Preparing Boys for Life

Announcing Mike Toomey as Director of Cross-Country Program

Mike Toomey, The Haverford School’s incoming Director of Tuition Assistance, will assume leadership of the cross-country program effective July 1, 2020. Toomey will succeed Tim Lengel ’07, who will continue as assistant coach and focus additional time on his teaching and advising duties in the Upper School.

"Coach Lengel’s dedication over five years set this team up for success, including the Fords’ first Inter-Ac Championship in 15 years in 2016," said Michael Murphy, Director of Athletics. "Mike Toomey will continue to build the program, aspiring to win Inter-Ac and PAISSA championships at the varsity level, providing opportunities for young men to learn valuable lessons through participation and competition, and developing a lifelong passion for running."

Toomey has been coaching at the high school, collegiate, and open levels for more than 23 years and comes to Haverford from George School. As George School’s head cross-country and track coach, he led both the boys and girls to strong finishes in league and state competitions. Prior to George School, Toomey coached at Kents Hill School in Maine where his team won back to back New England cross-country titles in 2015 and 2016. At the high school level, he has had numerous state, regional, and national level runners. In the open and masters divisions, he has worked with individuals of all levels as well as charity teams, including The American Cancer Society Miami Marathon Team and the Franklin Park Zoo Boston Marathon Team. He is a USA Track and Field Level 1 and Level 2 Endurance Coach and has also served as Chairman for USA Track & Field New England, with the primary goal being to promote the sport of track and field in New England at all levels and abilities.

Toomey’s personal competitive running career started in high school where he was the State Champion in the mile and was named the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald All-Scholastic in cross-country. He was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame in 2015. He went on to run at UMass Lowell and had a successful career there as well. Toomey was part of the NCAA Cross-Country Championship Team in 1991 while earning All-American status, the ECAC Steeple Champion in 1992, the team captain in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track from '93-'95, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. After college, Toomey went on to run for Reebok Boston as a middle distance runner and was fortunate to be coached by Bob Sevene, one of the USA’s top coaches. After Reebok Boston he moved out to Flagstaff, AZ and worked with coaching legend Jack Daniels. Toomey excelled as a runner through all of these experiences, but also gained a lot of his coaching values and philosophies from these incredible individuals.

“I'm looking forward to working with the student-athletes and coaches at Haverford,” said Toomey. “Running has always been a big part of my life and I’m excited to share my experiences with the team. The cross-country program has a strong history and I’m honored to be part of its story.”