Lawrence University - XC - Track & Field

Coaching Staff

Jason Fast | Head Coach

Jason Fast has turned the Lawrence University cross country team into one of the best in the Midwest Conference.

In only his third season as head coach of the Vikings, Lawrence captured the 2011 MIdwest Conference men’s championship and had the individual winner. Fast, who also serves an an assistant director of athletics at Lawrence, earned conference Coach of the Year honors in 2011.

Fast, a native of Menasha, Wis., came to Lawrence in July 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he served as an assistant cross country and track coach from January 2006-July 2009.

A 2004 graduate of UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in public administration, Fast brought to Lawrence a history of both athletic success as a runner and as a coach.

Fast, who has a Master’s degree in exercise and sport science/sport administration from UW-La Crosse, competed in cross country and track and field for the Titans and won conference, regional, and national honors. A team captain in cross country, Fast earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and All-Midwest Region honors. Fast ran on the 2002 NCAA Division III championship team and is one of only four UW-Oshkosh runners to be a part of three WIAC championship teams.

In track and field, Fast was a four-time All-WIAC honoree in the 5,000 meters, 3,000 meters, and 3,000 steeplechase. Fast also was a provisional qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 5,000 meters indoors and the 3,000 steeplechase.

As an assistant coach at UW-Oshkosh, Fast was part of the coaching staff that helped the Titan men’s track team win the 2009 indoor and outdoor NCAA Division III championships. During his time at UW-Oshkosh, the Titan men finished third at the NCAA indoor championships for three consecutive years (2006-08), and had two top-10 finishes outdoors. Fast assisted in coaching 15 national qualifiers, eight All-Americans, and one national champion at UW-Oshkosh. Fast also helped coach the UW-Oshkosh men’s cross country teams to two top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Fast and his wife, Kristy, have a son, Max, and live in Menasha.

Lisha Zill | Assistant Coach

Lisha Zill is breaking new ground as the first full-time assistant coach for the Lawrence men's and women's cross country and track and field programs. Zill, who has worked with the Lawrence track and field athletes since 2015, joined the staff on a full-time basis in July 2017.

"I am truly honored to continue my coaching career with Lawrence track and field and cross country," Zill said. "I am excited to grow the program and bring a national-caliber mindset to the programs every day."

Zill coached at a pair of Wisconsin colleges before joining the Lawrence staff. She served as the graduate assistant cross country and track coach at Cardinal Stritch University for two years. Zill, who also has served as a lecturer in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, earned a master's degree in sport management from Cardinal Stritch in 2015. Zill also worked as an assistant track coach at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

A native of Clintonville, Wis., Zill is a 2008 graduate of Clintonville High School, where she was a track and field athlete. Zill put together a stellar collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2012.

A four-year track and field athlete at UW-Oshkosh, Zill was a NCAA Division III All-American in the pole vault and the 4x400-meter relay. Zill was a member of the Titans' teams that swept the indoor and outdoor titles at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2011. She also was on three teams that finished as the runners-up at the NCAA Division Championships.

A Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion in the 4x400 relay, Zill was a member of three league championship teams. She helped the Titans win the WIAC team title indoors in 2011 and 2012 and outdoors in 2011.

Zill and her husband, Ben, live in Cintonville.

Abby Martin | Assistant Coach - Throws


Britanny Sperl | Assistant Coach