Stan Soper
Stan Soper
Title: Head Cross Country Coach
Phone: 540-654-1886
One of the top cross country and track & field coaches in the region for three decades, the University of Mary Washington’s Stan Soper has earned a lengthy list of accolades. A former distance runner at Frostburg State University, Soper has earned the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award in either men’s or women’s cross country 22 times, leading the two teams to a combined 25 conference titles. In track & field, Soper has led UMW to 23 CAC titles, including 17 for the women. In doing so, he has been named the conference track & field coach of the year 21 times. UMW won both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field titles in 1999-2000 and 2001-02.

A member of Frostburg’s athletic hall of fame, Soper has been at Mary Washington since 1984. During that time frame, UMW has had 47 All-America performers. Soper has coached six NCAA Championship-qualifying cross country teams, and has led UMW to a combined 48 conference titles in 23 years.

A full-time faculty member in Mary Washington’s health and physical education department, Soper spent four years serving on the NCAA Division III Cross Country/Track & Field committee. Soper earned his master’s degree in health and physical education from Frostburg in 1977, while assisting with the Bobcat cross country and track & field teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg in 1972, with a degree in physical education. He and his wife, Pam, live in Stafford.