|College:||Dickinson '04 / Canisius '05|
|Major:||B.A. - International Business and Management / M.S. - Sport Administration|
In the past two seasons Gregory Lott has reinvigorated the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's and women's cross country and track & field programs. After taking the helm in July 2010, the Mariners have seen their highest finishes across the board since joining the Landmark Conference. Coach Lott has pieced together an exceptional coaching staff, including a full-time assistant and multiple part-time assistants. The outdoor track facility has received a complete overhaul giving the Mariners one of the area’s best tracks around.
All aspects of the program have seen drastic improvements. In Lott’s first season, he led a significant turnaround with the indoor track program. Both the men and women saw an 11-fold improvement in their point output as the men vaulted from last place to 3rd overall. Lott was awarded the 2011 Landmark Conference Indoor Coach of the year for his efforts. The 2012 track season saw Merchant Marine significantly improve the point total once again as the men has proved themselves to be a contender within the conference coming just three points away from a second place finish. Athletes under his direction are literally re-writing the record books as 49 Academy Records (10 on the men’s side and 39 on the women’s) have already gone down in just two seasons. Landmark Champions have been crowed in Men’s High Jump, Men’s Long Jump, Men’s 100m, Men’s 200m, Men’s 400m and in the Men’s 4x400m relay. The Mariners crowned their first ever female Landmark Conference Champion in 2012 when Tara Mulligan won the Hammer Throw. Two Freshmen, Tomas Sanchez and Chris Cook, were named ALL-ECAC in the 2012 Indoor Track season for their “Top 8” performances in the 500m (1:05.52) and the Long Jump (22’4.5”) at the Eastern Conference Athletic Championships (ECAC), both of which were Academy Records. Chris Cook was also named Landmark Conference Newcomer of the Year. Success at the ECACs continued outdoors with Chris Cook (LJ – 7.09m, 23’4”) and Kevin Stapf (JT – 59.08m, 193’10”) earning All-ECAC honors. The men’s 4x400m relay also garnered All-ECAC honors en route to breaking the Landmark Conference Record with a time of 3:18.83. In Cross Country both the men and women were crowned Maritime Cup Champions in Lott’s first season. The 2011 season saw an influx of talent as five of the “Top 7” on the women’s side and seven of the “Top 10” on the men’s side were Freshmen. Both programs improved conference and regional finishes in 2011.
The teams’ success has continued in the classroom and regiment as well. In the past two years, members of the team have been both the Senior Class President and the class Valedictorian. In addition to earning more Academic Star Awards at the Academy than any other program over the same span, team members have won several other major academic awards (Julie Berke Achievement Award, Thomas LeBlanc Scholar Athlete Award (twice), and the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award). The Men’s Cross Country program was also awarded the Dean’s Award for the highest team GPA. Additional major team awards at the Academy over the past two years include the Julie Burke Female Athlete of the Year Award and the CPT Perry Walter Team Advisor of the Year.
Before coming to Kings Point, Lott was the Assistant Coach for
Sprints, Relays and the Pole Vault for both the men's and women's
track and field squads at the United States Military Academy. While
at West Point, he also served as Recruiting Coordinator for the
cross country and track & field programs. Lott coached West
Point athletes to several impressive feats. Hallie Huggins and Kaci
Clark broke Academy records in the Pole Vault six times culminating
in a jump of 12’2”. Ebony Thomas broke a Patriot
Conference Championship Meet record five times and set an Academy
record in the Indoor 200m, running at a clip of 24.50 seconds. The
West Point men’s 4x100m relay team was conference champion in
2009 and 2010 coming just .01 seconds off the Patriot League
Championship Meet Record with a time of 41.07. Overall, the men's
track & field team won three consecutive conference titles, had
an undefeated record against its arch-rival, Navy and won the 2010
All-Military Meet defeating Air Force, Navy, The Citadel, VMI,
USMMA and Coast Guard.
Prior to West Point, Lott spent two years running professionally under the tutelage of U.S. Olympic team coach Brooks Johnson. He competed on the European Circuit in the 200m and 400m and had Top-10 international finishes in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. In 2007, he ran a leg of the 4x400-meter relay for the U.S. team at The International Freedom and Friendship Games. Concurrent to his own racing, Lott orchestrated the pole-vaulting program at the National Training Center (NTC) in Clermont, Florida and coached five district champions, three regional champions and two state runner-up finishes at the high school level.
From 2005-06, Lott served as a graduate assistant coach at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. with a primary responsibility for the sprints, hurdles and relays. Athletes he coached achieved great heights with 39 personal best performances, 20 marks on the “Top-Five All-Time List” at Valpo and five school records. While at Valpo, Lott also completed coursework towards a Master of Business Administration degree.
Lott began his collegiate coaching career at Buffalo State College while completing his master’s degree in sport administration at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Working with the Bengal sprinters and hurdlers, he led Richard Harris to a first place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2005 Division III Outdoor National Championships, becoming the first track and field athlete at Buffalo State to win a national championship since 1986.
Lott earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Management from Dickinson College in 2004. He captained the Red Devils’ track and field team for two seasons and left Dickinson as one of the most-decorated athletes in school history. His accolades as a collegiate athlete include being named the Most Valuable Athlete on Dickinson's track team twice, being named the Most Outstanding Track & Field Athlete of the Centennial Conference twice, earning the 2004 McAndrew's Award (Most Outstanding Athlete at Dickinson College, representing all sports), winning the Joseph Ducharme Memorial Leadership Award for inspiring his team after coming back from a seemingly career-ending injury and being named the 2004 Mid-East Regional Athlete of the Year. Lott was a five event NCAA National Qualifier finishing as high as second in the nation at 200m, tabbing him an All-American.
Lott and his wife Melanie currently reside in Port Washington, NY.