July 29, 2016
WASHINGTON - Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith announced today that Brandon Bonsey has been promoted to Head Men’s Cross Country in addition to his duties as an assistant coach with the track & field program. The announcement comes after an impressive 2015-16 season that saw the men’s cross country team finish 10th nationally, a fifth-place finish in the men’s steeplechase and two Hoyas compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
"It's an honor to name Brandon Bonsey to head men’s cross country coach,” Smith said. “For years as one of the premier assistants in the country, Coach Bonsey was the behind the scenes architect for much of the Georgetown program and is someone who I can completely trust to jump on any element of our operations. He's one of the most talented recruiters in the nation, and I'd attribute the resurgence in our middle distance and distance performances of the last several years to Coach Bonsey. His ability to identify and bring in student-athletes who are great matches for Georgetown University is instrumental. With the new role, I've tasked him with leading our men's middle distance and distance runners to an even greater level of commitment as humble representatives of our university and our program's history."
During his tenure on the Hilltop that started at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Bonsey has coached 16 student-athletes to 36 All-America honors in nine different events. His student-athletes have tallied 22 total BIG EAST event titles (17 individual, 5 relay) and the Hoya men captured the team title at the 2015 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships.
Under his tutelage, Jonathan Green became the first Hoya since 2000 to finish among the top five individually at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships, leading the Hoyas to a 10th-place finish as Georgetown reclaimed its status among the very best at the national level. Additionally, the Blue & Gray is the only team in the country to have back-to-back years of “4 under 4” with four student-athletes running sub-four minute miles, each time in the same race.
Since Bonsey’s return to the Hilltop, Georgetown has been a consistent presence at the national level in middle distance and distance events, most recently highlighted by four-consecutive years of Hoyas qualifying for the NCAA outdoor championships in the steeplechase and the 10,000-meter run, and three-straight years of 800-meter qualifiers and a return to prominence in the DMR after a four-year drought at the NCAA indoor championships.
“I could not be more excited about this new opportunity,” Bonsey said of his new role. “Having the support of Coach Smith and the Georgetown administration feels great. As an alum, I am well aware of the amazing coaches this program has had over the years and it means a lot to follow in their footsteps. I'm excited to help the Georgetown track & field / cross country program continue its history of excellence.”
Bonsey arrived on the Hilltop following a two-year stint with the Syracuse track & field / cross country program. With the Orange, Bonsey worked primarily with the middle distance and distance runners for both the men's and women's teams, while also assisting with recruiting and coordinating team travel. He helped guide the men's cross country team to a 2010 BIG EAST team championship. The Syracuse men finished the 2010 cross country season with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships while the women posted top-20 finishes in both 2010 (10th) and 2011 (17th). Both cross country teams won the Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships in both 2010 and 2011.
During his time with the Orange, Syracuse had four student-athletes earn All-America honors in Tito Medrano, Pat Dupont, Lauren Penney and Katie Hursey. Additionally, SU had three individual BIG EAST champions in outdoor track & field in Medrano, Dupont and Sarah Pagano. Bonsey's tutelage led Jace Lowry to the 2012 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Cross Country title.
Prior to working with the Orange, Bonsey spent one year as an assistant with the Hoyas. In addition to assisting with the middle distance and distance runners, he was responsible for coordinating the recruiting process, daily practices and travel arrangements for the Hoyas.
During his prior stint at Georgetown, Bonsey helped guide Andrew Bumbalough to All-America status in cross country and to third-place finishes at the NCAA and USA Track & Field (USATF) Championships in the 5,000-meter run. He also helped train Mike Krisch to All-America status in cross country and to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter run.
During Bonsey's junior year as a student-athlete in 2007, he finished fifth in the 1,000-meter at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship garnering All-BIG EAST honors. He ran a PR 4:04.21 in the mile that same season at the indoor Terrier Classic and earlier that year placed 36th at the 2006 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship. During his sophomore season, he earned All-BIG EAST honors as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed third at the indoor championships. In 2005, his first year at Georgetown, Bonsey competed at the USATF Jr. National Championships in the 1,500-meter event.
Bonsey captained the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams during his senior year. He was chosen to participate in the Veteran Leaders Program, a Georgetown leadership program designed for team captains to develop the skills and knowledge critical to be an effective and vocal leader.
The Falmouth, Maine native competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track for Georgetown from 2004-09, graduating from Georgetown in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in government.