Meet the Coaches

img_5521Ryan Kerrigan started his coaching career as soon as he could ride the bus with his dad Harwood Union High School coach John Kerrigan. You could say coaching is in his blood…

Showing promise in cross country skiing, Ryan found his way to Green Mountain Valley School in Fayston Vermont and trained under the tutelage of Norwegian coach Jon Arne Enevoldsen. At GMVS Ryan gained racing experience on the New England, National and European racing circuits.

Ryan eventually made tracks to the University of Vermont where he competed for 4 years on the varsity ski team and graduated with a degree in Psychology with a focus in exercise science and a minor in German. Since graduating Ryan has seen multiple marathon podiums and been New England Marathon Series Champion.

Ryan’s latest exploits are in Ultra Trail Running. He recently completed his first 100 mile journey at the VT 100 and did so under 24 hours. He also completed The Harricana in Quebec which included 125 technical kilometers through the Boreal Forest and 12,000 ft of vertical gain.

Seeing potential in the central vermont ski racing community Ryan co-founded VTXC with Robyn Anderson in 2009. VTXC junior athletes have achieved state, new england and national recognition in cross country running.

Ryan enjoys long runs, loud music, coffee and napping. His spirit animal is a labrador retriever.


John Kerrigan hJohn Kerriganas been a biology, earth science and physiology teacher and a coach at Harwood for 38 years. During that time he has had many notable achievements. He has been a two-time runner-up for Vermont Biology Teacher of the year and Harwood’s Teacher of the year twice. In the year 2000, the National Federation of Cross Country Coaches recognized Kerrigan as National Girl’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.


Kerrigan-coached teams have amassed 40 Vermont state titles, 22 of which have been in cross country, making him arguably the most successful scholastic coach in Vermont and possibly in New England. In April of 2015, the Vermont legislature honored Kerrigan for his outstanding achievements and dedication to the students of Harwood. He was recognized for “his unique ability to empathize with young athletes.”

Kerrigan has had many years of experience hiking and backpacking throughout New England and the U.S. but especially in his home state of Vermont. Kerrigan’s international adventures include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.