In her 26th year at the helm of the Navy women's cross country team, Karen Boyle led the Mids to their second consecutive Patriot League championship and fourth in the last six seasons. The Mids posted a perfect 7-0 record in 2012, including a second straight win over Army, as Boyle was again named Patriot League Coach of the Year. In 26 years has Navy's head coach, Boyle has guided her teams to a 130-21 (.861) record.
Navy finished in the top 10 in each of its first five meets of the season, including again winning annual Salty Dog Invitational. After defeating Army, 20-40, the Mids sailed to their second consecutive Patriot League title. Also for the second consecutive year, a Mid claimed the league's individual crown as Annie-Norah Beveridge took first place overall. Like Patriot League champion Jess Palacio in 2011, Beveridge also went on to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors and receive a bid to compete in the NCAA Championships.
During Boyle's tenure, seven Navy 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, Palacio in 2011 and Beveridge in 2012.
In 2011 Jess Palacio had one of the best years ever by a Navy cross country runner. She placed first in four meets, including at the Patriot League Championship, and earned her second consecutive All-Mid Atlantic Region honor.
Boyle guided the Mids to a pair of invitational titles in 2010 as Navy finished first at both the Lehigh Invitational and the Great American Festival. Palacio won four individual titles in the fall of `10 and became a first-team All-Patriot League honoree by placing third at the conference championship.
In 2007, Boyle led Navy to a share of its first Patriot League championship, before claiming the title outright in 2008. Boyle was named Patriot League Coach of the Year on both occasions.
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 Mids 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 1997 and 2007, Boyle was named Navy's Fall Coach of the Year after she led Navy to an undefeated season.
As a coach with the track team, she guided Marty Shue to a title in the indoor 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championship.
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.