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Ed Boardman is entering his 14th year as the Head Coach for Boys and Girls Cross-Country at Carlisle High School. He took over the program in the late summer of 2006 and worked very hard to fix a program that was in freefall over the previous 2 seasons.

He spent the 4 years prior as the long distance coach at Shippensburg University during Spring Track seasons. Originally from Chambersburg, he was a team captain of both cross-country (1995) and track (1996) while leading his team to a Mid-Penn Conference Track & Field Championship. He was a top five runner on one of the finest teams in school history in 1994 when the Trojans were 7th at States running sub-17min on multiple occasions. He attended Shippensburg University, and was a varsity athlete throughout his four years of undergraduate study and served as a captain for both the cross-country and track & field teams for the 1999-2000 season. During his four seasons of coaching at the collegiate level after graduation, his athletes claimed 22 PSAC places, including 5 individual championships. He has coached one All-American (Kelly Stewart's 35:34 in the 10k placed 4th at NCAAs in 2004) and one Academic All-American.

The highlight of his first year at Carlisle High School was helping Marie Lamparter to an 8th place finish at the Pennsylvania State Meet(2006), which is still the highest individual finish ever by a Carlisle girl in Cross-country. In 2008 he was proud to coach his first individual District III Champion: Kyle Hurston. 2013 was marked by Carlisle XC's first Mid-Penn title since the 1990s as that boys' team went on to place 6th at the PIAA Championships led by Zach Brehm. In 2014, it was the Lady Herd who finally brought home an elusive District III XC Championship to Carlisle for the first time this millennium. 2016 re-wrote the record books as the Carlisle Boys XC team made history with a 2nd place podium finish at States for the first time in school history. The year was highlighted by our first individual XC State Champion, Noah Affolder, and of course Mid-Penn and District III team titles in the process.

Also the Head Coach for the Boys' and Girls' Track & Field teams here in Carlisle, Boardman's programs have captured 7 District III Team Championships since 2011! This constitutes 7 of the 8 District III team titles Carlisle Athletics have won in any sport over the past 20 years.

Always looking to the future, the past decade has been fantastic, but Boardman is always looking for growth and improvement.

He works full-time for the Department of Defense in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he is employed as a Financial Management Analyst. He holds a Master's of Business Administration from Shippensburg University and lives with his family in Shippensburg (Britton-14, Kylee-12, Braden-8, and Ryan-7)

Mid-Penn XC Commonwealth Division Champions: BOYS: '13, '16, '17, and '18
Mid-Penn XC Commonwealth Division Champions: GIRLS: '17 and '18
District III XC Champions: BOYS: 2016
District III XC Champions: GIRLS: 2014
Pennsylvania State XC Championships Qualifying teams BOYS: '07, '08, '13, '14, '15, '16, '17, and '18
Pennsylvania State XC Championships Qualifying teams GIRLS: '07, '12, '14, '15, and '16


Mary Gasper is a 2003 Chambersburg Area Senior High School graduate and former cross-country and track and field athlete under Tim Cook. She is a 2007 Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) graduate and holds a bachelor's degree in History. She is a former cross-country and track and field athlete under Ed Fry. She also received her Master's Degree in Applied History from Shippensburg University in 2011. She's been employed with the Department of Defense/United States Army at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, for over 10 years. She's an avid runner who has completed races from the 1 mile distance to 13.1 half marathons. Mary joined the coaching staff at Carlisle Area High School in 2011 as an Assistant Cross Country Coach. She enjoys running and training with the Carlisle Herd, and enjoys watching her athletes grow through their own running abilities.


Mary Hey is excited to join as an assistant coach for the Thundering Herd this year. Previously she was at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School as their Head Cross Country Coach for 4 years. Over those four years, she trained the boys' team to placed 11th in the state in 2016 and 10th in the state in 2017 (only 7 points behind Carlisle). Her highlight was coaching Morgan Cupp to a 4th place finish at the State Meet in 2017, the same season he broke the school record at the Carlisle Invite with a 5K time of 15.24. The girls' team was on the rise with being 11 points shy of qualifying for States as a team. Outside of the team, Coach Hey has run 4 half marathons and enjoys running to stay healthy and happy. She wants to encourage runners to make it a lifelong passion! She works as a School Counselor at Wilson Middle School, and is looking forward to working with the high school team this fall.


April Schlusser joins the Carlisle High School cross-country coaching staff this year as a 2011 alumna of the program. Schlusser earned four varsity letters and competed in three PIAA cross country championships while competing for the Thundering Herd under Coach Boardman, as well as three varsity letters in track. She continued her running career at Shippensburg University under Olympian Steve Spence. While at Shippensburg, Schlusser competed in three NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships races and four NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship meets with the Raiders. As a junior in 2013, Schlusser was SU's No. 1 runner at the NCAA Championships. In her 2011 freshman season, she was the No. 5 runner at nationals for an SU squad that placed ninth overall after winning both PSAC and Atlantic Region titles and was named the 2011 PSAC Cross Country Rookie of the Year. On the track, Schlusser was a 6-time PSAC place-winner with SU relays - winning two conference championships by running on SU's 4x800-meter squads during the 2015 indoor and outdoor seasons. Schlusser also had a hand in three other PSAC place-winning 4x8 relays and one distance medley relay. Schlusser was a part of nine PSAC championship teams in all during her tenure; two in cross-country, three in indoor track & field, and swept the outdoor track & field championships all four years. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in psychology from Shippensburg in May 2015 and went on to earn her MBA at Shippensburg in May 2016.