Chris Compson – Owner/Coach – Endangered Endurance Running Co.
Mendon Cross Country & Outdoor Track – Head Coach
Coach Chris Compson has been with the Mendon XC and TF program since spring 2014. Prior to joining the Mendon program, Coach Compson spent 6 years coaching in Fayetteville-Manlius under legendary coach Bill Aris, where seventeen of his former athletes went on to win national titles in cross country. Once joining Mendon, Coach Compson led the boys’ and girls’ teams to Section V titles in cross country (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and the boys’ NYS Class B Championship (2014, 2015) and NYS State runners-up (2016, 2017), as well as coaching the individual NYS Class B male champion (2016, 2017). For these efforts, Coach Compson was named the Section V Class B and All-Greater Rochester Boys’ Coach of the Year for cross country (2014, 2015). On the track, Coach Compson helped coach the Girls’ team to four consecutive Section V Class A titles (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and the highest Boys’ finish since 1978 (2nd – 2015, 2017). Coach Compson has run competitively for over 20 years, competing at the state, national, and international level. He has twice run the Boston Marathon, was the top American finisher at the 2013 MVP Toronto Marathon, and was the 2015 Reston Marathon Champion. Coach Compson is a USATF registered coach, and a NFHS Accredited Interscholastic coach. He believes that “running offers an opportunity for all athletes, of all levels, to see improvement and development. Running teaches us to focus on process more than product.”
Coach Dougherty has been the head Indoor (Co-ed) & Outdoor (Women) coach for 13 years. He has been coaching for 15 years. During his time in Pittsford he has won 8 Sectional Championships with the Women’s Outdoor team, and 2 Indoor Championship with the Women’s team. Additionally, he has coached many individual sectional champions. He won Democrat and Chronicle Coach of the Year award in 2011. He proudly states that it was the hard work and dedication of the track staff, athletes and specifically the teaching of Jason DeJoy that helped him achieve that success. He comes from a winning track & field tradition in high school where he won 4 team sectional championships and a one individual shield in pole vault. He still holds his high school record in pole vault as well. He was a college athlete in both Track & Field and Football. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Special Education and a Masters in Literacy Education. He has earned his Administration Certificate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. When he is not coaching Track & Field or Modified B (7th & 8th Grade) Football, you will find him at home with his 7 or more children and his very patient wife.