|Title:||Head Cross Country Coach|
Ben Raphelson joined the Huntingdon College staff in the summer of 2012 as the head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant men's and women's track and field coach.
Raphelson came to Huntingdon from Williams College, where he was an assistant coach for one season. During the cross country season, he helped lead the men's and women's teams to conference titles, a regional championship on the men's side and a regional runner-up finish on the women's side. Both teams finished in the top six at the NCAA Championships, with the women placing third and the men sixth. Raphelson worked with two All-Americans at Williams, including one NCAA individual champion.
During the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, he served as interim head distance coach and helped guide 13 athletes to all-region honors during the indoor season. Six Williams athletes finished with Top-25 NCAA marks. The Williams women's team won the Indoor and Outdoor Division III New England Championships.
Before joining the staff at Williams, Raphelson coached for two seasons at Smith College, where he earned his Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies in 2011. He served as an assistant cross country coach in 2009 and an assistant track and field coach in 2010 and 2011. During the 2010 cross country season, Raphelson was the interim co-head coach. That season, Smith finished third in the NEWMAC championships behind two nationally ranked teams.
Raphelson got his start in coaching as an assistant track and field coach at Grinnell College in 2008 and 2009, where he helped his athletes to seven conference championships and one NCAA provisional mark.
Raphelson competed in cross country and track and field at Grinnell and earned his B.A. in History in 2008.
Raphelson is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has USATF Level 1 and Level 2 (Endurance) certification.