Assistant Coach of Men's/Women's Cross Country & Track & Field
Ben Raphelson joins the Williams Cross Country (and track) staff
in 2011-2012. He comes to Williams from Smith College (Northampton,
MA), where he earned a Master's degree in Exercise and Sports
Studies while coaching with the cross country and track & field
teams for the two years. Raphelson served as interim head coach
with the cross country team in the fall of 2010 while the head
coach was on maternity leave. While at Smith, he also worked as
course instructor, teaching classes on physical conditioning.
Prior to Smith, Raphelson coached at his alma mater, Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) for two years, where he was in charge of the men's and women's distance and middle-distance groups. He graduated from Grinnell in 2008 with a B.A. in history.
Raphelson grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He holds a USATF Level-2 endurance certification.
He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), having earned the credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the summer of 2011.