Cross Country

Under the direction of Head Coach Bob Stark ’64 since 1968, the Cross Country program at Brother Rice has consistently produce excellent student-athletes.  Stark, along with Assistant Coach Denny King ’64, have been mainstays at the school as coaches and teachers.  They bring an Alumni prospective to coaching to make sure that they are developing the young men’s soul, body and mind.  Over the last 40 years, no other program has qualified for the state meet, as a team, than Brother Rice.

Cross Country alumni have gone on to significantly impact prestigious programs throughout the nation.  Individual honors include the school’s first individual state champion, Pat Davey ‘74 who captured the state title his senior year.  He went on to run for the University of Tennessee and the United States Junior Team.  John Cowan ‘91 was a two time state champion before running for The University of Notre Dame.  More recent success includes John Black ’05 who was the state runner up his senior year before running for The University of Michigan and Michael Murphy ’09 who has been an All-Ivy runner for Columbia University.


Bob Stark ‘64: Stark is a member of the school’s first graduating class. After receiving his degree from the University of Notre Dame, he returned to Brother Rice in 1968 and has taught math and coached Cross Country and Track & Field since. Stark has been named Catholic High School League Man of the Year in 2006 and was the distinguished honoree at the Oakland Country Track Meet in 2008.  He is an inaugural member of the Brother Rice Athletic Hall of Fame and is also a member of the CHSL Hall of Fame.

Denny King ‘64: Also a member of Brother Rice’s inaugural graduating class of 1964, King is one of the longest tenured faculty members in the school. For more than forty years he’s served as a teacher in the Brother Rice’s History Department, and been a mainstay with Bob Stark ’64 as a coach with Rice’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs. Mr. King has also been inducted into the Brother Rice High School Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any member of the school community.

Dan Macarville: A teach and coach at Brother Rice since 1997, Dan has coached JV Golf, freshman baseball, track and cross country.  This is his 7th year with the cross country program and he also teaching in the language department at Brother Rice.


Date Day Opponent Venue Time
8/23 FRI Redhawk Early Bird Invitational Firefighter Park 4:45PM
8/30 FRI Golden Grizzly Invitational Oakland University 9:45AM
9/7 SAT Brother Rice / West Bloomfield Invitational Kensington 10:30AM
9/14 SAT Holly Invitational Springfield Oaks 12 NOON
9/16 MON Orchard Lake St. Mary Hess-Hathaway 4:30PM
9/21 SAT Linden Invitational Linden HS 12:30PM
9/27 FRI Waterford Mott Cross Country Classic Hess-Hathaway 3:30PM
9/30 MON U of D / DeLaSalle Kensington 4:30PM
10/4 FRI Team Picture B'Ham Linden Park 9:00AM
10/5 SAT Oakland County Championship Kensington 10:30AM
10/7 MON Catholic Central Kensington 4:30PM
10/11 FRI Oxford Invitational Oxford Hills CC 4:45PM
10/19 SAT Catholic League Championship Kensington 9:30AM
10/21 MON Rochester Frosh-Soph Invitational Bloomer Park RH 4:30PM
10/26 SAT State Regional Hess-Hathaway 10:30AM
11/2 SAT State Championship M.I.S (Brooklyn) 3:00PM