After just a year on campus, distance and cross country coach Darren Gauson has certainly made his presence felt at Lamar.
Joining the program at the start of the 2012 cross country season, the Edinburgh, Scotland, native guided Matt Johnsen to the NCAA Championships, placing 33rd and becoming just the fourth Lamar harrier to earn All-American honors since 1969.
As the year turned to indoor season, two more of his athletes made some noise as both Joe Wade and Becky Gough took home Southland Conference indoor titles. Wade earned the mile championship, his third win of the season in the event, with a time of 4:08.80, marking the fastest time at the SLC meet since 1998. Gough won the 3,000 meter run, completing the race in 10:10.05.
During outdoor season, Wade earned his fifth Southland title with a 1,500 meter win and ended the season with the top conference times in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs as well as the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Both Gough and Claire Miles also earned all-conference designation twice.
Prior to Lamar, Gauson spent four seasons with Butler University, helping develop and maintain one of the most successful programs in the Horizon League. While at BU, the Bulldog men continued a streak of 14 consecutive conference championships in cross country, including a 29th place finish at the NCAA National Championships in 2008.
He was also pivotal in the individual development of a number of athletes, including four All-Americans (Andrew Baker, Callum Hawkins, Steve Lisgo and Rob Mullet).
Gauson also worked with sprinters and hurdlers, helping the group break four school records in three years.
Prior to joining the Bulldog staff, Gauson was a standout athlete for BU for two seasons, earning a Horizon League Championship in the 1,500 meter run in 2008. He's also a former Scottish national champion in the event, winning in both 2004 and 2005.
A 2006 graduate of Napier University in Scotland, Gauson holds a bachelor's degree in sport and exercise science. He completed his master's in education at Butler in 2008.
Gauson is married to the former Marbeth Shiell, and they reside in Beaumont.