Palacio and Byrne both clock personal records at Mt. SAC Relays
Karen Boyle, who also serves as the head coach of the Navy women's cross country squad, enters her 28th year as an assistant track coach in 2014-15.
Navy has had a very successful distance team under Boyle's watch, highlighted by Marty Shue's title in the indoor 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division II Championship in 1991. Boyle has also coached two Division I All-Americans.
Boyle coached Kim McGreevey to All-America honors in 1995 in the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. In 2012, Boyle coached Jess Palacio to All-America honors in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Boyle helped mold Palacio into the greatest distance runner in Navy history. Palacio, a 2012 graduate, was a three-time NCAA East Regional Qualifier in addition to her All-America accolade. She was a four-time Patriot League Championship Track-Athlete of the Meet and won 11 Patriot League track and field titles. Palacio left Navy with eight school records.
Boyle has also stressed a focus on academics during her time at Navy. In 2012 Brigid Byrne earned Academic All-America honors and the Navy distance runners routinely appear on the Patriot League Honor Roll in large numbers.
Boyle has also enjoyed much success as Navy's cross country coach, guiding her teams to a 124-21 (.855) mark over her career.
During Boyle's tenure, seven Navy cross country runners have competed at the NCAA Division I Championship. Boyle's first national championship qualifier came in 1992 with Kerry O'Neill, followed by Jackie Hayes in 1995, Rebecca Cline in 1997, Melissa Foon in 2000, Amy Watson in 2008, Jess Palacio in 2011 and most recently Annie-Norah Beveridge in 2012. Boyle led the cross country team to the 2012 Patriot League Championship, her fourth since 2007 and the second in a row. Boyle has been named the Patriot League Cross Country Coach of the Year four times.
Boyle has led the Mids to significant honors on both the Division II (1987-1990) and Division I (1991-present) levels. In Navy's last-four years of Division II competition, Boyle coached the cross country team to three-straight undefeated seasons and four-consecutive top-five finishes in the NCAA Division II Championship, with five runners garnering All-America honors. Boyle was named Eastern Region Coach of the Year in three-straight seasons (1988-90).
Boyle guided the program into the Division I ranks in 1991, and the Mids immediately achieved success by capturing the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship in cross country. In 1997 and 2007, Boyle was named Navy's Fall Coach of the Year after she led Navy to an undefeated season. In 2007 and again in '08, she was recognized as the Patriot League Coach of the Year.
In 1995, Boyle was selected as team leader for the USA Ekiden International Marathon in Beijing, China. She was also selected to help rewrite the level I track & field certification curriculum at the USA Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 1999, she received her C.S.C.S. certification as a nationally accredited certified strength and conditioning specialist. The summer of 2001 saw Boyle serve as an assistant track & field coach for Team USA in the Deaf Track & Field World Games, held in Rome, Italy.
Boyle, a 1979 graduate of Bowling Green, received her degree in physical education and earned her master's degree in athletic administration and recreation from her alma mater in 1982. Athletically, she competed in both track and lacrosse, specializing in the 400 and 4x400-meter relay on the track and was a leading scorer for the Falcons' lacrosse squad.
Her coaching career began at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where she coached the women's cross country and track & field teams from 1984-86, developing two national champions and nine All-Americans. Boyle is a tenured professor in the Naval Academy's Physical Education Department, teaching personal conditioning, rock climbing, kayaking and triathlon training. Boyle also participates in road races and triathlons.
Administratively, Boyle served as the president of the NCAA Division I Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (1999-2001), as well as a committee member on the USA Track & Field Coaching Education Board and the United States Track Coaches Association Long Distance Advisory Board.