Aileen Hoak is entering her sixth season as the cross country men and women’s assistant coach. Before securing her coaching position, Hoak was a two-year graduate assistant while working toward her master’s degree in Differentiated Instruction.
Hoak currently competes in local road races in the Western New York area. She has recently set a personal best in the 5k in a time of 17:12. This year she beat out a field of just under 2,000 women to win the 8k Shamrock run with a time of 29:27. In 2011 she trained for and competed in the Buffalo and Chicago Marathons, posting times of 2:56, and 2:53 respectively.
In her time at Canisius, Hoak ran four years of cross country and two years of track. Her final best time in the 5000 meter race was a 17:26. In her junior year, Hoak made the women's basketball team as a walk on. In addition, Hoak rowed for the Canisius Women’s Club Team as a senior.
During her senior season, Hoak against earned the top runner spot for Canisius in all seven races. She finished third at the Little Three Championships in East Aurora, N.Y., and took first in duals against Niagara and Siena. In the Blue and Gold’s dual against Syracuse, Hoak came in third. In her last competitive showing for Canisius, Hoak earned 11th place at the MAAC Championships, held in Orlando, Fla.
In 2003 as a junior, Hoak finished as the team’s top runner in every race. She took top honors at the Little Three Invitational in Olean, N.Y. for the second time in three years. At the Orange Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., she placed fifth overall with a time of 20:13. Hoak placed 14th in the MAAC Championships in Van Cortland Park in Riverdale, N.Y.
In 2002 Hoak finished second at the Little Three Championships. She placed 43rd at the National Catholic Championships in South Bend, Ind., and had a 60th place finish at the Salty Dog Invite in Annapolis, Md.
Hoak began her Canisius running career in 2001 with a top spot at the Little Three Championships, held in Delaware Park. She placed third in the LeMoyne Invitational, and took a 15th place spot at the Detroit Invitational to round out her freshman year.