Patrick Comer just completed his ninth season as the head women’s and men’s cross country coach at Westmoreland.
Under Comer’s direction, the Wolfpack have become one of the top cross country programs in the region. The 2019 season was the most successful in program history for the women's team. The Wolfpack won the WPCC title for the fifth consecutive season, captured their second Region XX title and finished sixth at the NJCAA National Championships, the highest finish for the program at the national meet. At the NJCAA banquet the night before the national meet, Comer was named the USTFCCCA Central Region NJCAA Division III Women's Coach of the Year. Also following the year, the women's program earned the top spot in the country for highest team GPA at 3.955 and had six earn NJCAA Academic All-American honors.
The Wolfpack men also enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign, as sophomore Dan Miller won the WPCC title, earned All-Region distinction at the Region XX Championships and finished 36th at NJCAA Championships, the highest finish by a Westmoreland men's runner ever at the national championships. The day saw all four Wolfpack runners set PRs.
Overall, the women's program has won five straight WPCC championships and six overall, as well as as two region championships. The men, who had won six straight WPCC Championships from 2013-2018, won their first Region crown in 2018.
Comer is a pillar in the Westmoreland County Cross County scene and helped build the program’s home course into a top meet destination. His efforts have helped Westmoreland host one of the largest junior college cross country meets in the area, the Wolfpack Invitational, and serve as host for the WPCC and Region XX Championship meets. In addition, as a member of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association, Comer’s work has enabled Westmoreland to serve as the host for the County High School Championship meet each of the last four years.
Prior to starting his coaching career, Comer's high school and collegiate careers were also spent in the county. He graduated from Hempfield High School where he ran cross country and track & field for head coach Ron Colland. Comer started his college career at Westmoreland before transferring to Pitt-Greensburg, where he ran cross country for head coach Joyce Brobeck and was captain of the program and #2 runner as a senior.
Comer graduated from Pitt-Greensburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Away from coaching, he has served as manager at Play It Again Sports for the last eight years. Comer married his wife Elizabeth in 2007 and they have three sons; Peyton, Elijiah and Declan.