Now in her 21st year at Stonehill, Karen Boen has brought the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs to national prominence with a resume unrivaled in the Northeast-10 Conference.
The women have captured 16 NE10 Championships, 14 NCAA East Regional titles, and have appeared in 18 NCAA Championships.
The men have won eight NE10 Championships, four NCAA East Regional titles, and appeared in 15 NCAA Championships.
The 2017 season, brought Boen her ninth-consecutive sweep of women’s NE10 Championships and her third-straight individual champion in Emily Knox ’18, who also took home her first All-America honor at the NCAA Championship. Boen wrapped up the 2016 season by coaching two-time NE10 Champion, Runner of the Year, East Regional Champion, and All-American Nicole Borofski '17. Borofski finished 19th at the NCAA Championship for the best finish in program-history, topping Kelly Chaisson’s 27th-place finish in 2006.
The 2017 men’s squad captured its first-ever New England Championship under the guidance of Boen and a sweep of all meets during the season, including appearing in its 15th-straight NCAA Division II Championships. The team posted a 16th-place finish, matching its ranking and recording its best finish since 2006.
For the first time in her storied career, Boen earned NE-10 Coach of the Year and East Region Coach of the Year honors on both the men's and women's sides, giving her four individual awards in 2013 in addition to the success of her teams. Senior captain Chelsea Bishop capped off Stonehill's 2013 campaign by becoming the fifth All-American performer in Stonehill women's cross country history following her 36th place finish at nationals in Spokane.
In 21 years at the helm of the women’s cross country program, Boen has developed seven women’s cross country All-Americans and many All-Conference and All-Region honorees, and has coached the last four out of six NE-10 Rookies of the Year. Boen’s 21 NE10 Coach of the Year awards are the most of any coach in the history of NE10 cross country, and she has also earned NCAA Division II East Region Coach of the Year honors 14 times.
Boen’s teams have also excelled academically, making 11 appearances on the NCAA Division II All-Academic Team, and consistently placing the majority of the team on the Stonehill Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
A 1979 graduate of Bridgewater State College with a degree in exercise physiology, Boen and her husband Carl reside in Stoughton and have three daughters, Courtney, Colleen, and Molly.
|1997||NE10 6th Place|
|1998||NE10 6th Place|
|1999||NE10 3rd Place|
|2000||NE10 7th Place|
|2001||NE10 4th Place|
|2003||NE10 Runner-up, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships|
|2004||NE10 Champions, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships, NE-10 Coach of the Year|
|2005||NE10 Champions, East Regionals Champions, NCAA Championships, NE-10 Coach of the Year|
|2006||NE10 Runner-up, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships|
|2007||NE10 Champions (tie), East Regionals Champions, NCAA Championships|
|2008||NE10 Runner-up, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships|
|2009||NE10 Champions, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships|
|2010||NE10 Runner-up, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships|
|2011||NE10 Champions, East Regionals Runner-up, NCAA Championships, NE-10 Coach of the Year|
|2012||NE10 Champions, East Regional 3rd Place, NCAA Championships, NE-10 Coach of the Year|
|2013||NE10 Champions, East Region Champions, NCAA Championships, NE-10 Coach of the Year, East Region Coach of the Year|
|2014||NE10 Runner-up, East Regional Runner-Up, NCAA Championships|
|2015||NE10 Runner-up, East Regional 3rd Place, NCAA Championships|
|2016||NE10 Runner-up, East Regional Runner-Up, NCAA Championships|
|2017||NE10 Champions, New England Champions, East Regional Champions, NCAA Championships, NE10 Coach of the Year, East Region Coach of the Year|