Andrew Ferris
Andrew  Ferris

Assistant Coach (Cross Country, Middle Distance, Distance)

Andrew Ferris joined the Wake Forest cross country and track and field programs in 2017.

Ferris came to Wake Forest after working as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia.

In his first season with the Deacon men’s cross country team, the men improved from eighth to sixth at the conference meet, the highest finish by the men since 2010. Freshman Mitchell Day earned All-ACC honors after finishing 13th to become the program’s first-ever male ACC Freshman of the Year honoree and first All-Conference recipient since 2005. The men’s team would go on to take 11th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

Ferris also assisted in the coaching of Robert Heppenstall as he earned his fifth and sixth All-American title in the indoor and outdoor 800m.

Prior to the Knox Grammar School, Ferris worked as the Head Coach at Emmanuel College where he coached multiple state and national medalists, including two Australian Steeplechase Champions, two Australian Champion teams, 38 Australian Junior Championship qualifiers and an Oceania Women’s Champion.

Ferris has progressed to a level three coaching qualification, one of the highest accreditations offered in Australia. He was also an Apprenticeship Coach at the Altis World Athletics Center, an elite athlete and coach training organization that improves performances of both athletes and coaches. He also has Level 1 Strength and Conditioning certification through ASCA.

Ferris comes to Wake Forest with an extensive background in recruiting and connecting Australian athletes with NCAA programs. He acted as an international contact for many NCAA coaches as well as assisting student athletes in finding suitable NCAA programs.

Ferris attended the Ipswich Grammar School where he graduated in 2001. From there, he achieved a Bachelor of Health Science in 2009 from Griffith University in South East Queensland, Australia.

He now resides in Winston-Salem.

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