About the Team
The Crusader Cross Country team is centered behind the belief that all athletes can work hard and improve, all athletes contribute to the success of the team, and all athletes experience the feeling of accomplishment brought about by personal and team success. This philosophy of the coaches and the team have lead the Morris Catholic teams to state championships in recent years.
Kate McAndrew - State Champion
Kevin Mulligan - 6th Place in the State Championship
About the Coaches
Mike O'Brien, Head Coach
Entering his 11th season as head coach at Morris Catholic, Mike has also coached track at Morristown High School and Madison High School. Coach O'Brien is a firm believer in Catholic education; all of his children graduated from St. Cecilia's in Rockaway, then attended Morris Catholic. His older daughter, Cathy, was a County Champion at Morris Catholic, then competed for the University of Notre Dame.
Mary Christian, Girls' Head Coach & Assistant Head Coach
Entering her second season with the Morris Catholic Cross Country program, Coach Christian previously coached track at Mount Olive High School. She is a lifelong runner and marathoner who ran for Providence College (B.A., M.B.A), still runs competitively, and enjoys running with the Morris Catholic team. Coach Christian is an English teacher at Morris Catholic and lives in Flanders. She and her husband John have three daughters, Mariah, Sara, and Allie, who are also runners, competing at Marist, Bucknell, and Holy Cross, respectively.