Brian Chabot
Brian Chabot
Title: Director of Track and Field and Cross Country
Phone: 508-831-6022
Year: 15th Season
Previous College: UMass Amherst '99

USTFCCCA DIII New England/East Men's Coach of the Year 2009, 2019, 2022
USTFCCCA DIII New England/East Women's Coach of the Year 2010, 2015, 2022

NEWMAC Men's Coach of the Year 2009, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021 | NEWMAC Women's Coach of the Year 2010, 2016, 2022

Brian Chabot is entering his 15th season as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at WPI.

The 2020-2021 academic year saw unprecedented success for the women's and men's programs despite being limited to just an outdoor season of competition. The women's team secured it's first NEWMAC title since 1994, which was led by a trio of major award winners, NEWMAC Rookie of the Year Vivienne Evans '24 who took first place in the 100m, 200m and was a member of the winning 4x100m relay. NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year, Sydney Packard 'GR who took home conference titles in the 800m and 1500m and NEWMAC Field Athlete of the Year, Skylar Barthelemes 'GR, who secured victories in the hammer throw and shot put, while also placing second in the discus throw and fifth in the javelin. Evans would go on to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 100m, as well as a member of the All-American 4x100m, the first outdoor relay from either gender to do so in program history. Packard also competed at the NCAA Championships, earning a program-record 7th & 8th All-America honors after placing in the top-8 in both the 800m and 1500m. 

2021 outdoor campaign also saw the men's program win their first-ever NEWMAC title. NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year, Oliver Thomas '21 helped usher in the victory winning the 110m and 400m hurdles, as well as lead-off for the winning 4x100m relay. Thomas would go on to be crowned NEICAAA 110m Hurdle Champion and ultimately earn his third All-America honor with a 7th place finish in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Fellow 110m hurdler, Malek ElShahks '21 would also qualify for the NCAA Championship in that event. 

Despite an abbreviated 2019-2020 campaign, Chabot's program had one of their most successful seasons to date, highlighted by standout, Sydney Packard's Division III NCAA leading 800m time of 2:06.54, which now finds her ranked #2 on the NCAA all-time indoor performance list for Division III. Under Chabot’s leadership the Track & Field team has produced 36 NCAA All-Americans, 18 of which were added during the 2020 indoor and 2021 outdoor track and field seasons. The success has not simply been limited to the track or the field, as Chabot saw two more Academic All-American's honored in 2019-2020, adding to his total of 15 during his career on Boynton Hill. 

Over the past two years, Sydney Packard has collected three 800-meter run All-America trophies in four NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship appearances. She also became the 10th fastest woman in Division III history to compete in the indoor 800m. Lea Strangio and a men's 4x400-meter relay team also made back-to-back trips to the outdoor version of the event. The 2017 men's 4x400m consisted of Andrew Kelly, Alex Rus, Ryan Wittenberg and Warren Staver while the 2018 team included Rus, Paul-Henry Schoenhagen, Nick Fleury and Staver. In March, Packard and Strangio teamed with Emily Newman and Maggie LaRoche to contest the distance medley relay while the men were represented by Wittenberg (800m) and Austin Scott (mile) at the indoor event. 

Regionally, the men's indoor 4x400m and 4x800m claimed the New England Division III titles while Packard followed up a sweep of the 800m and 1,500m at the NEWMAC Chamopionships with gold in the 800m at the Division III New England Championships. Rus, meanwhile, broke the tape in the 400m with a NEWMAC and WPI record time after teaming with Oliver Thomas, Antoine Harris and Fleury to secure the 4x100m at the conference meet. For their efforts, Rus was named the NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year, Thomas was tabbed as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, and Chabot was selected as NEWMAC Men's Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

Chabot has seen the women’s team place in both national championships from 2013 to 2015, as well as six consecutive outdoor meets from 2013-2018. The Engineers finished a program best 18th during the 2013 outdoor season behind Julie Eagle and Laura Pumphrey's second-place tie in the high jump. 

During the 2013-2014 campaign six women qualified for the NCAA championships, with graduate student Eagle placing third and second, respectively, in the high jump during the 2014 indoor and outdoor championships.

Liz Pellegrini was second in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 outdoor championships and was the NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year in 2016. For his efforts, Chabot has been named the 2010 NEWMAC and NCAA Division III New England Women’s Coach of the Year, as well as the 2015 NCAA Division III New England Women's Coach of the Year and 2016 NEWMAC Coach of the Year.

The 2009, 2013 and 2016 NEWMAC Men’s Coach of the Year, along with the 2009 NCAA Division III New England Men's Coach of the Year has continued to see the team rank among the top programs in Division III New England. In 2017 the team finished second at the NEWMAC championship for the sixth straight year and seven out of the last nine. 

Academically, The Cross Country and Track & Field teams boast 13 CoSIDA Academic All-America nods, including repeat picks Jarrett Arredondo, Julie Eagle and Wesley DeChristofaro.

Chabot served as an assistant coach for four years, working primarily with sprinters and jumpers, helping 38 of his athletes earn All-New England honors and eight garner All-ECAC distinctions.

Prior to joining the staff at WPI, Chabot coached Indoor Track and Field at his alma mater, St. John's High School in Shrewsbury from 2000-01. Under Chabot's tutelage, the Pioneers set school records in the mile and the 4x800 relay.

In college, Chabot was a standout cross country and track and field athlete at UMass-Amherst. Chabot was a two-year team captain in both sports for the Minutemen and received All-New England and All-IC4A distinctions on multiple occasions. He graduated from UMass in 1999 with a double-major in Psychology and History.