Edward F. Sheehan

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Edward F. Sheehan
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Born(1958-06-18)June 18, 1958
Weymouth, massachusetts
DiedMay 6, 2005(2005-05-06) (aged 46)
Silver Spring, Maryland
OccupationAthlete, Coach
Sport
SportRunning
ClubBoston Running Club, Boston Athletic Association
Updated on 18 March 2015.

Edward "Ed" F. Sheehan Jr. (June 18, 1958 – May 6, 2005) was an elite athlete and coach, a native and longtime resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts, was head coach of the Boston Athletic Association, qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials in 1980 and 1984, and twice finished in the top 15 in the Boston Marathon (1980 and 1982). [1] [2]

Weymouth, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Weymouth is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, one of 13 Massachusetts municipalities that city forms of government while retaining "town of" in their official names. It is named after Weymouth, Dorset, a coastal town in England, and is the second-oldest settlement in Massachusetts. It is one of the South Shore's more affordable towns and offers a short commute into Boston, MBTA bus and rail service, and a town beach.

Massachusetts State of the United States of America

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of Massachusetts's population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) is a non-profit, running-focused, organized sports association for the Greater Boston area. The B.A.A. hosts such events as the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K, the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the B.A.A. Distance Medley, and the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

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Early life

He graduated from Boston College High School in 1975 and then enrolled at Harvard University, starting out as a pre-med student but changing his major to philosophy. At Harvard, Mr. Sheehan was a standout in cross-country and track and field, holding several university records. [3] [4] He graduated from Harvard in 1979, when he began competing for the BAA, and stayed on to earn his master's in psychology in 1981.

Boston College High School

Boston College High School is an all-male, Jesuit, Roman Catholic, college preparatory secondary school founded in 1863 with historical ties to Boston College. It has an enrollment in grades 7-12 of approximately 1,600 students and is located on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus on Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Harvard University private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Career

He began his collegiate coaching at Troy State, where he fielded the college's first women's cross-country program. In 1984, he returned to Harvard to coach cross-country and track and field, coaching athletes who attained All-American status. After coaching at Harvard, he coached at the Boston Running Club before joining the Boston Athletic Association in 1994.

Troy University university in Alabama

Troy University is a comprehensive public university that is located in Troy, Alabama, United States. It was founded on February 26, 1887 as Troy State Normal School within the Alabama State University System by an Act of the Alabama Legislature. It is the flagship university of the Troy University System. Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Mr. Sheehan's personal best in a marathon was 2:13:46, in the 1982 Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Alabama. [5] He was a two-time runner-up in the USA Track & Field-New England Road Race Grand Prix Series in 1992 and 1993.

He died of a heart attack May 6, 2005, while running with his wife in Silver Spring, Maryland, at the age of 46.

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References

  1. "Obituary: Edward Sheehan, BAA Head Coach And Top Marathoner, 47". Boston Globe. 2005-05-06.
  2. "Boston top results".
  3. "Harvard Men's Cross Country Records" (PDF).
  4. "Harvard Men's Outdoor Track Records" (PDF).
  5. "Rocket City Marathon, Huntsville AL/USA, Race Winners".