John Treacy: silver medal in the marathon in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
A native of Ireland, Treacy came to Providence College as one of the first of a long line of Irish distance runners enticed to PC by track coach Bob Amato and soccer coach Bill Doyle, who was himself Irish born.
Treacy (whose brother Ray is the highly-successful track coach at PC) was a multiple collegiate All-American in the distance events. He was an All-American in cross-country in 1976, 1977, and 1978; and All-American in indoor and outdoor track in 1978, the NCAA three-mile champion in 1978, and the all-time Friar record holder at 3,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and two miles.
Treacy won the international cross-country championship in 1978 and 1979, setting the stage for his great marathon race in 1984--an Olympiad in which he had already run the 10,000 meter race and finished ninth.
Presently Treacy, a long-time Rhode Island resident, is the CEO of the Dublin-based Irish Sports Council.
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