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Eastern Washington cross country coach Chris Shane leaves program

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017

Eastern Washington no longer has a cross country coach following the abrupt departure of Chris Shane earlier this week.

“We are in the midst of searching for a new cross country coach,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves, who would not say whether Shane was fired or resigned.

In a change from past coaching departures, the athletic department did not issue a press release following Shane’s departure.

Shane, who came to Eastern in 2015 from the University of San Francisco, coached the Eagles men’s and women’s cross country teams as well as distance runners in track and field.

Shane, 37, is the son of USTFCCCA Hall of Fame coach Patrick Shane, who led BYU to 19 NCAA titles before retiring in 2016.

Efforts to reach Shane through social media were unsuccessful. Men’s track and field head coach Stan Kerr and women’s track and field head coach Marcia Mecklenburg didn’t return phone calls requesting comment.

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