Aug 13, 2013
DENTON, Texas -
North Texas track and field head coach Carl Sheffield announced the hiring of Stefanie Slekis as the new Mean Green cross country coach.
"Stefanie is a terrific young addition to our staff," Sheffield said. "Her credentials as a collegiate runner and her involvement with outstanding programs will definitely help us continue to build the tradition of North Texas distance running."
Slekis spent the 2012-13 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Florida State's women's cross country and distance track program. During 2011-12, she served as a graduate assistant coach for the distance group at McNeese State, while completing her master's degree at Arizona State.
In her undergraduate career, she competed for Syracuse University cross country and track & field teams and she was a three-time Big East all-academic student-athlete, earning the Athletic Director's honor-roll award all eight semesters.
Throughout her collegiate career, Slekis earned All-Big East honors twice as a senior, finishing eighth in the 3000-meters during the indoor season and fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the outdoor season. Stefanie stood eighth in the NCAA East Region in steeplechase (10:20.68) and was a regional qualifier in the 10,000M (34:52.12).
Her successful career started at Forest Park High School, where she earned 15 all-state honors in cross country and track.
"It is a privilege to join the Mean Green athletic family at such an exciting time as we enter Conference USA," Slekis said. "We have a strong group of athletes returning for cross country and we are welcoming several newcomers who can immediately contribute to the success of the program. Coach Sheffield has a strong vision for the track and field and cross country program at North Texas and I look forward to developing distance athletes that can be a dominant force in C-USA and on the national level."