Stan Rosenthal enters his 12th year as head cross country coach at South Carolina. Rosenthal also coaches the distance runners during track and field season and was instrumental in helping the South Carolina women's team to its twelfth consecutive NCAA indoor top-12 finish in 2009.
The past four seasons, the Gamecock women's team has been ranked in the NCAA Southeast Region top 15. During the past several years, the distance runners have also done well on the track. Dani Barnes was a NCAA qualifier in the mile in 2009, while Beatrice Biwott was the Southeastern Conference champion in the steeplechase in 2010 with a school record and also qualified for the NCAA Track Championships in 2009, 2010 & 2011. As freshmen in 2011, Scola Jepgnetich ran a 2:10 in the 800-meter run and Penny Boswell improved her time in the 5K from 19:20 to 17:49.
The South Carolina cross country team has also performed well in the classroom, receiving USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team honors last season for the 10th consecutive time of coach Rosenthal's tenure with a No. 13 national ranking. In 2008, the Gamecocks were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA with a team cumulative GPA of 3.76, which was the highest of all 340 Division I teams.
Shay Shelton added to Rosenthal's total of SEC champions by claiming the indoor league crown in the 800 in 2006. Rosenthal coached Jenny Lake to a record-breaking 3,000-meter performance at the SEC Indoor Championship in 2006. Lake, who ran 9:41, broke the school indoor record she set in 2003 with a fourth-place finish. Rosenthal also coached the DMR team to a second-place finish at the SEC Championships.
In 2002, South Carolina's women finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and won the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Championships, giving the Gamecocks their first national team title in any sport. Additionally, Rosenthal oversaw the men's sprint medley relay team that was ranked No. 1 in the USA and NCAA that year, while his 2006 women's squad accomplished the same feat with a No. 1 ranking in the sprint medley relay.
Prior to joining the South Carolina staff, Rosenthal was the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at UNC Asheville. During his seven-year tenure, the women won four Big South Conference Cross Country Championships. In the three years the women did not win, UNC Asheville finished as runner-up. The men's cross country team was Big South Conference runner-up in three of his last four years.
Rosenthal's runners have achieved success from the conference level to the world championship level. Two of his freshmen runners earned spots on the USA Junior Team and competed in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where they placed 40th and 43rd, respectively. Five other runners competed in the USA Olympic trials. Many of his runners have qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships. During his seven years as a high school coach in Virginia, two runners qualified for the Foot Locker/Kinney National Cross Country Championships.
Rosenthal has served on several USA international coaching staffs. He coached on three USA staffs for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and was a coach at the USA Olympic Festival. In 2001, he was appointed to the NCAA Track and Field Committee. As a member of the Executive Committee for the Women's Cross Country Coaches Association, Rosenthal acted as the Southeast Region representative. he earned USA Track and Field Level I and II certifications for the endurance events.
Academic success is very important to Rosenthal. Jenny Lake was named 2005 USC Scholar Athlete of the Year, a McWhorter Scholar and the recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. The first-team academic All-American graduated with a 4.0 GPA in mathematics and with honors from South Carolina's Honors College.
Seven other athletes were selected as Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year during his coaching career. Many have later earned graduate level degrees, including three who are currently in medical school and three others who are in PT School.
In addition to his coaching stint at UNC-Asheville, Rosenthal coached at Long Beach State, Georgia, South Alabama and was a graduate assistant coach at Tennessee. He also coached at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Va., and Spotsylvania, Va., where he started his coaching career in 1976. Coach Rosenthal earned his master's degree in education from Tennessee in 1983. His undergraduate degree came from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1975, where he majored in history and elementary education. While at IUP, he was a four-year varsity letter winner. In 1973 he competed in the six-mile run at Nationals. He was a member of two national qualifying cross country teams for IUP in 1970 and 1972.