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Terry Radchenko named head coach of Guelph Gryphons

Radchenko will be leaving the University of Toronto, where he has been coaching for nine years

University of Guelph’s search for a cross-country head coach has ended with Terry Radchenko being named the new leader of the Gryphons men’s and women’s cross-country and endurance programs. Radchenko starts at Guelph next month after nine years at the University of Toronto, where he helped build one of the nation’s top endurance running programs. 

While Radchenko will run the cross country and endurance programs, he will also serve as associate head coach for Guelph’s track and field program, assisting head coach Jason Kerr.

The position of head coach has been vacant since Dave Scott-Thomas’s dismissal in 2019.

“Our goal is to be a championship-calibre program across the full gamut of our sport, I have admired Radchenko’s work for years and sincerely believe he’s the best coach in Canada to help lead our team into the future,” Kerr said in a press release, on Radchenko’s hiring. “We want to be successful in cross-country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.” 

Madeleine Kelly (right) with Lucia Stafford and coach Terry Radchenko in Gifu

Radchenko can be credited with turning the University of Toronto’s endurance program into a national powerhouse; the Varsity Blues captured three consecutive U Sports women’s track and field championships between 2015 and 2017, and the women’s cross country championship in 2018. He helped many student-athletes reach national team selections, including Madeleine Kelly, Lucia Stafford and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics (Kelly in the 800m and the Stafford sisters in the 1,500m). Between them, Lucia and Gabriela hold multiple Canadian records.   

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Radchenko has had success at every level of coaching, from developing youth to high-performance athletes. After two years of no competitions due to the pandemic, Guelph will be looking to return to the national podium in cross-country and claim their fourth straight national championship banner in men’s and women’s track and field.