The Bridgewater State Athletics & Recreation department has recently hired Cristine Klobier as the new head coach for the men’s and women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Klobier is the 4th Cross Country coach since the program started in 1995.
Coach Klobier has great experience when it comes to Cross Country and Track & Field sports. Klobier competed in indoor & outdoor track for UMass Amherst while getting her undergraduate degree. Then from 2003-2012, she coached the men’s and women’s track teams at Regis College, which the men’s team got promoted to varsity in 2009, an accomplishment for which Klobier was responsible. Then from 2012-2013, she was the distance coach for the Hare & Hounds Running Club of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland while pursuing her Masters in Edinburgh Napier University.
Her most recent experience was at NCAA Division I Niagra University where she was coach of the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams from 2014-2022. When the women’s Track team was established in 2014, Klobier became its first coach. She also has a Masters of Science in Sports Management from Niagra University.
“From my own experiences, there is no difference between a D1 or D3 athlete in terms of heart and dedication to master the sport. However, within Division III athletics there tends to be sincere support from the Athletics Department for its entire student-athlete population and that simple commitment opens up a world of athletic potential and prosperity.” Klobier said of her switch from Division I to Division III sports.
There is a lot Coach Klobier has planned for this season. She intends to hit the ground running and “establish a strong foundation of trust and common purpose with the team and the coaches. I believe we are all entering into this year with the intent to not let this simply be a ‘transition year’. There’s a lot of pride in the legacy of the programs and a desire to continue that success. I see no reason why we cannot only honor that legacy but strive for more!”
Coach Klobier is excited for her future at BSU, saying “BSU is a very unique institution as it combines a high level of resources and opportunities for its students while being accessible. It’s been less than two weeks, but everyone has made me feel as if I’ve been a part of the BSU-family for much longer.”
BSU Cross Country has its next meet this Saturday in Westfield as they attend the Westfield State 26th Annual James Earley Invitational.