John Oliver
John  Oliver

Assistant Cross Country Coach


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John Oliver was named Purdue’s distance assistant track & field and cross country coach July 12, 2017. Oliver joined the Boilermakers after spending five years at Stanford, including three consecutive top-3 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the Cardinal men’s program, where he was the men's distance assistant coach.

Oliver helped lead the Stanford distance crew to achievements it hadn’t seen in at least a decade. His Cardinal men’s cross country team was the NCAA runner-up in 2016 as well as in 2014, with a third place finish in 2015. It was the first time Stanford had even back-to-back top-3 finishes in more than 10 years. He also led the program to two West Regional titles in cross country.

Oliver led seven different individuals to All-America honors in his last three seasons at Stanford, including three top-10 finishers at the cross country national championships. On the track, Oliver coached the 2017 NCAA Outdoor 5,000-meter national champion, Grant Fisher, who, as just a sophomore, earned Stanford’s first individual national title in six years. A year earlier, Oliver directed Sean McGorty to a runner-up finish in the indoor 3,000-meter race as well as the outdoor 5,000-meter race.

Other achievements by Cardinal distance runners competing for Oliver include a Pac-12 Cross Country Freshman of the Year, the school record in the mile with a time of 3:53.95 – No. 2 in history among American collegians indoors on any size track, the No. 3 time on the all-time U.S. junior 5k list (13:30.13), five All-Americans at a single cross country NCAA meet, the 2014 DMR national title, a Pan-Am Cup and NACAC champion, as well as an NCAA West Regional champion.

Oliver, a native of St. Louis, was a collegiate runner for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. During his time there, his cross country and track teams won 11 of a possible 12 league titles.


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