Co-captain of the 1993 men's cross country team and a four-year runner for the Saints in cross country and indoor and outdoor track, John Newman became the head coach of the men's cross country program in 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports studies in the spring of 1994 and his Master's Degree in education in 2001.
Newman has played a major role in the success of the men's cross country program which includes active streaks of 18 straight conference titles and five straight New York State Collegiate Track Conference championships. He guided St. Lawrence to the 2011 NCAA Regional Championship, the third in program history ('97 and '00) as well as the program's best finish at the NCAA Championship race in 2010, finishing third overall. Newman, a native of Canton, NY, has coached 10 All-Americans and 12 individual conference champions in cross country and was the Liberty League Cross Country Coach of the Year seven times (04, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11).
In track and field, his teams have won three NYSCTC indoor championships, back-to-back ECAC Indoor Championships and two Liberty League indoor championships during his tenure. The Saint men's team has had three All Americas including a national champion during his tenure.
Newman is a member of USA Track and Field and the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He was an honorary inductee into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) in the spring of 2011.
In addition to his coaching duties, Newman has previously served as the St. Lawrence Director of Intramurals and Recreation and started the NYSCTC web site in 2000. Newman has also served as the Atlantic Region Rankings Coordinator in 2004 and 2005. Prior to accepting his position as the assistant coach in 1994, he worked as a physical education teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School. John won the World Junior Championship for solo marathon canoe racing in Ottawa, ON in 1991 as well as the USCA Jr. National Ironman Canoe Triathlon Championship in Auburn, NY in 1990.
Newman lives in the town of Canton with his wife and two children and remains active in both the running and canoe-racing communities.