Liz Wort is entering her second season as head coach of the TCU cross country program and assistant coach of the track and field team. Wort came to Fort Worth after serving as an assistant coach at Duke University.
TCU's cross country program benefitted greatly from Wort's background in her first season in charge. The women's cross country squad finished 11th at the South Central Regional, and will be ranked even higher entering the 2012 cross country campaign.
Agnes Kemboi has benefitted greatly from Wort's work. Already TCU's star female cross country and distance runner, Kemboi took the next step in her progression. She finished third at the Mountain West Championships, earned All-South Central Region honors and became the first female TCU runner to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 2004.
Wort's quality work with the distance group transitioned to the track and field season with Kemboi setting the school record in the indoor 3,000-meter run. She also helped lead Kelly Dawson and Tricia Terry to strong seasons in 2012.
Wort joined TCU after spending four years at Duke University as an assistant coach for cross country and track and field.
"We are very excited to have a young, enthusiastic person on our staff that worked in a full-time role with a high-level distance program at Duke," track and field head coach Darryl Anderson said at the time of Wort's hiring.
"As we went through the process of hiring for this position, it became clear that Liz is one of the young up-and-coming stars in the distance coaching field," Anderson continued. "We are very fortunate to get somebody that has had that kind of experience to help move our program to where we envision it to be."
Under Wort's tutelage, Duke sophomore Juliet Bottorff ran to an NCAA Championship in the women's 10,000 meters in 2011, becoming the first outdoor women's champion in Blue Devils history. Bottorff, Cydney Ross and Kate Van Buskirk all earned All-America status in Des Moines, Iowa.
In her four seasons as a member of the Duke coaching staff, Wort helped produce a 2011 NCAA Champion and her cross country teams finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Championships in three of her four years on staff.
Wort was instrumental in guiding Duke's 2010 women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships after the team captured its third NCAA Southeast Region title in program history.
Wort was a member of the Duke coaching staff since 2007 after completing a stellar running career as a Blue Devil. She was a three-time All-American and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2007 Pan-American Games. Wort was a member of the Duke cross country team that won an ACC title and finished second overall at the NCAA Championships.