Pete Farwell is the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams at Williams (men since 1979 and women since 2000).
In December of 2017 Peter Farwell was inducted into the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
His men's teams have won 13 New England regional titles plus 5 runners-up and 4 thirds), 14 NESCAC titles and 8 ECAC titles, garnering Farwell 8 regional coach of the year honors, most recently for the 2013 season. He was named 1994 National Coach of the Year after leading the Williams men to the first of its two NCAA championships.
Since 1993 the men's teams have finished in the top ten 16 times: 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 6th, 7th, 7th, 9th and 10th at the NCAA championship meet.
Farwell took over the reins of the women's cross country team in 2000, and the Ephs won the NCAA title in 2002 and 2004 and have recorded 4 runner-up finishes (most recent in 2013), three 3rds, two 4ths, a 5th and two 8th's for 14 top eight placings in the past fourteen years!
His women's teams have won 5 New England regional titles (including 2019) to go with 9 times runners-up and 2 thirds, 14 NESCAC titles and 5 ECAC titles, and he has been chosen women's regional coach of the year four times (most recently in 2019), NESCAC Coach of the Year five times, and National Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Altogether he has coached 21 men harriers to 35 All-American finishes (including 2 national champions) and 26 women to 48 All-American finishes (including two national champions). At the regional level 5 Ephmen have captured 7 individual championships, and 8 of the men have taken runner-up honors 10 times. Under Farwell 6 Eph women have captured 9 individual regional championships.
Bringing to the sport a Williams ('73) liberal arts undergraduate education combined with a scientific knowledge of physiology (M.A. in P.E. Coaching, Central Michigan University '90), Coach Farwell has devised a training plan that improves runners of all levels. His devotion to every athlete on the team helps make Williams one of the deepest Division III teams in the nation. Farwell's 23-year competitive experience included a 23rd-place finish (2:20) at the Boston Marathon and the 6-mile Williams school record.
Farwell was head coach of the Williams men's and women's track & field team from 1988 to 2001 and also in 2008 and 2013, being honored 16 times (11 for men's team, 5 for women's team) as New England Division III Coach of the Year. In 1995 he was named Men's National Coach of the Year. Other years he has served as assistant track coach of the distance runners 1980-1987 and 2002 to the present.
While track was under his leadership the teams won 9 indoor and 11 outdoor New England titles for the men plus 6 indoor and 9 outdoor titles for the women, 11 men's and 10 women's NESCAC titles, 4 men's and 6 women's ECAC titles, and at the NCAA Championships the men placed 2nd twice and 7 times in the top 10 while the women garnered 10 top 10 NCAA finishes, highlighted by two 3rds.
Altogether he has coached 83 different track All-Americans to 199 All-American performances, plus relay members (10 men's and 10 women's All-American relays).
These totals include 27 distance women (57 awards) and 20 distance men (42 awards), 18 women and 18 men in other events (for 40 women awards and 37 men's), including 22 national champion performances (by 11 different athletes and one relay: 7 women distance, 5 men distance, 6 women and 4 men in