Patrick Comer just completed his eighth 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 2018 season saw Westmoreland capture WPCC titles for the women and men, marking the fourth consecutive and sixth overall conference crown for each side. The Wolfpack men also claimed the Region XX championship, their first regional title after back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017.
In addition to the team crowns, sophomore Chelsi Bartlow and freshman Dan Miller also claimed the Region XX Division Individual championships this past fall, the second consecutive season the Wolfpack men have boasted the individual regional champion.
The women’s team also owns a Region XX Championship, which was won in 2017 and the program went on to finish 10th in the country at the NJCAA National Championship meet. As a team, the Wolfpack have had NJCAA National Meet qualifiers three consecutive years and five of the last seven seasons.
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.