John Stoudt

John Stoudt

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    Head Coach
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    John D. Stoudt enters his 16th season as head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams in 2023. Under Stoudt’s tutelage, the men's side has garnered top-20 finishes at the Mid-Atlantic/Mideast Regionals in eight of the previous 10 years, while the women took eighth at the 2021 regional championship for their best performance since 1999.
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    16th Season

John D. Stoudt enters his 16th season as head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams in 2023. His teams have put together some of their strongest performances in recent history as both the men's and women's teams held Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings for the first time since the Diplomats joined the Centennial Conference in 2021. The women had two runners earn USTFCCCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Academic Athlete status as the team placed eighth for its highest finish since the 1999 season. The men also had one UTSFCCCA All-Academic Athlete and return all of their runners that helped F&M place 14th at the regional championship. The men's team followed up that performance in 2022 with their best finish at the Centennial Conference Championships since the 2014 campaign.

Under Stoudt’s tutelage, The F&M men’s cross country team has consistently been of the region’s top programs. He has led the Diplomats to top-20 finishes at the Mideast Regionals in eight of the previous 10 years, including a 10th-place showing in 2012, and a 12th-place finish in 2016. The women’s team earned its highest finish at the Centennial Conference Championship under Stoudt with a fifth-place showing in 2019.

During his time at F&M, Stoudt coached Sheena Crawley, one of the most prolific runners in F&M history, to seven of her eight All-America honors, including three All-America nods in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years (cross country, indoor and outdoor track). Crawley placed 11th at nationals for cross country in 2011, was second in the mile with a time of 4:49.45 in 2013, finished third in the 1500 with the sixth fastest time ever in DIII (4:21.23) at the 2013 outdoor nationals and was a two-time Mid-East Region Track Athlete of the Year. 

Stoudt also oversaw several impressive performances as the distance coach for the men’s and women’s track & field squads. He has coached F&M's first-ever 4x800 relay title teams, while his runners hold 19 school records and eight conference marks. 

Intimately familiar with the local running scene, Stoudt has served as the Head Cross Country Coach at Lancaster Catholic from 2001 through 2005, and as the Head Track & Field Coach at Lancaster Catholic from 2004 through 2006. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Conestoga Valley for several seasons. 

Stoudt is an accomplished runner, having won local races such as the Market Street Mile and the Master's title at Shiver by the River Winter Series. He has also run with a group of local elite runners that claimed several long distance relays throughout the Mid-Atlantic and out West on courses ranging from 70 to 200 miles. Stoudt also placed ninth in the USATF Masters cross country national championships. 

Stoudt graduated from Kutztown with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and completed his Masters in Education, Sports Management, at Millersville University in December of 2007. He currently works as a fitness consultant at Spooky Nook Sports. He holds a USATF Level 1 track & field coaching certification and resides in Lancaster with his wife, Michelle.