Shannon Lieder is in her fifth year as head coach of women's cross country and assistant coach on the track and field staff. Lieder, a former student-athlete at Fresno State from 1989-92, works with the women's cross country team as well as the distance runners on the track team.
Last year Lieder coached the women's cross country team to one of its most successful seasons in Bulldog history. Fresno State placed fifth in the WAC, jumping three spots from 2002's eighth place finish.
Top runner Kara June earned first-team all-WAC for her sixth place performance at the championships. June was the first Bulldog to earn the honor since 1997. The Bulldogs also qualified the entire team to the NCAA Regional where they took 18th out of 31 teams.
In her three years coaching, Fresno State had eighth and seventh place finishes at the WAC Championships. She also coached June, a cross country and track athlete, to a USATF Junior National Championship in the 2,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 6:51.43 during the track season.
Lieder, an All-American in the 800 meters, still holds Fresno State records for the 800 meters (2:07.03) and the 1,500 meters (4:24.68). She also ranks ninth on the Fresno State women's all-time 5,000 meters list in cross country.
Lieder assisted former coach Red Estes as a cross-country manager for two years and she also ran for the Reebok Aggies.
Lieder earned a masters degree in kinesiology and was a member of Strategic Planning Committee in which she worked closely with Fresno State President, Dr. John Welty, regarding Title IX issues.