Helen Lehman-Winters Joins Oregon's Coaching Staff

Helen Lehman-Winters Joins Oregon's Coaching Staff

Helen Lehman-Winters, formerly of San Francisco, will join the distance staff at the University of Oregon.

Jul 23, 2018 by Kevin Sully

San Francisco’s Helen Lehman-Winters is joining the University of Oregon as an associate head coach, adding another high-profile name to the staff. 

Last week, the Ducks named Virginia Tech's Ben Thomas as an associate head coach.

Lehman-Winters spent the last 15 years coaching the women's team at San Franciso. The program hit a high mark the past two seasons when they finished sixth in 2016 and second in 2017 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Charlotte Taylor, Weronika Pyzik and Isabelle Brauer all earned All-American honors in the 2017 version of the race where the Dons finished just 15 points behind high-powered New Mexico. Outdoors, Taylor placed fifth in the 10,000 and 11th in the 5000m.

"She is a seasoned, smart, talented and proven coach, and a relentless recruiter,” Oregon head coach Robert Johnson said of Lehman-Winters.

Oregon is returning an exceptionally strong women's cross country team with four of the top five from last year's squad set to come back for 2018. In 2017, the Ducks placed fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

"I can't wait to get to work, meet the student-athletes, start recruiting and begin the process of contributing to a championship program," Lehman-Winters said.