Kevin Clancy enters his first year as the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach for UC Merced. Clancy comes to Merced most recently from his alma mater, UNC Pembroke where he was the Assistant Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs for the past year.
Clancy helped lead the 2012 UNCP Women’s Cross Country team qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time in school history. The team also set five new school records (indoor mile, 3000m, 5000m, distance medley relay and 4x800m relay) for Pembroke. He also helped lead the 2013 UNCP Men’s Track and Field team to a second place finish at the Peach Belt Conference Championships.
Before becoming an assistant coach, he was a two year volunteer coach for the Federal Way Track Club which included implementing workouts and management during track meets.
A South Hill, Washington native Clancy ran for four years as part of the cross country and track and field teams at UNC Pembroke while obtaining his Bachelors of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2011.
While at UNCP as a student-athlete, Clancy was selected to the Men’s Cross Country Second Team All-Peach Belt Conference in 2010 and lettered all four years. During his senior year he made it to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championships.
Clancy’s accomplishments spread beyond his sport to his education as he was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll, UNCP’s Outstanding Male Scholar Award in 2010, the UNCP Chancellor’s Academic List (three years) as well as a member of teams achieving the PBC All-Academic Team Award (three-consecutive years), and the Division II Cross Country All-Academic Team. During his final year, Clancy was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, and was awarded the UNCP Cross Country Coach’s Award, Braves Club Academic Award, and a two-time winner of the UNCP Chancellors Academic Award.
Clancy maintains a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coaching certificate.
Jeff Porto Jr. is in his third season as the assistant men's and women's cross country coach at UC Merced.
The Cal Poly graduate looks forward to continuing to bring his experience at the NCAA level to UC Merced to help build a strong distance program. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in History and a master's in Public Policy.
Porto competed in four seasons of cross country and three in track at Cal Poly as a walk-on in both sports. He continued to improve each year and had a breakout season as a senior, in 2004, where he was consistently a top-five scorer for the Mustangs, who were ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation and finished 10th at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. That same year, Porto was all-region at the NCAA D-I West Region Championships, All-Conference at the Big West Cross Country Championships and helped lead Cal Poly to its fifth conference title in seven years. He also ran a career best 24 minutes and 23 seconds in the 8,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, when the course still had hills.
In the 2004 track season, as a junior, Porto won the 10,000 meters at the Big West Conference Championships with a career best of 30:36. He also placed seventh in the 5,000 meters the next day, scoring 12 points to help Cal Poly to a second-place finish in the conference. During his career at Cal Poly, Porto also earned Big West Conference All-Academic honors five times and was a two-time Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship recipient.
Porto grew up in the small town of Grayson in Stanislaus County and graduated from Modesto High School in the International Baccalaureate program. He lettered in cross country and track all four years and won two Central California Conference titles — one in cross country and one in the 3,200 meters in track. He also led Modesto to its first ever team appearance at the CIF cross country state meet.
Porto is also the Director of Development, Student Affairs and Athletics at UC Merced.
Ivy Price a former cross country and track and field participant from Corinth, Mississippi graduated from Mississippi College with her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Price attended Corinth High School where she made the All-State Cross Country team her senior year. She also was a bronze medalist in pole vault her last two years of high school. Price helped her team to their first ever cross country and track and field championship, while winning four state finals in cross country and two state titles in track and field.
After high school Price continued her cross country and track career at Mississippi College. She made the American Southwest Conference Cross Country team her freshman and sophomore year. Price also made the All-Conference team her freshman, junior, and senior year for cross country, and her sophomore and senior year for track and field. During Price’s senior year she was named the Sportsmanship Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Price now continues her cross country career as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Cross Country team as she attends UC Merced to achieve her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. She looks to encourage and help student athletes become the best runners and people they can be.