Georgetown News
Cross Country - Tue, Dec. 15, 2009

After a combined 20 years with the Georgetown College Cross Country teams, former Tigers Betsy Evans Laski and Todd McDaniel have been named the head coaches effective immediately.

After a combined 20 years with the Georgetown College Cross Country teams, former Tigers Betsy Evans Laski and Todd McDaniel have been named the head coaches effective immediately.

The duo, who will also guide the men's and women's track and field teams, take over for Kevin Calhoun, who has been reassigned as the business manager for the Tiger Athletics department.  In addition, Calhoun will continue as head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams.

Betsy Evans Laski begins her first year as head coach after serving as assistant coach for the past four seasons.

The Lexington native graduated from Georgetown in 2005 with a degree in political science and economics.  Laski also holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Kentucky.

As a Tiger herself, she qualified as an individual for the NAIA National meet as a freshman, the first runner do qualify since 1995. She went on to be named the Mid-South Conference Runner of the Year and the NAIA Region XI Champion during her senior year.  In addition, she was honored as a NAIA Scholar Athlete and the A.O. Duer Award for her accomplishments in the classroom.

She continues to run competitively, running in the 2006 San Diego Marathon, 2007 Boston Marathon and the Chicago Marathon last October.

Laski is excited to begin her career as a head coach at her alma mater.  "Georgetown is special to me.  It's kind of where I 'grew up' and became a more confident, capable individual."

Laski works full-time as a community development specialist in the Department for Community & Economic Development at the Bluegrass Area Development District in Lexington.She and her husband Ryan were married in 2007.

McDaniel graduated from Georgetown in 2002 after running in the Tigers' top two spots throughout his career.  He served as a team captain during his junior and senior years and was named the most valuable runner.  He immediately began serving as an assistant upon graduation.

He and  Laski, plan to work together to build on the recent success of individual runners who have qualified for the NAIA National Championships.

"Right now Betsy and I are going to work together to build the program," said the Frankfort native.  "We will focus on the women's team because we will just have three returners next season.  Our goal is to have no less than 15 runners on both the men's and women's teams each year."

McDaniel hopes to fill a team of evenly talented runners who haven't reached their peak because he feels he can make them hungry by not knowing where they fall within their team.  "There were many times this season where we didn't know what order our runners would finish and there isn't a big gap between our top and bottom.  Getting athletes that know they can be better will make them better on race day."

With the addition of top programs Rio Grande and soon-to-be Shawnee State to the Mid-South Conference, McDaniel knows he has his work cut out.  "We have to want to get better and not be comfortable where we are."

McDaniel works full-time as a biologist for HMB Professional Engineers. He and his wife, Bekah, make their home in Frankfort with their two dogs, Abby and Flash.

 
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