|Previous College:||Dickinson '04 / Canisius '05|
|Major:||B.A. - International Business and Management / M.S. - Sport Administration|
In the past two seasons Gregory Lott has reinvigorated theUnited States Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's crosscountry and track & field programs. After taking the helm inJuly 2010, the Mariners have seen their highest finishes across theboard since joining the Landmark Conference. Coach Lott has piecedtogether an exceptional coaching staff, including a full-timeassistant and multiple part-time assistants. The outdoor trackfacility has received a complete overhaul giving the Mariners oneof the area’s best tracks around.
All aspects of the program have seen drastic improvements. InLott’s first season, he led a significant turnaround with theindoor track program. Both the men and women saw an 11-foldimprovement in their point output as the men vaulted from lastplace to 3rd overall. Lott was awarded the 2011Landmark Conference Indoor Coach of the year for his efforts. The2012 track season saw Merchant Marine significantly improve thepoint total once again as the men has proved themselves to be acontender within the conference coming just three points away froma second place finish. Athletes under his direction are literallyre-writing the record books as 49 Academy Records (10 on themen’s side and 39 on the women’s) have already gonedown in just two seasons. Landmark Champions have been crowed inMen’s High Jump, Men’s Long Jump, Men’s 100m,Men’s 200m, Men’s 400m and in the Men’s 4x400mrelay. The Mariners crowned their first ever female LandmarkConference Champion in 2012 when Tara Mulligan won the HammerThrow. Two Freshmen, Tomas Sanchez and Chris Cook, were namedALL-ECAC in the 2012 Indoor Track season for their “Top8” performances in the 500m (1:05.52) and the Long Jump(22’4.5”) at the Eastern Conference AthleticChampionships (ECAC), both of which were Academy Records. ChrisCook was also named Landmark Conference Newcomer of the Year.Success at the ECACs continued outdoors with Chris Cook (LJ –7.09m, 23’4”) and Kevin Stapf (JT – 59.08m,193’10”) earning All-ECAC honors. The men’s4x400m relay also garnered All-ECAC honors en route to breaking theLandmark Conference Record with a time of 3:18.83. In Cross Countryboth the men and women were crowned Maritime Cup Champions inLott’s first season. The 2011 season saw an influx of talentas five of the “Top 7” on the women’s side andseven of the “Top 10” on the men’s side wereFreshmen. Both programs improved conference and regional finishesin 2011.
The teams’ success has continued in the classroom andregiment as well. In the past two years, members of the team havebeen both the Senior Class President and the class Valedictorian. In addition to earning more Academic Star Awards at theAcademy than any other program over the same span, team membershave won several other major academic awards (Julie BerkeAchievement Award, Thomas LeBlanc Scholar Athlete Award (twice),and the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award). The Men’s CrossCountry program was also awarded the Dean’s Award for thehighest team GPA. Additional major team awards at the Academy overthe past two years include the Julie Burke Female Athlete of theYear Award and the CPT Perry Walter Team Advisor of the Year.
Before coming to Kings Point, Lott was the Assistant Coach forSprints, Relays and the Pole Vault for both the men's and women'strack and field squads at the United States Military Academy. Whileat West Point, he also served as Recruiting Coordinator for thecross country and track & field programs. Lott coached WestPoint athletes to several impressive feats. Hallie Huggins and KaciClark broke Academy records in the Pole Vault six times culminatingin a jump of 12’2”. Ebony Thomas broke a PatriotConference Championship Meet record five times and set an Academyrecord in the Indoor 200m, running at a clip of 24.50 seconds. TheWest Point men’s 4x100m relay team was conference champion in2009 and 2010 coming just .01 seconds off the Patriot LeagueChampionship Meet Record with a time of 41.07. Overall, the men'strack & field team won three consecutive conference titles, hadan undefeated record against its arch-rival, Navy and won the 2010All-Military Meet defeating Air Force, Navy, The Citadel, VMI,USMMA and Coast Guard.
Prior to West Point, Lott spent two years running professionallyunder the tutelage of U.S. Olympic team coach Brooks Johnson. Hecompeted on the European Circuit in the 200m and 400m and hadTop-10 international finishes in France, Belgium, Germany andItaly. In 2007, he ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay for the U.S.team at The International Freedom and Friendship Games. Concurrentto his own racing, Lott orchestrated the pole-vaulting program atthe National Training Center (NTC) in Clermont, Florida and coachedfive district champions, three regional champions and two staterunner-up finishes at the high school level.
From 2005-06, Lott served as a graduate assistant coach atValparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. with a primaryresponsibility for the sprints, hurdles and relays. Athletes hecoached achieved great heights with 39 personal best performances,20 marks on the “Top-Five All-Time List” at Valpo andfive school records. While at Valpo, Lott also completed courseworktowards a Master of Business Administration degree.
Lott began his collegiate coaching career at Buffalo State Collegewhile completing his master’s degree in sport administrationat Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Working with the Bengalsprinters and hurdlers, he led Richard Harris to a first placefinish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2005 Division III OutdoorNational Championships, becoming the first track and field athleteat Buffalo State to win a national championship since 1986.
Lott earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business andManagement from Dickinson College in 2004. He captained the RedDevils’ track and field team for two seasons and leftDickinson as one of the most-decorated athletes in school history.His accolades as a collegiate athlete include being named the MostValuable Athlete on Dickinson's track team twice, being named theMost Outstanding Track & Field Athlete of the CentennialConference twice, earning the 2004 McAndrew's Award (MostOutstanding Athlete at Dickinson College, representing all sports),winning the Joseph Ducharme Memorial Leadership Award for inspiringhis team after coming back from a seemingly career-ending injuryand being named the 2004 Mid-East Regional Athlete of the Year.Lott was a five event NCAA National Qualifier finishing as high assecond in the nation at 200m, tabbing him an All-American.
Lott and his wife Melanie currently reside in Port Washington,NY.