Michelle Chewens
Michelle  Chewens

Michelle Chewens enters her first year as the head women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach in 2016-17 after being hired by John Hayes upon his arrival to Wake Forest. Chewens will also assist the men's cross country team in her role.

Chewens has spent the past two seasons at Columbia where she served as an assistant track & field and cross country coach. While at Columbia, Chewens coached a pair of student-athletes to All-Ivy League Honors at the Ivy League Championships in both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Chewens coached Natalie Tanner to All-Northeast Region Honors as she finished 14th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships and earned a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

In two years with the Columbia track team, Chewens saw eight individuals advance to NCAA East Preliminaries in outdoor track, with Natalie Tanner earning Second-Team All-American Honors with a 15th-place finish in the 5k in 2016. The 2016 squad also had its best showing at the Ivy League Championships, scoring the most points since 2010, and matching the program record for points at the conference meet.

During a pair indoor track seasons, Chewens saw three student-athletes garner All-Ivy League honors during the 2014-15 season, with Sarah Hardie claiming the title in the 1,000 in 2014-15 before repeating in 2015-16. The 2014-15 team would go on to finish second overall at the Ivy League Indoor Championships.

Before joining the Lions staff, Chewens served as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. During the 2013-14 season, Chewens aided in the coaching of one NCAA Outdoor Track All-American honorable mention, as well as three NCAA Outdoor East-Prelim qualifiers. Additionally, Chewens is also a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.

Prior to her time at Toledo, Chewens helped out at UNC Greensboro as a cross country and track & field assistant coach. From the spring of 2012 until July 2013, Chewens coached three All-Americans on the track and one in cross country, while also coaching six qualifiers in the NCAA Outdoor East-Prelims.

As a student-athlete, Chewens was a four-time letterwinner in both cross country and track, earning Academic All-SoCon honors all four years, and was a part of UNCG's first SoCon Championship in 2011.

Chewens graduated from UNCG in August 2011 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a concentration in sports medicine. A native of Cornwall-On-Hudson, N.Y., she is the daughter of Robert and Lucy Chewens, and has one sister, Nicole.

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