Adam Frye was named head coach of the men's and women's cross country and track & field programs during the summer of 2016.
Under his direction, the Lute men's cross country team finished runner-up at the 2016 Northwest Conference Championships, PLU's best finish since the 1998 season while Brad Hodkinson hoisted the NWC individual title, becoming the first Lute since 1997 to win the race. Hodkinson would go on to win the NCAA West Region title and secure All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Championships while being named the NWC and West Region Runner of the Year.
In addition to sucess on the cross country course, both the men's and women's teams secured the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award in 2016, both boasting a grade point average above a 3.0.
Frye joins the Lute staff after spending the previous year as the head girls cross country coach at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington. In addition, Frye served as an assistant coach for the Totems' boys and girls track & field programs, working with the throwing events.
Prior to Sammamish, Frye served two stints at Division III Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota with the cross country and track & field programs, first as an assistant from 2007 to 2009 before returning to the Pipers from 2012-2015. During his second stint, Frye was elevated to co-head coach for both the men's and women's cross country programs. Between stints at Hamline, Frye was an assistant from 2009-2012 at his alma mater Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
As a collegian, Frye served as team captain for both the cross country and track & field programs as a senior, helping the Norse win the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in cross country in 2006 along with a sixth place showing at the NCAA Division III Championships. Frye was also named the team's Most Improved in track & field during the 2015 season.
Frye graduated from Luther with a bachelor of arts in physical education and a minor in history and received a master of arts in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. He is a USATF level one certified coach and owns certification from the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy in program management, injury management, and sports psychology.