Liz DeBole was a four-time All-American at Georgetown and an Olympic trials finalist who assists with the women's distance runners.
DeBole, who joined the Stanford staff in June, 2014, competed for Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, during her final year at Georgetown, in 2007-08. She continued to train under him for four years as a professional while also serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Hoyas.
"She was one of the most driven athletes I've ever worked with, but also had incredible balance, composure and enthusiasm in her approach every day,” Miltenberg said.
With DeBole's help, Stanford's Jessica Tonn was third in the 2015 NCAA outdoor 5,000, Aisling Cuffe won the 2015 Pac-12 cross country title, Elise Cranny set an American junior indoor 3,000 record, and former walk-on Vanessa Fraser earned All-America honors in cross country and track, and Claudia Saunders was runner-up in the NCAA outdoor 800 in consecutive seasons.
In DeBole's first two years, the Stanford women earned two14th place cross country finishes, and school records fell in the 800 and distance medley relay.
In her first Stanford cross country season, the Cardinal women, with five true or redshirt freshmen, placed 14th. This came after a runner-up Pac-12 finish and third place at the NCAA West Regionals. Cranny was the Pac-12 runner-up and placed 12th at the NCAA's, the highest finish by any freshman and the best frosh placing for a Stanford runner since 1999, and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
A three-year cross country and track and field team captain, DeBole was a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection and earned Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete honors.
She improved by more than a minute in the 5,000 meters under Miltenberg and placed seventh at the 2012 Olympic trials. She placed among the top 10 at five U.S. championship meets and ran a personal best of 15:15.27.
The Loudonville, N.Y., native also had personal bests of 4:08.12 for 1,500 and 4:35.12 for the mile, finishing seventh at that distance at the 2008 NCAA indoor championships. However, her best running came as she developed under Miltenberg and, in 2012, she was ranked No. 8 in the 5,000 in the annual U.S. rankings by Track & Field News.
The former Liz Maloy is married to Matt DeBole, also a former runner at Georgetown.