Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham
Title: Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach
Phone: (703) 284-1518
Email: bcunning@marymount.edu

Cunningham enters his third season at the helm of the Marymount cross country programs in 2018, while entering his first year of recruiting for the newly added track and field programs.

Adding more depth to the squads in his second season with the Saints, he saw continual best times throughout the season on both teams, while then-junior Denise Gallant dazzled with four top-10 finishes for the women's program. The team made their second appearance in the NCAA DIII Regionals, this time in Newport News, Virginia. The men collected their first team score, scoring 156 points for 31st place as all five runners competed. On the women's side, six took the gravel, taking 28th place as a team with 741 points. On the academic side, the men's team put up a 3.3 team GPA for the Fall semester, earning them a spot on the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) DIII All-Academic team.

In his first season, he guided the Saints to their first ever trip to the NCAA Regionals in Mount Berry, Georgia where seven of the nine women's runners took the gravel to place a team finish of 18th out of 27 total scoring teams, while lone men's runner Joel Juarez grabbed a 62nd-place finish out of a field of 208 runners. On the academics side, the women's team bolstered a 3.47 team GPA for the Fall semester, earning them a spot on the USTFCCCA DIII All-Academic teams. 

Cunningham took over the program in 2016 with a plethora of experience in cross country, from performing as a Division I runner at The College of William and Mary, which transitioned to running professionally, to coaching the sport for over a decade. During his time as a runner for the Tribe, he was named All-Conference in the 800 meters, while earning IC4A qualifying status in the 4x800 relay during his four-year career. 

Kicking off his coaching career in Boston, Massachusetts, Cunningham headed the inaugural season of the cross country program at the Winsor School. The program took off quickly, winning the conference championship along with the individual title in just the first season. For his efforts, he was honored as the 2001 Eastern Independent League Coach of the Year. During his time at Winsor, he volunteered for three years with the John Hancock Elite Athletes program, while also training at the FILA Boston Training Camp and raced with several Kenyan athletes. 

It was from there that Cunningham was granted the opportunity to return to his alma mater and become an Assistant Men's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for the Tribe of William and Mary, where he specifically worked with middle-distance runners. During his time there from 2003-05, the Tribe qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships twice. Cunningham also assisted with five male and female competitors who were chosen to compete for various Team USA squads. 

In 2005, he slipped away from W&M for a one-year stint in Edinburg, Texas as the Assistant Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach for the University of Texas-Pan American. Again, he oversaw the team's distance and middle-distance runners, including two individual NCAA XC qualifiers and an Outdoor T&F qualifier.   

Traveling back to Virginia in 2006, he began working at the Potomac River Running Store, where he still remains today as the Senior Manager. While there, he enjoyed a successful stint on the high school level, serving as an Assistant Coach for Lake Braddock Secondary School, where he helped the girl's cross country team capture the state championship in addition to winning numerous regional titles in both cross country and track & field. He assisted the girl's 4x800-meter relay team to an eighth-place finish at the Penn Relays, earning the squad All-American honors. Cunningham also saw the girl's distance-medley relay team place sixth at the Indoor National Scholastics. The girl's team was ranked 22nd in the nation by American Track and Field magazine. 

In 2013, he jumped back into the collegiate scene with his first Head Coach position at Simmons College in Boston. In just one season, he coached the squad to a third-place finish at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship, with four of his student athletes finishing in the top 15. 

His one-year stay at Simmons led him to Wellesley College in 2014 where he took over as the Assistant Coach for cross country and track & field. While there, the cross country team qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in 26 years, had three Academic All-Americans, boasted the Indoor/Outdoor ECAC 5k champion, and had three Outdoor NCAA Championship qualifiers all finishing in the top 10. 

In 2015, he moved back to Virginia where he continued as a Senior Manager at Potomac River Running. Cunningham, since 2008, has also coached as part of the PR Training Programs in Virginia, where he supervises various athlete groups training for competitions from five kilometers to 50 miles in distance.

Cunningham received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from William and Mary in 1998. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Centreville, Virginia.