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Former Jesuit star Biladeau joining FSU staff
Posted Apr 22, 2012 by Bill Ward
Updated Apr 22, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Former Jesuit High and University of Virginia distance running standout Andy Biladeau, who coached one season of cross country at his prep alma mater last fall, has accepted a graduate assistant position on the coaching staff of Florida State University.
Biladeau will be joining former University of South Florida coach and Chamberlain High graduate Bob Braman at FSU. Since 2003, Braman has headed up the men’s and women’s track and cross country teams for the Seminoles and has guided the men’s track squad to seven straight ACC outdoor titles, three NCAA Division I national crowns and produced 34 individual national champions combined for men and women.
Biladeau, a six-time all-ACC performer at Virginia and a state cross country champion while at Jesuit, said his year teaching at Jesuit and working as an assistant to head cross country coach Greg Maurin awoke the coaching bug in him.
“I still like running but I discovered I like coaching a lot more than competing,” Biladeau said. “The opportunity to work with Bob at FSU while being able to pursue my MBA is just too attractive to pass up.”
Biladeau is a 2005 graduate of Jesuit and finished at Virginia in 2010. That was the year he finished fourth in the U.S. 5-kilometer championships to earn a spot on the U.S. squad for the annual International Chiba Ekiden, a marathon relay race in Japan.
He says he will be given a stipend at FSU, along with having his tuition costs covered for his MBA degree. He joins the Seminoles’ staff in June and will be working mostly with the distance runners, which this fall will see the addition of Chamberlain High star Max del Monte.