted the second-best NCAA finish in team history with a sixth place. Leslie Crofton was fifth overall at the 2000 NCAA Cross Country meet in Morwick's first season with the Jumbos. Bowman won the NCAA Regional cross country race in 2016 and was the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Athlete of the Year that season. Natalie Bettez won the all-divisions New England Championship race in 2018, the first Tufts runner to do so since 1975.
Morwick has also overseen great team success in both sports. Eleven times in track & field Tufts has placed among the top 20 teams at the NCAA Championships during her time. The Jumbos' 11th-place finish indoors in 2018 was the best since Tufts took ninth at the 2011-12 NCAA indoor meet. Tufts was fifth indoors in 2009 and sixth indoors in 2008. The Jumbos placed eighth at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championship race, the fourth time the team finished among the top 10 nationally since 2015. Morwick coached the 2006 cross country team that posted the program's best-ever fifth-place effort nationally.
At the New England Division III Track & Field Championships, Morwick's Tufts teams won indoor titles in 2008 and 2013. The Jumbos were the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) track & field champions in 2013. In cross country, Tufts was the NCAA Regional runners-up in 2015 and 2017, and the conference runner-up four times (2006, 2015-16, 2019).
Morwick's student-athletes also perform at a high level academically. For 2019-20, a remarkable 29 members of the Tufts women’s cross country and track & field program earned NESCAC All-Academic team membership for carrying GPA’s of 3.5 or higher. The program maintains an outstanding 3.68 GPA cumulatively.
The Jumbos have been community service leaders under Coach Morwick as well. They have participated in the Jog Your Memory Run to raise money for Alzheimer's, volunteer at the Tufts 10K road race and have a number of student-athletes who work with Special Olympics.
Coach Morwick is a four-time USTFCCCA New England Region Cross Country Coach of the Year, winning twice at Tufts (2015 and 2017) and twice in her previous role at Williams College. She earned USTFCCCA indoor and outdoor track & field New England Coach of the Year recognition in 2013. She was also the organization’s top regional coach indoors for 2008. The NESCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2015, she received the conference's track & field Coach of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013.
A 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, Morwick was previously the head coach of cross country and a track & field assistant at Williams. At Dartmouth, she competed in the multi-events and held the high jump record for several years. She was also a member of the basketball team.
Morwick began her coaching career at Tufts as an assistant under Branwen Smith-King. Hired at Williams in 1996, Morwick's cross country teams there qualified for the NCAA national championship race from 1996-99.